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Advance Warning - Summer 2018 I&i Northern France


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Harold and I have been discussing a possible I&I to northern France in the summer (target June) 2018. Starting in Paris (Les Invalids & Musee d'Orsay) we would travel north to the WW1 battlefields including the Vimy Memorial. Then we would swing over to Normandy to see the beaches and the maritime museum in Cherbourg where they have an SSBN open as a museum ship. Then down to the French armour museum at Saumur and back to Paris. This is all just in the discussion stage and open to change, so if you are interested feel free to put your 2 cents in. I was thinking 8 to 10 days staying in hotels in Paris, Normandy and around Saumur, but once again nothing is cast in stone.

 

Here is the itinerary:

June 13-15 Paris*

16-19 ww1 Battlefields
19 travel to Caen*
20-21 Normandy
22 Cherburg
23 Saumur
23 Back to Paris*
*Hotel locations
These are the current attendees:
Ken Estes
Allan Wotherspoon
Leo Niehorster
Sunday
Markus Becker
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I like it. Could bring/hire a car for the part outside Paris, if necessary. The aerospace museum at Le Bourget deserves a visit, also.

For +1s there is the Bayeux tapestry, and the castles of the Loire.

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June might be too early for me (I work in June to pay for summer vacations!) but a late June/early July timeframe might work for me. My +1 and I are considering going to Europe next summer to see my brother who's stationed in Italy. We'll keep this in mind.

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I like this idea. I'd almost certainly drive myself over. Any fools who take to my car would have to get used to being on the wrong side of the road in a car with the steering wheel on the right :D

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I like this idea. I'd almost certainly drive myself over. Any fools who take to my car would have to get used to being on the wrong side of the road in a car with the steering wheel on the right :D

 

I think both Marek, and Allan, have some, related, experience in the matter :D

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For example, here is the Normandy phase of the program I was doing for Texas A&M University's summer program in history, last time in 2011, whence Banshee One and Dave Clark visited:

 

Week 1: 6-9 July

W: Leave Texas

Th: Arrive Paris, Bus to Caen, Lunch at Café en route

F: Orientation to Caen: Abbaye aux Dames Tour 11 am, Reception noon;

Sa: 10:00 am; André Heintz; p.m.: Visit Memorial Museum

6:30 Commemorative Ceremony /Reception

Week 2: 10-16 July

Su: Free Day

M: Fieldtrip: Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery, Canadian Cemetery, 360 Theatre, Arromanche

Tu: Classes

W: Fieldtrip: Omaha Beach: U.S. Cemetery, Vierville Gap, Pointe du Hoc, German Cemetery

Th: Classes

F: Research Day

Sa: Free Day

Week 3: 17-23 July

Su: Free Day

M: Research Day

Tu: Field Trip: Grand Camp Maisy, St. Mere Eglise, Polish Cemetery

W: Classes

Th: Fieldtrip: Bayeaux Normandy Campaign Museum, Br. Cemetery, Tapistry

F: Classes in a.m. Midterm Examinations in p.m.

Sa: Free Day

Week 4: 24 July-30 July

Su: Free Day

M: Caen > Huisnes-sur-Mer (German Cemetery) > Mont St. Michel > St. Malo

Tu: St. Malo WW2 Museum

W (War Tunnels Museum)

Th: St. Malo to Paris via Chartre

F: Paris: a.m.: WW2 Walking Tour

Sa: Paris

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Any thoughts on a base? I think we will have to move around rather than staying in one place. Certainly Vimy & the other WW 1 battlefields are doable from Paris (there are even tours if we want to put it in someone else's hands), but I think we will need to stay somewhere to do Normandy and Cherbourg and then Saumur.

 

Post trip, I am planning a few days in London to do some more sightseeing. This time, I think the RAF museum and maybe another trip up to Duxford...

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Just looking at the map Caen might make a good base for the Normandy portion. Realizing that Tanknetters will expand any activity to consume all available time, and that no battlefield marker or museum is too obscure to be bypassed, here is my rough guess at a schedule.

 

June 13-15 Paris

16-19 ww1 Battlefields
19 travel to Caen
20-21 Normandy
22 Cherburg
23 Saumur
23 Back to Paris
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Les Invalides are whole day visit, it took me two tours of about 3 hours each just to skim it. It works IIRC 9am-5pm.

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