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Although France, I am trying to arrange a visit to Point Du Hoc after seeing it on TV last night.  Looks a very interesting and worthwhile place to visit.  

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Yes, Brigitte, it is an interesting place, especially when you are aware of its history. Lots of other fascinating places along that stretch of coast too.

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2 hours ago, cvabishop said:

Yes, Brigitte, it is an interesting place, especially when you are aware of its history. Lots of other fascinating places along that stretch of coast too.

Yes, have been to Crisbeq, Azeville and along the beaches.  I saw Point Du Hoc on last night’s episode of Abandoned Engineering, and it isn’t too far away from the usual haunts I go to.  Have messaged my mate who drives me to ask if he can drive us over.  

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9 hours ago, cvabishop said:

An unfortunate turn of phrase there Brigitte!

Sorry, don’t get you there, Colin.  Have re-read it, can’t see the error.  To late to edit now.  

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Or drive us over....the Pont de hoc 🤣........AA routes show it as 50miles or about an hour south of Cherbourg  if that helps.

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Car parking and visitors centre  is outside the cratered area, and a busy times can be difficult to find a space. it can be a bit of a walk to the cliffs

The American Government funded the stabilization of the cliffs recently. it used to be possible to get a tour boat from Port en Bessin to see the Point Du Hoc from the sea, Safety regulation curtailed that,  The boat is now a below average, expensive sea food restaurant in the harbour at  P en B , at least til it sinks!

Khaines IMHO while in the region a more interesting visit is the Batterie of Maisy,  It rather chucks a spanner in the works of the whole glorious Omaha/Pointe du Hoc  legend,  and is owned I believe and by a UK based Archeologiist Gary Stern. a great Visit

While you in the region the German cemetery at La Cambe is also worth a visit, Its about peace and reconciliation and not glorifying war. Unlike the Colleville American cemetery, La Cambe is supported  by charities and tended by volunteers. a place for peace.

 

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28 minutes ago, Cabin-boy said:

I think he meant the reference to 'haunts' and the link to 'haunted'. Ed. 

Ah, right, Ed.  My usual “haunts” are quite a few different kinds of places, maybe not the right word for a specific place, but refers to a wide range of places I poke around in.  When I saw it on TV, I thought I’d earmark it as a possibility, it is only a few miles from where we normally go and have had a look on Street View.   It is free entry as well, which surprised me as I thought there would be a charge.  Yes, the cliffs look pretty steep, that is cliffs though - although I did notice that there are railings around some of the site.  

 

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6 minutes ago, alleeganger10 said:

Car parking and visitors centre  is outside the cratered area, and a busy times can be difficult to find a space. it can be a bit of a walk to the cliffs

The American Government funded the stabilization of the cliffs recently. it used to be possible to get a tour boat from Port en Bessin to see the Point Du Hoc from the sea, Safety regulation curtailed that,  The boat is now a below average, expensive sea food restaurant in the harbour at  P en B , at least til it sinks!

Khaines IMHO while in the region a more interesting visit is the Batterie of Maisy,  It rather chucks a spanner in the works of the whole glorious Omaha/Pointe du Hoc  legend,  and is owned I believe and by a UK based Archeologiist Gary Stern. a great Visit

While you in the region the German cemetery at La Cambe is also worth a visit, Its about peace and reconciliation and not glorifying war. Unlike the Colleville American cemetery, La Cambe is supported  by charities and tended by volunteers. a place for peace.

 

Thanks for those suggestions, I will make a note of them.  At present I am relying on gettinf a reply to a message to see if I have got the transport sorted, haven’t been over for ages so hoping he will still oblige.  Anything too far away he would wibble at, Point Du Hoc is within range.

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Khaines

FYI in order to get to Point du Hoc From Cherbourg one passes both Grandcamp Maisy and La Cambe maybe even leaving the RN13 at La Cambe.

good luck with your Trip!

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Ah, they must have installed more barriers and safety measures when they did the recent work. I was last there about 6 years ago and it was relatively basic with only the paths meandering around the site. I'd second the idea of visiting La Cambe. Ed. 

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16 minutes ago, alleeganger10 said:

Khaines

FYI in order to get to Point du Hoc From Cherbourg one passes both Grandcamp Maisy and La Cambe maybe even leaving the RN13 at La Cambe.

good luck with your Trip!

Brill, thanks.  Fingers crossed.

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The Mont has just arrived in Portsmouth from Caen dressed overall and is taking the first lot of veterans this afternoon..The Warrior webcam is concentrating on showing lots of the small craft and MTB`s in the harbour with Marine Traffic showing HMS Middleton north of the Nab, so maybe doing the escort across the channel 

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44 minutes ago, Paully said:

The Mont has just arrived in Portsmouth from Caen dressed overall and is taking the first lot of veterans this afternoon..The Warrior webcam is concentrating on showing lots of the small craft and MTB`s in the harbour with Marine Traffic showing HMS Middleton north of the Nab, so maybe doing the escort across the channel 

Looking at the QHM notice

1425 channel is closed to inbound and outbound vessels

1430 HMS Puncher, HMS Biter, HMS Pursuer, HMS Explorer from 4BII to OSB (Escort Lead)

1445 MV Mont Saint Michel PIP to OSB

1450 HMS St Albans FLI2 to OSB (Escort Rear)

looks impressive.

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The HMS Warrior webcam seems to be covering the events through the harbour area...........well if you can put up with the constant buffering that is

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