Yet another holiday and where to go? We like the Loire, we’ve been several times, usually staying north of Saumur at a great gite near Chateau-la-Valliere. We fancied trying somewhere else and managed to get a late booking at La Rue Vaslin near to Parcay-les-Pins.
The usual, expensive, Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen saw us deposited on French soil late one afternoon. 3 1/2 hours later we’d arrived at the gite. It was fine, all you need for a holiday, clean and comfortable, and with a great pool. The complimentary bottle of wine slipped down easily!
The holiday was just what was needed, hot, lots of sun, lots of wine, lots of good books to be read, and a little tourism. Knowing the area well we weren’t in a mad rush to do stuff. We did the usual trip to the excellent Sunday market at Langeais to stock up, had a pleasant lunch at Fontevraud (one of our favourite ever places), stocked up with one of our favourite wines from Louis de Grennelle, and had a pleasant wander around Bourgueil.
A bit of swimming, table-tennis, walking, and some early morning jogs, completed a relaxing week.
As you may know from other posts on this blog, we have an interest in the First World War. We’ve not actually done much regarding the Second World War so we decided to put this right. Returning home from France via Caen we took the opportunity to spend some time visiting Normandy and the famous beaches. We stayed in the Best Hotel on the outskirts of Caen, it was fine, clean and comfortable, with a decent restaurant.
Our first visit was to the Caen Memorial. A hulking monolith of a building housing an excellent museum, taking you through the buildup to WWII, the war in general, not just as it related to France but with an obvious focus on D-Day, and the role of the resistance.
A visit here is highly recommended.
We spent a morning in Bayeaux at an excellent WWII museum opposite the CWGC cemetery. The museum focussed on D-Day as you’d expect and gave a really good grounding to those fateful days in 1944. Naturally we had to go and see the tapestry too, it was well worth it. A little tip – you can buy a combined ticket for all the museums in Bayeaux.
We enjoyed a lunch and a pleasant wander around Bayeaux, a lovely little town and one to which we will return.
We then visited Omaha Beach. No words to describe it really. Now, it is a peaceful beach on the Atlantic coast, then….