Colleville-sur-Mer and Bayeux

Our first stop today on the way out of Arromanches is the 360° cinema at the top of the hill with great views of the town.. We watch the multimedia reel which very movingly recreates the Battle of Normandy.

360° cinema

On the road again now to Colleville-sur-Mer which is the location of the American military cemetery built above Omaha beach. It’s very busy but well organised and welcoming to motorhomes, just like most places in France.

Our first stop is the visitors centre where we watch an emotional film about some of the Americans who are buried here.

The cemetery itself is perfectly maintained in a lovely location full of trees and shrubs. There are 9387 graves and a memorial wall to 1557 missing in action. You can see Omaha beach way down below.

Part of the memorial wall to the 1557 missing

It’s only 45 mins to Bayeux including a quick pit stop for ice. The site Camping Municipal des Bords de l’Aure de Bayeux is well established with lots of mature trees. It’s very busy with a mix of motorhomes, caravans and lots of tents.

After a lovely long shower we walk into Bayeux. We take the river walk for some of the way before going slightly off route. The main street is bustling with lots of bars and restaurants all looking full. We find a bar to have a drink and then after a couple of tries a lovely restaurant. T has boeuf bourguignon and I have chicken with a Normandy sauce, both are absolutely delicious. We squeeze in the tart of the day which is apple with honey and roasted almonds also yummy.

We stopped for a final drink in a bar with live music playing outside. It’s fun to people watch and enjoy the happy atmosphere.

Twenty minutes walk and we are back at the van. The end of another good but tiring day.

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