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Published: August 15th 2012
When we got up on Tuesday, we wanted to see a few sites in Dieppe before driving over to Villerville. We started with the German gun batteries above the Dieppe castle. It provided great views over the beaches.
It was here that the Canadians were beaten back in 1942 when they invaded the city during WWII. The attack was known as a "raid" which was felt necessary by the Allies to learn how the Germans were defending the French and Belgium ports. Unfortunately for the Canadians chosen to attack, it was a big disaster. Many thousands were killed and captured. It would be more than two years before the Allies invaded Normandy with a serious attack.
After a short tour of the area we drove along the coast towards Le Havre and Honfleur along the Normandy coast. I had read in the R. Steves guide that there was an impressive bridge that we might want to see. The engineer in me decided that we must go this route.
After crossing the bridge, we made the short drive into the small village of Villerville to find our hotel. A tennis friend of Jackie's had recommended. It
was just right for us. We wanted a home base for day trips to the Normandy sites. Plus, we needed to rest up before turning in the car in Paris on Friday.
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