So here we were, just one more stop before we holed-up in Dieppe for a few nights to chill out.
The plan was to use one of the Aires in Arromanches les Bains, D-Day central. However it was almost entirely closed up in town and so we decided to head off.
Before we did however I took the opportunity to takes some photos of the Mulberry Harbours.
The many floating Mulberry Harbours were towed across from England in June 1944, as part of D-Day plans. They formed floating ‘piers’, out into the sea, so that ships could dock and unload men and supplies to an othwise unsuitable beach.
And so to Juno Beach at Courseulles for the night.
Juno Beach is a D-day beach, just like Utah Beach and Omaha, and this whole section of coast is full of regimental memorials. The Croix de Lorraine commemorates De Gaulle setting foot back on French soil and was 200 metres away from our parking spot.
Strangely the ‘camping car’ places weren’t actually long enough for camping cars. I parked up sideways, across about 4 places, to avoid sticking out into the small beach road. Humberto is only a 6.5m motorhome so bigger Motorhomes, in full season, may have a problem here.
Apparently (I slept through it zzzzzz) the wind and rain were atrocious overnight and gave Mrs H a sleepless night.
With that in mind it seemed ideal to be spending the last 3 nights in Dieppe, a place we care very comfortable in.
2 days of Cafés, bars and restaurants provided a lovely, civilised, end to our month in north-west France. We sailed home on Sunday 10th February, after setting off on the 10th of January.
It was a superb break. Yes, January seems like an odd time to go exploring the brutal Atlantic coast but, because of that, we had the place to ourselves.
I keep telling people how privileged I feel, exploring amazing scenery, and tourist hot-spots, in total tranquillity and privacy.
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing. So pack some suitable clothing and explore a deserted Normandie & Brittany in January 2020.