France, Manche (50), Carentan (vue aérienne)
Utah Beach, Normandy, France
Church of Sainte-Mère-Église
France, Manche (50), Carentan, le port sur le canal de Vire et Taute
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From Carentan to Quinéville
A short weekend with a difference with two days tracing the D-Day landings. Relive history in the heart of the Cotentin peninsular by delving into the memories of the allies in Normandy. From Carentan to Quinéville, via Sainte-Mère-Eglise, this is a trip to soak up the ocean spray and the memories that have marked France.
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Begin your trip with a visit to the mdieval town of Carentan. Here you can explore its 11th century church, medieval arcades, mansions and its unmissable port amongst other things. Next, head to Utah Beach, one of the most famous of the landing beaches. You can also visit the D-Day Museum (allow 2hrs for a visit), which presents a detailed account of the events that unfolded in the area. Next, continue on to your overnight destination, the peaceful village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the second most significant location of the air landings after Utah Beach. A reproduction of paratrooper Steele still hangs from the church steeple. Be sure to visit the Airborne Museum, which traces the story of the town’s liberation.
Set off the following morning from Sainte-Mère-Eglise to Orglandes, where you can visit the German cemetary which accommodates over 10,000 crosses. Continue to Ecausseville, where the airship hangar occupied by the Germans was the scene of violent clashes between the Allies and the enemy forces in 1944. Azeville has preserved one of the first construction points of the Atlantic Wall, defended by an impressive battery that was used against the Americans during the landings. Your final destination is Quinéville, the site of a German artillery position, as well as the location for a commando reconaissance operation undertaken by the Americans a few months earlier in prepartion of the landings.
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