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Walks and Cycling... plus a little alcohol...and nostalgia

We decided to stop 2 nights in St Fromond for two reasons. It meant we could both have a drink as when Graham is driving the next day he only has a couple of beers and to be fair I only have a couple of glasses of wine. So tonight out came the Whiskey and Bacardi ... The other reason we wanted to stay was to walk to a derelict chateau and take the bikes out for a cycle ride that was close (Lillian... you and Bob would love it. No traffic goes from Cherbourg to Mt St Micheal.. but the bit we did was very quiet, no traffic, unless you count two horses and an ass....Good wide mainly tarmac / gravel and alongside the river...) We walked to the chateau on this afternoon and planned the bike ride for tomorrow. So off we set for the 2 miles along the river and canal. We got there and were surprised to see that it was covered in storks nest. The little information sign (which helpfully was in English too) said that the chateau was derelict even before 1944, when General Patton freed St Fromond in a three day battle where some Americans lost there lives and took the bridge back from the Germans. All the roads seem to be named after Americans too... I digress..The chateau was then a nudist camp in the 1960, but fell into further disrepair and in the 1980's the storks took it over and now is protected, as there are some 70 pairs in the local area. They arrive in March so no sign of them now or their offspring...
The following day was a lovely day but a chilly wind, but still nice enough for our bike ride and tee shirts... So off we set. We thought St Lo was too far at around 18 km so headed for a small town called Pont Herbert. We got there at lunch time and there was street food being sold, so we partook (well Graham did) of a Jambon (ham) baguette ... well have a bloody french stick with what he said was like gammon ham... and chips, which I nibbled at but there was more than enough for 6 people. These 2 little stalls were doing a roaring trade, even though there were no people and very little to see or do in this little village. But we enjoyed it. We cycled back along the river (was about 5 miles there and back) and enjoyed the damsel flies, lama's (yes Lam's), sheep, cattle of various colours, ducks as in getting ready for Christmas !!!! Graham managed to snaffle a couple of apples....and ate them on the way back...There were a few people fishing, one who was sitting in what looked like an inflatable inner tube.
Today we moved on to Utah Beach Museum. Very interesting about the Americans who landed here on D Day. A small film in English explains it all and is very informative and makes you realise what sacrifices were made. At 8 euro's each well worth the visit. We took Poppy onto the beach and she had a great time running around. We then moved on to St Vaast La Hougue. A lovely little seaside town with a trawling fishing fleet ( think they are after mussels and oysters from the looks of their gear on the boats) Now we forgot to shop yesterday and this being Sunday no shops other than the bakers is open, so we are on store cupboard meals today... toast and something...LOL. but worst of all is I have run out of wine!!!! shock horror.... But I will survive and my liver will be all the better for it....
I have updated the map to the best of my failing memory to the places we have visited... I am sure I have missed a couple.
Graham enjoying Jambon and Frites in Pont Herbert

Graham enjoying Jambon and Frites in Pont Herbert

On our walk... Mistletoe... no berries and no kisses...

On our walk... Mistletoe... no berries and no kisses...

Storks nests at chateau

Storks nests at chateau

We are nearly there.... the ruins of chateau

We are nearly there.... the ruins of chateau

Utah Beach

Utah Beach

Utah Beach. Very windy... and lots of shells..

Utah Beach. Very windy... and lots of shells..

The Aire St Fromand

The Aire St Fromand

Starting back on our cycle ride from Pont Hubert

Starting back on our cycle ride from Pont Hubert

Big Bomber

Big Bomber

Lots of American vechiles

Lots of American vechiles

B52 bomber

B52 bomber

Landing craft american style

Landing craft american style

Tank

Tank

American airman proping up the bar.... ok he is only a dummy but looks good

American airman proping up the bar.... ok he is only a dummy but looks good

American soldiers having tea in the tea room ...they have been there a long time

American soldiers having tea in the tea room ...they have been there a long time

Memorial to US soldiers and the landing craft

Memorial to US soldiers and the landing craft

We have one of these up our little lane at home.... But this one is on Utah Beach

We have one of these up our little lane at home.... But this one is on Utah Beach

Utah Beach

Utah Beach

The Museum Utah Beach

The Museum Utah Beach

The actual Beach...

The actual Beach...

Fishing fleet at St Vaast La Hougue

Fishing fleet at St Vaast La Hougue

Little church on the harbour at St Vaast... all dedicated to those lost at sea fishing

Little church on the harbour at St Vaast... all dedicated to those lost at sea fishing

Church St Vaast

Church St Vaast

St Vaast La Hougue

St Vaast La Hougue

More fishing boats

More fishing boats

Our view to river at St Fromand

Our view to river at St Fromand

Posted by Jansie 08:45 Archived in France

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Hi Jan. I took the lids around the Normandy beaches when they were young. There ate some very informative museums and plaques in English around very pretty villages. It is where we started drinking Cavazos bought from the farms!

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