Testimonial WW2 Extended Sights Tour  23 – 29 September 2018

The Group at St Mere Eglise - although only a small group we had lots of laughs and fantastic weather

The Group at St Mere Eglise – although only a small group we had lots of laughs and fantastic weather

We start with a briefing at Caen

We start with a briefing at Caen

Our first visit The Grand Bunker

Our first visit The Grand Bunker

Descend into the Bunker

Descend into the Bunker

Gun store

Gun store

Andy with John S

Andy with John S

Bob with John C

Bob with Jon C

“John and Jen, many thanks for another great trip. For me this was a perfect trip combining historical sights, great riding, comfortable hotels and good food. Oh, and another fun group of riders. I’ve done several trips and thoroughly enjoyed every one. I can heartily recommend you to anyone and look forward to joining you again next year.”
Bob Eve, 7th trip, Suzuki V-Strom 650, West Yorkshire

Amanda & Ian

Amanda & Ian

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John with Bob

John with Bob

Was this the disco ??

Was this the disco ??

Garry looks through the viewfinder

Garry looks through the viewfinder

As does Andy

As does Ian

“Hi John and Jen. Thank you for a great week. Great sights and WW2 knowledge, great hotels, great roads with very little motorways. Having the van to transport luggage and provide somewhere to leave kit while visiting museums and sights was a great benefit. My 1st organised tour, and 1st time using the drop off system (which is great and allows people to ride at a pace that suits them without worrying about navigation). Had a great time with the tour group with lots of laughs along the way.”
Garry Matthews, 1st tour, BMW S1000XR, Derbyshire

We next visit Pegasus Bridge

We next visit Pegasus Bridge

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we have an explanation in English

We have an explanation in English

Then see the original bridge

Then see the original bridge

Details of the gliders' landing

Details of the gliders’ landing

A replica Horsa Glider

A replica Horsa Glider

“Thanks John & Jen for an awesome trip – great people – all had a great time even with the excursion  to Brecourt manor to see where Easy company of Band Of Brothers fame did their stuff. Awesome hotels, great roads & lots of historic places to see. Oradour sur Glane was very sad but well worth the visit. Just great fun and great people – will be back soon for another trip – oh forgot to mention the food was excellent.”
Chris & Debs Marland, 2nd tour, BMw R1200GSA, Staffordshire

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A blustery talk at Arromanches

A blustery talk at Arromanches

Reece

Reece

The Mulberry B Floating Harbour

The Mulberry B Floating Harbour

Bikes parked along the front

Bikes parked along the front

“John and Jen, what a great tour! Many thanks. I will write a full review later today. I have attached a few photos – please feel free to use them (or not) as you wish [Thanks John]. Best wishes and I am looking forward to my next tour”
John Savage, 3rd tour, Honda VFR 800, Peebleshire

We then visit the Gun Batteries

John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead today

Next stop the American Cemetery

Next stop the American Cemetery

John gives a brief introduction

John gives a brief introduction

The walls with the names of the Missing

The walls with the names of the Missing

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The fabulous Bronze Statue

The fabulous Bronze Statue

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The outline of the "Encirclement"

The outline of the “Encirclement”

The crosses are perfectly lined up

The crosses are perfectly lined up

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach

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The Visitors' Centre

The Visitors’ Centre

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Our first hotel

Our first hotel

Dinner is in a local restaurant

Dinner is in a local restaurant

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Bob chooses oysters

Bob chooses oysters

The next day we visit the German Cemetery

The next day we visit the German Cemetery

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Ian & Garry

Ian & Garry

Chris with John

Chris with John

Bob with John S

Bob with John S

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Andy

Andy

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Garry on his BMW S1000XR

Garry on his BMW S1000XR

Jon C on his Honda VFR 800

Jon C on his Honda VFR 800

Ian & Amanda - Honda Crosstourer

Ian & Amanda – Honda Crosstourer

John S on his Honda VFR 800

John S on his Honda VFR 800

Reece on his Triumph Tiger 800

Reece on his Triumph Tiger 800

Bob on his Suzuki V-Strom 650

Bob on his Suzuki V-Strom 650

Andy on his Piaggio MP4

Andy on his Piaggio MP4

Chris & Debs riding as "Back-marker"

Chris & Debs riding as “Back-marker”

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Our next stop - La Pointe du Hoc

Our next stop – La Pointe du Hoc

Watch the moving testemony

Watch the moving testemony

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See the cliffs the Rangers scaled

See the cliffs the Rangers scaled

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The Observation Bunker

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Inside the bunker

Inside the bunker

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Reinforced Gun Casements

Reinforced Gun Casements

John's in the lead again today

John’s in the lead again today

Bob

Bob

John S

John S

Jon C

Jon C

Garry

Garry

Andy

Andy

Ian & Amanda

Ian & Amanda

Reece

Reece

Chris & Debs - BMW R1200 GSA

Chris & Debs – BMW R1200 GSA

World Peace Memorial

World Peace Memorial

Next stop - St Mere Eglise

Next stop – St Mere Eglise

See "John Steele" on the Church

See “John Steele” on the Church

Plenty of time to visit the Airborne Museum

Plenty of time to visit the Airborne Museum

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Debs steps out of the 'plane...

Debs steps out of the ‘plane…

See the flight path

See the flight path

John S arrives

John S arrives

John !

John !

Ian

Ian

Amanda

Amanda

Garry & Jon C

Garry & Jon C

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101st Airborne Division Memorial

101st Airborne Division Memorial

Eventually we found it !

Eventually we found it !

