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Pegasus Bridge Normandy 2 months 1 week ago #440422

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Pegasus bridge museum very well worth visiting, good dispays and easy access. Unless your French is good avoid the guided tour which includes about half an hour sitting round a model of the area and having every last detail explained in rapid French.
The replica Horsa glider is, unfortunately just that and not available to walk through. It's a bit sterile compared to the exhibit at the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop Hampshire.
But all the rest, the bridge models, the lcalculator for loading the gliders., the air portable vehicles - excellent. My OH who is not by any means an aviation anorak like me rated it highly.
The original bridge has been relocated to the museum which also has sections of the much less glamourpus Bailey Bridges much used in the area. Good basic engineering design needing few and basic tools to build. Good to see many young Brits visiting and being impressed by the courage and determination of their grandfathers too.

There is a site beyond the museum coming from the Ouistreham direction, sorry forgotten name. Pretty old and expensive but quiet. The big site almost next to the ferry port would also be convenient.

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Pegasus Bridge Normandy 2 months 5 days ago #440640

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"There is a site beyond the museum coming from the Ouistreham direction, sorry forgotten name. Pretty old and expensive but quiet.".

I think that would be Camping Des Capucines in Ranville. As you say, a quiet site and a little tired but still one of my favourites. But it certainly does not have any views of the beaches.

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Pegasus Bridge Normandy 2 months 5 days ago #440641

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I stayed there about 4 years ago and the site was open until the end of October, when French chilren came around for Halloween, thankfully I had some sweets, chocolate and tangerines.
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The site must be around here somewhere.????
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Pegasus Bridge Normandy 2 months 5 days ago #440657

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EH52ARH wrote:
I stayed there about 4 years ago and the site was open until the end of October, when French chilren came around for Halloween, thankfully I had some sweets, chocolate and tangerines.

A bucket of cold water is a good alternative to sweets, chocolate and tangerines. It is trick or treat after all.

At home I have a bucket of cold water on the en suite window ledge above the front door should the halloween visitors request a trick :P :P
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Pegasus Bridge Normandy 1 month 3 weeks ago #441063

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We've been to France four times since getting into caravanning last June - returned late last night from a week in Houlgate, Normandy. I can't recommend Houlgate enough, along with a trip along the coast to Honfleur, Deauville, Trouville etc. Beautiful little towns with fab restaurants and a great atmosphere. We stayed at Camping La Vallee, but I'm not sure it's the correct location for you, and it's got a bar, pool etc - ideal to keep our little ones occupied.
Our biggest piece of advice for driving in France is to get a Sanef toll tag if you're going to drive on motorways (autoroutes - "peage" - you have to pay a toll to use them), I can't praise them enough. From memory it's a minimal cost to subscribe, then once you're on the autoroute network you drive more-or-less straight through the toll booths. No trying to get a bit closer to the toll booth because the passenger can't quite reach to pay, not having the right money, dropping your credit card then being too close to the barrier to open the card door... etc etc...). Of course you do receive a bill when you get home :(
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Make sure you check out some of the French laws re carrying reflective jackets in the car (not the boot / caravan, but accessible in case you break down) and also two in-date, NF-approved breathalysers. We also bought some speed limit stickers for the rear of the caravan this time; according to the man on P&O these are a legal requirement in France, but to be honest I'm not convinced..... (we're a 3,500kg+ outfit and I think the comments above re the maximum capacity of the towing car rather than actual weight as weighed by a weigh bridge at the time are correct).
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