Cité de la Mer, Cherbourg
Set in the old cruise terminal of Cherbourg, Cite de la Mer is a fantastic museum based on ‘man’s adventures under the sea’. Visitors can view a collection of underwater vessels, an aquarium, a nuclear submarine, and a ‘Titanic Experience’ with interactive areas. New for next year will be a ‘Walking into the Depths’ experience, a simulator where you begin a virtual dive down into the mysterious, inhospitable world of the ocean depths!
American Airborne Museum, Sainte-Mère-Église
This fascinating museum is based on the exploits of the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Once inside you are handed a ‘histopad’, an interactive iPad, that transports you to the heart of Normandy in 1944, giving you an in-depth experience of the D-Day landings, using photographs, games and animated maps.
Bayeux and The Bayeux Tapestry
Bayeux was just an amazing medieval village, a fabulous place to have a little wander around. It boasts a stunning cathedral, cobbled streets, shops, and boutiques. We stopped for lunch in a typical French café right in the middle of Bayeux’s square. Highly recommended if you would like the children to take in a truly French experience.
Next stop was the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Once inside you were issued with a clever audio stick that brought the tapestry to life, a great way to understand the story and visually see the events leading up to the Norman Conquest and eventually the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer
This is the D-Day beach where the Canadians landed on 6th June 1944. The Juno Beach Centre pays respect to the 4,500 Canadians who lost their lives during the war. It is situated right on the beach with easy access to view and explore the many bunkers that line the sand dunes and take in the sights of the stunning beach where the historical landings took place.
Biscuiterie de Jeannette, Colombelles
A great little factory to stop at for around ½ hour to see how the famous Madeleines are made and produced. A lovely stop for the students (and teachers!) to have a chance to spend a little bit of spending money in the factory shop.