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Visiting the Beaches of Normandy

Normandy BeachesA trip to the beaches of Normandy provides not just beautiful scenery, but also a chance to learn about the historical events of World War II.   One of the most decisive battles of modern history is beyond a doubt the battles that took place on the beaches on Normandy during D-Day.  These battles carried out on five separate beaches in Normandy began the liberation of Nazi occupied France and eventually the rest of Europe.

History of the Beaches

Normandy BeachesThe five beaches of Normandy used in the D-Day operations are those of Juno, Gold, Sword, Omaha, and Utah.  Together, these beaches span 54 miles of the Normand coast and make for a good day of historical discovery. This stretch of beach was chosen to be the Allies landing points for D-day because once control was won, they would be the easiest ponts from which to launch a land assault on the Germans.  This coast of France was also the furthest from Britain, so it was also deemed that the Germans would not be expecting an attack on this front.  At around 6:30am on June 6, 1944 the Allied forces of British, American, and Canadian men made landfall on each of the five beach from which they painstakingly made their way inland.  Due to a strong winds the American troops ended up a little East of their targets at Utah, and Omaha, which lead to a more difficult landing and higher American casualties.  Standing on the beach looking out to sea, it is hard to imagine the violence seen here the 6th of June 1944.  However, at many points leading up to the different beaches you can still visit old German bunkers, their concrete riddled with craters from the Allies advance.  The land surrounding the beaches is often also filled large craters, which helps the visitor imagine just how intense the shelling from the Allies was.

Normandy Beaches

What is there to visit?

Normandy BeachesBesides the beaches there are numerous museums, memorials, cemeteries, and historic sites in the surrounding towns.  Notably there is the Caen Memorial : Center for History and Peace which has a collection of artifacts from the 1930’s and 40’s that create a moving narrative of World War Two told mainly from the French perspective.  Another place worth visiting is the American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach.  This is a great option to visit especially if you only have a short amount of time because in one stop you can visit the cemetery and Omaha beach.  There are 9,387 Americans who lost their lives in the initial offensive on June 6th or in the days just after buried here.  Visiting it is a moving experience as it brings to light the real costs of the war.  Other places to consider visiting are the Canadian Juno Beach Centre, Musée du Débarquement, and Le Grand Bunker – Musée du Mur de l’Antique.  

With everything to see on and along the beaches of Normandy ParisByM would be happy to help you plan what you want to see and how to go about it in order to make sure this is an stress-free and discovery filled trip outside of Paris. 

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Which Paris visit card to use?

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Be organized in your trip! Having a Paris visit card can help your program and gives a chance to save lot of money. Visit all of the wonderful Paris beauties without losing time and/or wasting money. Here are 4 suggested options, based on your personal features and needs.


Paris is full of lesser known museums and if you are a museum lover and you don’t want to lose time of your stay you should try this perfect solution.  With free entry and without queuing you can enjoy monuments and museums’ permanent collections with unlimited number of visits. Further you can choose from a card of 2 (48 €), 4 (62 €), or 6 (74€) consecutive days in order to plan your stay and progressively save money with an option of more days.

Link to ParisMuseumpass website

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The Paris visit pass is a transportation pass that will give you the possibility to visit Paris from north to south and from west to east discovering all the Paris unique corners. This card is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days and allows you to travel on all the transports (metro lines, buses…). This will provide you with some advantageous museums discounts which with the unlimited transportation will be really profitable as Paris visit card.

(zones 1-3) 1 day 11,15€; 2 days 28,15€; 3 days 24,80€; 5 days 35,70€ (children 50% off)

(zones 1-5) 1 day 23,50€; 2 days 35,70€; 3 days 50,05€; 5 days 61,25€ (children 50% off)

Link to Ratp website

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It is a Paris visit card made up of 3 passes (Paris Museum pass, Paris Attractions pass, Paris Visite Travelcard).You will admire the 60 world-class museums, art galleries and monuments in Paris without being afraid of missing any details because you can visit them as many times as you want.

Not satisfied with museums and monuments only? You have the chance to become visit 8 Paris attractions paying less money than if you would have visited just one or two (details about what is inclueded on the web-site below). Furthermore you will move free and easily across Paris with  access to all Paris transports networks.

Adult: 2 days 129 €; 4 days 189 €; 6 days 229€ (18 year olds and above)

Teen: 2 days 79 €; 4 days 105 €; 6 days 121 € (12-17 year olds)

Child: 2 days 44 €; 4 days 55 €; 6 days 72 € (4-11 year olds)

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The Tailor-Made ParisByM Package is more than a Paris visit card, it is an alternative option fully adapted to your requirements. Get in touch with a professional travel agency to design and plan your trip. This solution will help you discover the city at your own pace since ParisByM will help you get the tickets for only the museums and monuments you are interested in and for the dates you need to visit them. Therefore, you will not spend more money than needed on activities you will not have time to do, and with this package you will have a program fitting the exact time you have in and around Paris.


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