On 7th June 2014, we took part in a tour organised by the Mémorial de Caen Museum. The guided tour took in sights around the coast including the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer and a German battery at Pointe-du-Hoc.
American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France
The American Cemetery at Colleville overlooks Omaha Beach and is the largest allied burial ground in Normandy. This is where 'Saving Private Ryan' begins.
German Battery, Pointe-du-Hoc, Normandy, France
Pointe-du-Hoc was taken by 2nd US Rangers. They held out against the odds for two days on the Normandy cliffs. The 1st US Rangers formed in Carrickfergus.
Bayeux was our destination on 8th June 2014. These streets were full of military vehicles and jubilant locals and tourists as the Calvados town celebrated 70 years since its liberation by Allied forces.
The Bypass, Bayeux, Normandy, France
After D-Day, on 18th June 1944, work began on the Bayeux Bypass. Today's ring-road follows the same route laid down by Royal Engineers and Pioneer Corps.
Bayeux Cathedral, Bayeux, Normandy, France
The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Bayeux stands in the southeast of the city and was mainly undamaged by the raging Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944.
Battle of Normandy Museum, Bayeux, Normandy, France
The Battle of Normandy raged in northern France from 6th June to 29th August 1944. This museum in Bayeux tells the whole story through original artifacts.
Bayeux Memorial, Bayeux, Normandy, France
More than 1800 names are listed on the Bayeux Memorial. It faces the British Cemetery to the south-west of the town and is a sombre place to pay respects.