Impromptu visit to Utah Beach

Impromptu visit to Utah Beach

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Garry, Amanda & Jon do "The Lunge"!

Garry, Amanda & Jon do “The Lunge”!

An interloper joins dinner in Bayeux!

An interloper joins dinner in Bayeux!

Bayeux Cathedral by night

Bayeux Cathedral by night

Another gorgeous morning

Another gorgeous morning

See the waterwheel

See the waterwheel

Our hotel is next to the Cathedral

Our hotel is next to the Cathedral

Forget etchings...come to my room & see my Tiger !!

Forget etchings…come to my room & see my Tiger !!

Photos taken as we leave our hotel in Bayeux

Photos taken as we leave our hotel in Bayeux

Pavement parking at lunch stop

Pavement parking at lunch stop

Pretty towns

Pretty towns

Lunch in the sun

Lunch in the sun – Bob was Back-marker today

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Our next hotel

Our next hotel

The restaurant

The restaurant

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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(The next day) Jon & Garry

(The next day) Jon & Garry

Dinner is included again tonight

Dinner is included again tonight

Jon C takes a turn as Back-marker

Jon C takes a turn as Back-marker

We ride to St Nazaire

We ride to St Nazaire

The gun from HMS Campbeltown

The gun from HMS Campbeltown

John provides the "idiots" guide

John provides the “idiots” guide

The group at St Nazaire

The group at St Nazaire

We go on board the Espadon submarine

We go on board the Espadon submarine

Headsets included

Headsets included

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Amanda

Amanda

Debs

Debs

Chris

Chris

Jon C

Jon C

Bob

Bob

Up Periscope Andy !

Up Periscope Andy !

Reece

Reece

Garry

Garry

The torpedo room

The torpedo room

The way out

The way out

Bob & Ian

Bob & Ian

Amanda & Debs

Amanda & Debs

Time for coffee

Time for coffee

Before we ride over the bridge

Before we ride over the bridge

We re-group, Jen's in the lead today

We re-group, Jen’s in the lead today

Our hotel in La Rochelle

Our hotel in La Rochelle

Drinks in the bar

Drinks in the bar

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A short walk into town

A short walk into town

Live music

Live music

Lovely evening at La Rochelle

Lovely evening at La Rochelle

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Lots of restaurants

Lots of bars

The old town

The old town

Tightrope walker !

Tightrope walker !

Walk round the ramparts

Walk round the ramparts

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Lots of restaurants to choose from

A lovely sunset

A lovely sunset

The next day Garry's Back-marker

The next day Garry’s Back-marker

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Lovely town

Lovely town

Stunning chateau

Stunning chateau

Jen's inthe lead again today

Jen’s in the lead again today

Weird !

Weird !

We visit Oradour sur Glane

We visit Oradour sur Glane

Again headsets are provided

Again headsets are provided

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A very detailed history

A very detailed history

The pictures of all who were killed

The pictures of all who were killed

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The garage

The garage

The Doctor's car

The Doctor’s car

Walk through the old village

Walk through the old village

Visit the Church

Visit the Church

The remains of the Church Bell

The remains of the Church Bell

John inside the Church

John inside the Church

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In Memory of those killed

In Memory of those killed

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Visit the Cemetery

Visit the Cemetery

Outside our next hotel

Outside our next hotel

Drinks in the bar

Drinks in the bar

Thanks "Super Six" - the Champagne was lovely !!

Thanks “Super Six” – the Champagne was lovely !!

It's still sunny

Another sunny day !

Reece rides as Back-marker today

Reece rides as Back-marker today

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Us (thanks John S)

Us (thanks John S)

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

We visit the Saumur Tank Museum

We visit the Saumur Tank Museum

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A Tiger ll

A Tiger ll

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Flak 88 anti-aircraft gun

Flak 88 anti-aircraft gun

German Hummel taken by US 5th tank div

German Hummel taken by US 5th tank div

Part of the Berlin Wall

Part of the Berlin Wall

Czechoslovakian multiple rocket launcher

Czechoslovakian multiple rocket launcher

The French contingent

The French contingent

Pluton - French nuclear missile carrier

Pluton – French nuclear missile carrier

AMX 50

AMX 50

Andy's swapped his MP4 for an ACMA TAP !!

Andy’s swapped his MP4 for an ACMA TAP !!

AMX 30EBD remote control mine clearer

AMX 30EBD remote control mine clearer

Car in a suitcase !!

Car in a suitcase !!

British Chieftain Tank

British Chieftain Tank

The German section

The German section

The new BN support vehicle !!

The new BN support vehicle !!

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Our final hotel

Our final hotel

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

A great group

A great group

Jen tells the story of Big Jim

Jen tells the story of Big Jim

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We enjoyed a lovely meal

We enjoyed a lovely meal

Followed by the "Penguin" joke !!

Followed by the “Penguin” joke !!

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"Are you in the army...?"

“Are you in the army…?”

Or the Observer Corps ??

Or the Observer Corps ??

Then it's "Guess the vegetable" !!

Then it’s “Guess the vegetable” !!

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Bob takes a turn

Bob takes a turn

"Ith it Dithco" ??

“Ith it Dithco” ??

The next day John S is Back-marker

The next day John S is Back-marker

A morning briefing

A morning briefing

Our final visit is to the Museumat Montormel

Our final visit is to the Museum at Montormel

With a pic-nic lunch back at BN HQ we ended the tour back at Le Havre. Thanks to all on the tour for being so prompt in the mornings and for taking turns to ride as “Back-markers”. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.