I went over to France on a bit of an 11th hour whim to go and see the above at the weekend, and felt so humbled by it all I felt the need to do a (not very little) post here about it: Myself and Mrs. Juniper did a self-booking trip (paid the price as far as hotels are concerned too) at the weekend to go and see what we could of the D-Day 65 celebrations. Got a great price on the ferry (LD Lines, never even heard of them before, and was very glad to see that they existed when we got to the ferry terminal) from Portsmouth to Le Havre, and sailed overnight to arrive first thing Saturday am. We would have loved to see the fireworks the previous night where they apparently lit up all 50 miles of the Normandy coast with fireworks, but never mind I couldnt escape from work early enough. On the Saturday we headed straight to Bayeux, where we got to see the Parade of veterans, about 600 vets in total, at the British cemetery. It was so incredibly emotional and inspiring to see them all there - gave me a huge lump in my throat I can tell you. Next we dashed off to Pegasus Bridge, where there was a parade of the survivors of the 6th Airborne to celebrate the first activities of D Day itself and to commemorate a new memorial to Major John Howard, the leader of the glider-borne forces that day. The commemoration was jointly done by the local mayor and Major Howards daughter, and there wasnt a dry eye in the crowd, most certainly including my own. We then headed to Arromanches, the site of Port Winston - the Mulberry harbours that successfully enabled the vehicles to bring post D-Day supplies to the Allied forces. The harbours are crumbling but still visible. The beach was full of jeeps and other military vehicles, including also a landing craft. The port was packed with people, including most importantly the veterans who were being presented with commemorative medals, and there were many highlights, including a flypast of a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. On Sunday morning we headed to Colleville-Sur-Mer, the site of the American cemetary which had been the place the day before where Sarkozy, Obama, Prince Charles et al had staged the big televised event. (Oh, and as a bit of a rant, the annoying thing about that for me was that unless you were given an invite by the US Embassy for this you couldnt get within miles of the place on the 6th June itself, and I am sure that there were a lot of people with a much better reason to visit than me who would have been upset by this?). We also went down onto Omaha Beach, and then dashed back to see Pegasus Bridge one last time on the way back to Le Havre. Would have loved to have got to see St Mere Eglise and St Marie du Mont, but had seen both of these before on a trip inspired by watching Band of Brothers for the first time, and time did not allow in just 24 hours or so. Overall we were delighted with how much we saw, with the atmosphere, with the emotion of it all, which you just cannot pick up when you see these things on tv. We will be back, and do it again, for sure. Next time we will book up ahead of time, and will not then have to stay in a hotel 40 miles away and get ripped off for the privilege, but that is to no way take away from the experience, which was brilliant. Did anyone else here go what did you think? What was the tv coverage like?