Le Clos de la Barre Tourist routes
Excursion N°1 – D.Day West side – Utah beach – 120kms.
Departure around 8.30am from Le Clos de la Barre. Direction Cherbourg via N13 until you reach La Cambe, German Cemetery (21300 buried soldiers). After this first reality, follow N13 until you reach road D913 on your right hand side up to the village of Ste Marie-du-Mont. See the 14 boards explaining about the importance of this village. Then carry on D913 until you see the Utah beach museum (US. Landing center). After the visit follow the coastal road D421 north until you reach the sign of the Crisbecq batteries before going to visit the Azeville batteries. Return to N13 and turn south until you reach Ste Mère-l’église. Visit the church where the US parachutist hung and do not forget the US Airborne museum. Time to return to Basly with a stopover for dinner.
Excursion N°2 – D.Day West – Omaha, Gold beaches – 80kms.
Time to leave, it is 8.30am. Take direction Cherbourg on N13 until you reach the road D113 going to Grandcamp-Maisy. Visit the Rangers museum explaining the story of the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc. Then you can go via D514 to the Pointe du Hoc and see for yourself their achievements. Carry on D514 until you reach the town of St Laurent-sur-mer to visit the Memorial museum of Omaha beach and then to the American cemetery. There do not forget to visit the basement of the reception building. On to the Longues-sur-mer batteries and then keep the same direction to Arromanches-sur-mer, where you will visit the “Musée du Débarquement” explaining the technical wonders of the Mulberry Port. Time to go for dinner, may be in St Aubin-sur-Mer, and back home to Basly.
Excursion N°3 – D. Day Est – Juno and Sword beaches – 60kms.
No time for rest, Direction Courseulles-sur-mer to see the “Croix de Lorraine”, point where the General De Gaulle landed from England on June 14th, 1944. Near it visit the Canadian museum of Juno beach. Following the coastal road going east to Ouistreham where you can visit the 4th Commando museum and the Great Bunker part of the Atlantic Wall, dominating the town and situated right in the center of town. Then, departure for Benouville and see the famous Pegasus Bridge and its nearby museum and then still on D514 carry on to Merville-Franceville where you can see the Batteries. On your way back, cross once more the Pegasus bridge and follow the road to Douvres-la-Délivrande via D35 to visit the German Radar museum on D83, on Basly’s road. There is as well a Bristish cemetery in Douvres. Time for a break…
Excursion N°4 The Mont st Michel and St Malo – 280kms.
Today, it is imperative to have an early breakfast in order to depart at 7.30am. Take the A84. You must be in the Mont st Michel by no later than 9.00am to get a parking space near the Mont and visit the Abbey prior the tourist buses arrives and jams the Mont. After visiting the abbey, walk around the Mont on top of the outskirt walls to see the Channel and the bay. Then around 11.30am exit quickly and go to St Malo. Town of Jacques Cartier who emigrated to Canada in the 17th century. Visit the inner fort city (walking is the way to do it). Lunch in St Malo and then on the way back stop in Villedieu-les-poêles ( about halfway on A84). It is the center of laces, copper and where the big bells are made in the bell foundry, you can visit. There is as well a beautiful collection of antic Norman furniture in the museum of the “Meubles Normand”. It is time to get back to the Côte de Nacre and to Basly.
Excursion N°5 – Pays d’Auge – Lisieux – honfleur – 120kms.
Early morning, take the road D79 south onto the ringroad direction Paris via A13. Exit at Dozulé and follow the road D49 up to Beuvron-en-Auge. It is one of the most beautiful village of France, all in “colombages” tudor style. Then carry on D49 until you reach D16 and join the N13 towards Lisieux. On your left, you will see the Château de Crèvecoeur-en-Auge, a middle-age castle with costumed acteurs like it used to be. Arriving in Lisieux, visit the Basilica and Ste Thérèse’s Carmel. Then via D579 going north, go to Pont-l’évèque and take the road D177 towards Deauville. At the exit of Pont-l’évèque, at Coudray-Rabut, visit the Calvados and Pommeau maker "Christian Drouin", one of the best maker in Pays d’Auge. Go to Deauville and all the very expensive shops, the casino and “les Planches”. Follow the coastal road Est towards Honfleur, visit the old fishing port, not forgetting Ste Catherine Church, a jewel from the 15th century all in wood, made by marine carpenters. Back to Basly after dinner.
Excursion N°6 – Caen – Falaise – Suisse Normande – 180kms.
Around 8.30am, departure for Caen. Visit the “Abbaye aux Dames” (Queen Mathilda) and the “Abbaye aux Hommes” (William the Conqueror), then go to the Château of Caen, home of William and visit the Normandy Museum, the only one free of charge. There is as well the Beaux arts Museum, but time is of essence….. Then leave Caen for Falaise, take the ringroad and take N158 to visit the Castle of Falaise, where William was born. Onto Pont d’Ouilly and follow the valley of the Orne river towards Clècy on D168. From Clècy, take the “Route des Crêtes” and see the “Pain de Sucre”at 256m high, it is the center for Delta plane. Return safely to the coast and Basly.
Excursion N°7 – Day of departure – Memorial of Peace. 10kms.
It takes a minimum of four hours to visit Caen Memorial of Peace. The morning of your departure seems to be the best, as it is near Basly and it is not tiring. Of course if your are passionate about World War II, you may spend 6 or 8 hours there. A restaurant is situated in the lobby.
Naturally, you may have liked to visit la “Roche d’Oëtre, or one of the tenth Abbey or some of the fifty “châteaux” in our region. You have not seen Bayeux, it’s Cathedral, Queen Mathilda’s Tapistry and the Musée Baron Gérard. You could have seen the Haras National in St Lô or in the Haras du Pin. Or a visit to the fabrics of our famous "Andouille" sausage or a stroll in the alleys of one of the many public or private gardens… Well you will have no other choice than to come back to see the many sites you have missed in Calvados. We will make you like Normandy.