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SPT22011 Normandy Special Tour

Monday, June 13, 2022 | Marko Bauer / Franz Gmachl | Europe

Omaha Beach

The famous invasion beaches of WWII are just one of the many highlights of our special tour through Belgium and Northern France. Cathedrals, palaces, museums - and lots of good restaurants are also waiting for us!



Die berühmten Strände der Invasion der Alliierten im 2. Weltkrieg sind nur eines der vielen Highlights unserer Sondertour durch Belgien und Nordfrankreich. Kathedralen, Paläste, Museen - und viele gute Restaurants warten ebenfalls auf uns!

Day 1: Bastogne - Reims

10 beautiful black Harleys left the beautiful town of Bastogne this morning. The direction was the French-Belgian border and the battlefields of last centuries world wars. The first stop was the Orval abbey, before we continued to La Ferté, the northern end of the famous Maginot Line.

After a typical French lunch, we explored the battlefields around Verdun. 
As Reims was our destination, we didn't hang around for too long - you can't have enough time for this beautiful city!


10 wunderschöne schwarze (was sonst) Harleys  ließen heute morgen Bastogne hinter sich. Es ging in Richtung belgisch-französischer Grenze und zu den Schlachtfeldern der letzten Weltkriege. Den ersten Stop machten wir bei der Abtei von Orval, anschließend ging es weiter zum nördlichen Ende der Maginot-Linie nach La Ferté.

Nach einem typisch französischen Mittagessen erkundeten wir die Schlachtfelder von Verdun.

Da Reims unser heutiges Tagesziel war, fuhren wir zügig weiter - für Reims sollte man sich definitiv etwas Zeit nehmen!

Getting startet for the first riding day!
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Riding out of Bastogne and leaving Belgium behind us.
Darth Vader a.k.a. Steve
La Ferté
Our first lunch in France

Day 2: Reims to Gournay en Bray

Leaving the Battelfields behind us we ride through the vineyards of Champangne. Small Villages, narrow roads end endless hills with young grapes. Everywere are people working in their vinyards allready. We made a stop at Dom Perignon tomb.  A nice coffebreak in a local cafe give us power back for a long ride along the river Marne to our highlight of the Day  ,the Castle of Chantilly.

 But another Castle will be our highlight today.............

Leaving Reims in good mood
lining up for a coffee
wild dogs
Hotel Chateaux de Belmesnil
Perfect room to discuss the day an the upcoming schedule .

Day 3: Gournay-en-Bray to Caen

After a wonderful evening and a very quiet night we had to leave our chateau for another great day of riding.

Our first stop was Rouen with its famous cathedral. Then we followed the river Seine all the way to Honfleur, the colorful harbor town - the perfect place for lunch.

Now we were ready to start exploring the WWII sites, starting with the wellknown Pegasus Bridge.

We got a first glimpse of Caen, before we arrived at our new home for the next two nights.


Nach einem sehr netten Abend und einer ruhigen Nacht hatten wir einen weiteren herrlichen Fahrtag vor uns.

Unser erster Stop war die gotische Kathedrale iin Rouen. Anschließend folgten wir der Seine bis nach Honfleur, eine der schönsten Küstenstädte der Normandie. Höchste Zeit für's Mittagessen!

So langsam näherten wir uns den Denkmälern des 2. Weltkrieges - los ging es mit der Pegasus Brücke.

Am Ende bekamen wir noch einen ersten Eindruck von Caen, unserem Aufenthaltsort für die nächsten zwei Tage.

Good morning Chateau Belmesnil
All the group
clutch out and go
Two Steves, Jerry and Pat in front of the Rouen cathedral
Two Steves, Kevin and Greg on the Seine ferry
Eric and Greg at the Pegasus Memorial

Day 4: Rest day Caen

Rest day - but as we are so close to all the famous beaches and sights of the Normandy coast, everybody was ready to ride!

We started out with the cannons at Longues-Sur-Mer and slowly made our way west to Sainte-Mer-Eglise. If you see the peaceful and beautiful towns and beaches, it's hard to imagine what happened here 78 years ago!


Rasttag - aber da wir so nah an den berühmten Stränden und Sehenswürdigkeiten der Normandie sind, lässt sich niemand diesen Tag entgehen.

Wir beginnen mit den Kanonen von Longues-Sur-Mer und fahren dann langsam weiter Richtung Westen, bis wir Sainte-Mer-Eglise erreichen.

Wenn man die malerischen Städte und herrlichen Strände sieht, kann man sich kaum vorstellen, was hier vor 78 Jahren passiert ist.

American War Cemetery

Day 5: Caen to Versailles

Sunny Sonday morning. We ride out of town towards Mont Ormel. The last sight of the WWII actions in Normandy. On This site also known as hill262 the last big battle happened and ist was probably the sign of victory to the allies. An honorfull memorial upon the hill overlooking the former battlefields. Thks to Paul we got so much Information in details out of his historical knowledge.

After that we ride to Camembert and Vimoutiers the capitals of the famous french cheese and had a nice coffebreak in a local bar. Right after Vimoutier there is exposed  one of the last german Tiger Tanks and we got again a lot of details fom paul. We had lunch in La ferte Vidame near the ruins of an old Castle, and finally got to Chartres to visit the highest  and most gothic Cathedral in Chartres.

Riding through endless alleys we finally got to our Hotel passing the Castle of Versailles, and got to know how traffic in Paris will be )

Montormel memorial
Pat and Stephen going into detail
One of the last remaining German Tiger tanks.
lining up in front the ruins of La Ferte Vidame
Une Cathédrale enormes!!!! Gothic as ists best.
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Kevin Dee
Friday, June 17, 2022 at 01:16

Great trip. Lots of memories. Can’t wait till the next one with Edelweiss.


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