Arromanches, Juno Beach and Dieppe.

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.

A cyclist on the beach gives scale to some of the remaining Mulberrys.
Looking out from the cliffs
Mulberry, left on the Arromanche beach, for 74 years. A reminder.
Millions, literally, of allied troops poured into Arromanche in the months following the invasion. It must have been quite a sight.

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.

Finally back at a very empty Dieppe Aire again

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.

Lee

7 thoughts on “Arromanches, Juno Beach and Dieppe.

  1. Garry says:

    This series has been really interesting. We were in the area of the D Day landings during June time and its a different experience to put it mildly. Happy planning for your next trip !

    1. Humberto says:

      Hi Garry
      I’ve been to the D-Day beaches a lot over the last few years, it’s very convenient from where I live.

      If I hadn’t been then I’d have taken more time to explore them. I’d certainly advise anyone, who hasn’t been, to visit them.
      In my opinion every politician should go and visit the cemeteries, as it may help them understanding the consequences of going to war at the drop of a hat (or the drop of some oil to be more accurate).

  2. Robert Keys says:

    Hello
    Excellent blog and photographs.
    I agree, off tourist season is the best time to visit any country.
    Take care & safe travels!
    Kind regards,
    Robert

    1. Humberto says:

      Thanks Robert.
      This has been our first full year of travelling off-season (due to our own kids and my wife’s old job of working with kids).
      I expect we’ll treat “full-season” as an excuse to visit relatives in the UK, rather than as a time to travel abroad.
      I hate crowds and hate paying twice the price to vacation in crowds even more. I’ll take a windswept Brittany coast, in perfect isolation , than any touristy site in August any day of the week.
      We’re in the process of selling our house now, which is why we had to come home. Once that’s done we can put stuff in storage for a while, hit the road, and try to decide what to do with this latest stage of our lives.
      It’s all an adventure and I’m very excited to see what “homelessness” throws up.

  3. Ken says:

    We very much enjoyed your thoughtful pieces on the Normandy beaches, we’ve been over a couple of times and always leave realising that there is so much more to explore and understand.
    Our stories sound similar..! We ‘discovered’ the joys of motorhoming in 2015, starting our own blog then. We’re just recovering from the process of selling up, storing our things, being homeless and living in the van for a while, and finally buying a smaller place in a completely new area last September. Essential DIY has been the order of the day since then but we aim to make up for the lack of European travel last year with a ten week amble round Spain and back up through France starting mid-March 😊
    We’ll check in with you from time to time to see how you’re coping with the selling-up trauma!! Good luck with it, regards Ken, Gill & Vince

    1. Humberto says:

      Exciting times Ken.
      We plan to bank the money from the house sale, see how Brexit pans out, and maybe find a French farmhouse, with some holiday rental potential and land.
      Life’s short and there’s so much to see (even if it’s through horizontal rain, it beats watching Ant & Dec on TV or whatever).

      1. Greg vickers says:

        Exciting times – my favourite film of all time is “A good year” based in Provence.
        Looking forward to hearing about all your adventures whilst we are still stuck with the 9-5 .
        Greg

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