|Tourist information center in Bayeux is one of your best |
sources of information on anniversary activities
Finding information before your trip can be difficult - most web searches just yield tour information from larger companies. Your best source of information for events for the D-Day anniversary are the local tourist information offices. The TI's and many others in the region depend on tourists like you and me for their livelihoods and are a welcome resource for those interested in a trip to Normandy. A friendly, English-speaking staff at the Bayeux TI is a great place to start if you need info on anniversary events. A quick call or email will be answered by their small staff who are well-versed in the region and are used to dealing with English-speaking tourists every day. Their website will also feature information as the D-Day anniversary draws near.
|Modern French military soldiers commemorate the 68th Anniversary |
of the D-Day invasions
Everywhere you go, you'll find French, Canadian, British, and American flags flying in honor of the nations involved. If you want to find a monument or event, just look for the flags. Commonly seen are historic military vehicles and reenactor camps sprinkled throughout towns and the countryside. If you see a camp full of "American" soldiers, you might just find they only speak French!
Tours around the anniversary are a great way to see a lot that is going on for the D-Day anniversary. Because of the popularity around June 6th, book your tours as early as possible. Many of the private tours will be very early (seven months, if not earlier), so contact them as soon as possible. Small group tours will have more availability, but must still be booked in advance. As a general rule, I suggest booking your tour as soon as you decide on a trip to the region. Sites like TripAdvisor are helpful when choosing a guide or company. There are a number of well-reviewed and recommended guides in the area.
|The TI in Bayeux posts event fliers in multiple |
languages in their window