After our hectic day driving to the Somme and back we had a leisurely stroll around Rouen the next day – enjoying the usual sights in the mediaeval town centre – including the half-timbered buildings and the Cathedral in the photos below – before sailing down the Seine and onto Cherbourg. Our tour to the D Day beaches in Cherbourg didn’t eventuate (thanks to the non-appearance of the tour company) so we spent the day wandering around there before boarding the ship to go back across the Channel for a couple of days.
Our first port of call there was Portland which had a great D Day museum for two us while one of us sought out a touch of free wifi outside a pub (see below) and one took photos! An old salt rowed us across the harbour in nearby Weymouth where we visited the lifeboat station and had great coffee and teacake overlooking the harbour. We spent the next day in Falmouth – it was a spectacular day with fabulous blue skies and was unseasonably warm which we all enjoyed. A multitude of shops selling pasties just proved we were in Cornwall!! The views from Pendennis Castle across the countryside were amazing and the military helicopters on exercise provided good photographic practice in focussing!