I do not think so!
Having done this a number of times from La Defense in Paris, it is a good full day from Paris, let alone England.
Maybe you could take a hydrofoil from England to France and see some of the sights but it would be a very long day.
Your best bet is to check the web and see if anyone is offering day trips to Normandie from England.
I agree with Jerry in that it is a very long trip from the UK to Normandy. But, if you can find the time for more than a day trip, it is an experience well worth the trip. In my opinion, to truly appreciate the Normandy region and the WWII beaches a day trip won't do it justice.
The American cemetery overlooking Omaha beach is one of the most moving places one could ever visit. You will remember what you see for a lifetime. It is amazing to see and be where our soldiers were and get a sense (looking down over the beaches below) of what they went through to accomplish the taking of those beachheads. Seeing the reality of the loss of life suffered with the graves and crosses that adorn them is unbelievable.
While there, you should also try and see the picturesque towns of Honfleur and Deauville as they are close by. Little fishing villages that are still in use today, small little walking streets to get a sense of the village life in France and and the food is wonderful, although a little pricey during the summer season. Deals abound in the fall and winter though as it is a much slower time.
Have a great trip wherever you get to!
While im in Paris on my honeymoon i will have the great pleasure to take a day trip out to Normandy!!!
I had a great uncle land there in the second wave and an uncle towards the end of Oct.44 who ending up fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.
Im a huge history fan and wwII buff, will also be touring Berchtesgaden before we end up in Paris
Give yourself plenty of time! It is a full day Try to have lunch in the Port at Trouville, see the first casino in France as you drive West in Deauville and enjoy the Normandy sights.
Try to get a "Guided tour" and hit all the museums in the area!
Please send some pictures to us MRI! I didn't get enough and that was a mistake!
Our trip/tour to Normandy is a pretty structured one, it is approx. a 16 hour day with alot to take in.
I will glady take (tons) of pics and post following our return.
A luncheon is served put not sure where, will soak up and enjoy the beauty of the area but also the somberness that comes along with it.
One of my coworkers has a great uncle buried at the American cemetary and will be my mission to take a photo and say a prayer for him.
Yes, both of my uncles survived and lived to a ripe old age..My great uncle Ralph was there shortly after the liberation of Dachau and didnt/wouldnt talk much about specifics during his active duty during the war.
A lot of general very interesting stories but kept most of his wartime experiences secret and to himself.
My uncle Jerry was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge and carried a small fragment from a german 88 in his back for the remainder of his life.
After Germany surrendered he was put on MP duty and was part of the process of security with the sorting out of refugees and german soldiers, he stayed in country till mid 1946 and was then mustered out.
My Uncle Jerry brought home a lot of interesting war souveniers that i was fortunate to inherit a few.
The area i live in (Peru IL) is/was home to several of the Pearl Harbor survivors..most notably as our hometown hero was Hank Ellerbrock, he was on the USS West Virginia when it was attacked.
We have had countless war vets in our area,with amazing tales of herorics and survival.
And as a weird turn/twist of veterans there was also numerous german soldiers that located in the Illinois Valley, one was a driver for Erwin Rommel in the early campaigns in Africa, another was August Spechler(think thats how you spell it) who was a german Luftwaffe officer who worked at our local closk factory (Westclox) and another that comes to name is a man with the last name of Reides..he was a Hitler youth member and radio operator during the war and later towards the und of the war he helped man an 88 Flak gun.
He was an engineer at the company i work for..Carus Chemical.
Just a little of the history of the area i live in.
Hope you found it intersting.
Thanks for inquiring
Great story and information!
Have a wonderful time, and relax a little during the day! Make sure you take an umbrella or raincoat. The weather there tends to be "Strange"!
BTW, I like Peru, Il! Go by on my way to Rockford and Milwaukee! I-39 keeps me out of Chicago! One day I was driving up listening to the radio. They said, "A tornado has been spotted 3 miles West of Tonica". I did not know exactly where I was, but looked at the next Hwy. sign and it said, "Tonica exit one mile"!
Never saw the tornado, but the weather around The Illinois River is always "Strange", especially crossing that high, long bridge over it!
Thanks for your post!
The bridge youre talking about is the Abraham Lincoln Memorial bridge.
Also,the tornado that you mentioned caused severe damage and several deaths.
The tornado originated west of Tonica and traveled on an easterly path over the bridge you were on and hit the little village of Utica where most of the fatalities occured.
If youre into hiking and exploring and you have some extra time the next trip this way make a visit to Starved Rock State Park...located in Utica..
Alot of history there and a very beautiful please to visit, especially in the fall when the leaves change.
There is also a HUGE event called Burgoo usually the first week of Oct. in Utica, the town of about 350 swells to about 10000-14000
crafters, venders reenactors, TONS of food, a local stew they make and serve entertainment etc.... well worth at least one visit.
Thanks for the update and information. Did not know the name of the bridge, but remember that day well!
It was extremely hot in Central Illinois and extremely cool as i approached your area. That spawned the Tornado! It was really windy going across the Abe Lincoln Bridge.
Have marked my calendar for Utica in October! That sounds like real fun!
Thank-you so much for the post!
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This url was near another that was just sent to me and I thought it might be interesting to some WWII buffs like me.
I have an e-friend who went there since he was a tank driver in the Army and a lifer. I sent him the e-mail today after he'd send a message that led to that link. While there, he met a surviving platoon leader who had started with 35 men and made it to the beach with 6. I guess Saving Private Ryan was pretty accurate on that. I just can't stand to watch the first few minutes of it.
I hope you do get to make it in June.
I can watch the 2 war movies okay, but have to close my eyes with the beach opening scenes.
I can't watch horror movies very often. Never watched Exorcist, Jaws, Nightmare on Elm Street, Chucky, or others.
I think we become too immersed in what we see. I used to catch TX grasshoppers and other insects, but after the Sci-Fi's of the '50's, I became afraid of them when a June bug didn't want to let loose of me one summer.
That is too good!
I forgot about The Exorcist, I could not sleep that night in the KCMO hotel room by myself!
When I went to the movie, I really had no idea what this movie was about!
It was a true story, based upon a situation in St. Louis, To my knowledge, the house is still there!