Posted by: sommecourt | 15/08/2010

Back in Normandy

Just returned from 2½ weeks in Normandy. While it was a family holiday, we were never far from the battlefields and in fact the village of Sully, where we were staying in a Gite, saw a fierce fight involving 2nd SWB, 5 RTR and 5RHA against a German divisional HQ on 8th June 1944; evidence of the fire-fight still being visible.  The number of visitors going there for battlefield content as well as for a break seems to be on the increase, and each year there seems to be a new museum or battlefield site. One of these we went to was the La Fiere Bed & Breakfast. In fact we stayed here for our last two nights. It is one of the best B&Bs I’ve ever stayed in on any battlefield, and certainly the best place to stay in Normandy. It directly overlooks the Iron Mike statue (above), and is right on the site of the fighting for the la Fiere Bridge on D Day and beyond. We had some great walks from here across the marshes and out to places where the Airborne had been in action, and got some great images at dusk, in the morning, and one very misty evening. The hosts, Vivian & Rodolphe, couldn’t have been kinder and really helped make it an excellent end to a superb holiday. It was the first but far from the last time I’ll be visiting La Fiere and it comes highly recommended from me. Just check out the reviews on Tripadvisor.

La Fiere B&B: a building actually used in the fighting on D Day.

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