Oh dear, better explain where the D-Days landing took place. The area Clare is looking for is between Ouistreham (Caen) and Cherbourg. These are areas known as Manche and Calvados.
Now to help Claire as much as possible: Yes you do need to take a car as many of the places of interest do not have very good public transport links. Now where to catch the ferry: Portsmouth is the best place, travel to either Ouistreham or Cherbourg with my friends Brittany Ferries, preferably Ouistreham as you can work your way along the coast westwards. Our suggestion is you stay at Arromanches les Bains, preferably at the Hotel La Marine, which has views over the landing beaches and the remains "Mulberry" harbour. These is also two museums in the town that are well worth a visit. A few kilometres west of Arromanches is Longue-sur-Mer, where you can visit the German gun emplacements and see the remains of some German guns - real big ones.
Note: The proprietor at the hotel will be more than pleased to provide you with maps and other literature to help your visit go smoothly.
If you need any help with your planning contact me by private message.
Retired French naval officer. If I did not live 300 kilometres away it would have been a pleasure to act as your guide.
· 10 years ago