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Normandy or Northern France

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Normandy or Northern France

We leave Sunday for Paris. Renting a car for the first three days before heading back to Paris for business. We want to visit Canadian War Memorials. As we only have three days (and will be dead tired from a redeye flight), anyone have recommendation between Arras (Vimy) and Normandy (Juno Beach). We just don't have time to do both! I think we can go to Dieppe if we choose either.

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1. Re: Normandy or Northern France

We visited the museum (Juno Beach Centre) at Juno Beach a few years back. It is very interesting, but rather small; you could visit the whole building in less than an hour. It was pouring rain, and we were on bikes, so we didn't take the time to visit the beach itself.

After seeing the Vimy Memorial ceremonies on tv last month, I think it would be the more impressive of the two areas to visit. Also, you would have an opportunity to see the cemetery, which you can't do if you go to Juno Beach.

Hope you have a wonderful trip!

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Thanks for the info.

I checked out AA Roadwatch and think we are going to do the schedule below. Would like to go to Somme, too, but it is SO much driving.

Day 1

Paris-Arras to see Vimy

Arras-Rouen

Day 2

Rouen-Caen to visit Roen and Caen

Day 3

All D-Day beaches

Day 4

Caen-Paris

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Was going to suggest a trip much as you mention here Vimy is about 1 hour north of Paris CDG airport and is very close to the motorway.

25 miles away - Would suggest as you are very close at least on more stop on the Somme that is at Beaumont Hamel to see the Newfoundland Park, this is in my opinion the "must visit" location of the battlefields.

www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm…

Then head for you start location of Caen for the WWII beaches, then start by the Pegasus Bridge and after follow your nose and the signs you can do a leisurely trip along stopping and visiting and you’ll still end up in St Mere Eglise by late afternoon.

Cherry pick where you want to stop and see as if you visit every museum you’ll go nowhere.

When you finish stay either Caen or Bayeux and then you’re on the motorway straight back to Paris

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You have gotten good ideas from the responses. My only addition would be to stay in Bayeaux rather than Caen for an overnight. We have stayed in both places and much preferred Bayeaux. The town center is very welcoming - small enough to get to everything with enough choices of hotels and restaurants. We really enjoyed staying there. Caen is fine but much larger.

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Thanks everyone. Had looked at the Somme stop, but thought it was off the track. We will definitely go Somme then Arras and play it by ear after that whether we go to the Beaches. The idea of Ypres is creeping in. It's only an hour and a half from Vimy..... Wish we had another day so we could do it all.

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We're back from france. Excellent trip.

We drove straight off the red eye.

Beaumont Hamel and Vimy then to Passendale on day 1.

Tiring but we did it.

then headed to Rouen.

day 3 we were off again to Bayeaux (stopping at the Le Brun cellar near Caen en route). able to see a couple of d-day sites, including Juno and the canadian cemetary.

we'll be back here. definitely not enough time. we were trying to see so much in so little time that we spent a lot of time driving. if we'd had on extra day we could have seen a lot more.

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7. Re: Normandy or Northern France

Bayeux is a much better bet than Caen. The hotel Lion d'or (golden lion) is in the town centre set back from the road and is where journalists were based after the D Day landings. Nice restaurant too.

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