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No idea what they are called, but there is one on the approach road to Cite De La Mer. Those round fort like dark grey stone buildings, look a lot like pillboxes, little round squat things. Just wonder what they are are like inside and if any are open to view. They are in a Cherbourg book I bought a few days ago but finding difficult to translate and don't know what they are called or were for. Any info gratefully received.

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You have probably seen german bunkers called "Blockhaus". These bunkers are part of the "Mur de l'Atlantique". The Atlantic Wall is said to have been the largest defense system in history. You can find very good examples in the Cite d'Alet in St Malo.

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Been to Azeville Batterie today - and a walk along Utah beach. Will post some pics later when have better connection!!

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They would make quite quirky homes I reckon. The ones at Azeville got some quite substantial shelling, as did the ones on Utah Beach ( the latter covered in graffiti amd condom wrappers lying about, along with some diatribe scrawled about Merkel and Hitler. Am going back to Utah Beach as we were just using up some time, but want to go back for a longer visit.

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I would like to be able to spend a good day or so in the area along Utah Beach, we had some time to spare but not ages, so it was a quick visit to the gift shop to get some drinks and a drive along to the beach blockhauses before driving back to the port. I would like to spend a good few hours around that part.

 

Azeville scratched an itch as I have wanted to see inside those structures. Luckilty the weather held off. We were time limited yesterday towards the late afternoon early evening.

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tour of the invasion beaches is truly humbling the last time we were there was the same tide state as the morning of 6th June 1944 and to see the distance they had to cover to even get off the beach is unbelievable. My late Father in law was 1 of those many thousands who risked everything for our freedom. The beaches and the batteries are a must see for everybody.

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I am making a point of doing as many as I can. Azeville was shelled by US ships and the damage done considering how far the site is from the sea is incredible. There are the remnants of shells there, and the holes they went through. In the tunnels, loads of disgruntled swallows as there are numerous nests around the buildings and tunnels and they were protecting them and fluttering around us as we walked through, thought they had gone for the summer.

 

I am going to make a point of doing the beaches. The scenery is of great beauty and one has to balance this with what happened there. Very interesting time, my mate charged me €100 for the day - the usual cab price would be over €200!!!

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For those who enjoy the BFE daytrip travel offers as foot passengers Ouistreham offers a good introduction.

 

For those who are unaware, Sword beach is just a ten minute walk from the terminal with a hotel opposite the casino still bearing the scars. There are also a couple of small museums, just turn right outside the terminal building and walk along past the Aire and carparks.

 

For those footies feeling a little more adventurous, Pegasus bridge isn't too far outside of the town toward Caen. There is a bus to Benouville adjacent to the Credit Maritime (opposite the lighthouse) which will get you there for about 2 euros.

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I found out that back in May, Azeville had a night opening from 8pm - midnight. Seriously thinking about doing that one if I can persuade my mate to drive me there late at night, should be quite different!! (Slip him an extra €50 on top of normal) Won't be possible to do it in time for an overnight crossing back, so maybe NEX back to Pompey, what time is her first return?

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