D-Day Beaches (Normandy Beaches) are located in Normandy, France. These are the historic site of the Allied invasion of western Europe during WWII, Operation Overlord.
Normandy features a 'maritime' climate with warm summers and mild winters. However, rain is a part of the climate year round but it is not enough to spoil a cruise vacation. And it does have a benefit: Normandy Beaches' nature is incredibly green and lush.
Normandy is easy to reach from Paris, either by train (2 h from Paris Saint Lazare station to Caen central station), or by car (2-3 h drive). Alternatively, the ferry across the channel takes 6 h from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, with a good starting point the easternmost D-day target.
Local tourist information offices provide leaflets (in English) that list key visitor attractions. Details of 7 route itineraries are offered, signposted on the road network.
More than sixty years after D-Day, the coast of Normandy is peaceful with beautiful seaside towns and lovely beaches. Behind the coast one may find a farming landscape of grain fields, pastures and cattle, farmhouses and hedges. But the memories of D-Day and war are engrained in the landscape. There are the remains of gun emplacements and bunkers along the 50-mile invasion coast. War memorials and monuments mark the site where the allied forces landed.
Pegasus Bridge, target of the British sixth Airborne, was the site of the earliest action of Normandy landings. In 1994 the bridge was replaced by one similar in appearance. The original is housed on the grounds of nearby museum complex.
Parts of Mulberry harbour are visible at Omaha Beach. A memorial to honour the American National Guard was built at the location of former German strongpoint. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is in nearby Colleville-sur-Mer.
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