Having heard all sorts of horror stories about using the bus to go to the D-Day beaches I decided to keep my scope limited. However, the tours are good value for what you see. You could go to one beach by bus for €11, but a tour will take you to several and you have the commentary. Don’t forget museum entry fees too.
I decided to go to Juno Beach, where the Canadians landed, as it only needed one bus. As usual there was a strike on but the regional buses were unaffected.
I imagine that if I were Canadian it would be more interesting. As it was there didn’t seem to be much to see. I went to the museum (€8), which is rather good – it is all about Canada and their contribution.
I returned to Caen. There wasn’t really much to do except use some of the fitness equipment around the outside of the hippodrome. After that I undertook my most audacious mission – serving one-dish mince to the French. I couldn’t find a large enough pack of mince at the supermarket so I went to the boucherie. He had no lince on display but I managed to convey the idea – he smiled an immediately put two beautiful steaks in to the mincer. €11 for 500g of mince. Cor.
The dish didn’t turn out the best – I blame not having any beef stock, and they don’t have the right onion soup here! When I served it everyone took a large handful of grated cheese as a precaution. But it seemed to go well enough. Afterward we had the usual cheeses and pudding – they do some very gourmet dairy food here.