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Carolyn Bennett Mar 20, 2014 at 09:52 PM

I read the recommended book, "D-Day". Afterward i watched the movie "the Longest Day", produced in 1960. It was a good supplement. One item in the book that was not in the movie - the number of troops in German uniforms that were Polish, Hungarian or Russian that were being forced to serve.

Carolyn Bennett Feb 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I am really looking forward to this trip, May 6 version. I think this is as close as I can get to where my Dad was during WWII. He was traffic engineer for the 1st Army. They did not arrive at Omaha Beach until D+5. The tale I remember most had to do with his visit to the Police Chief in Paris to discuss civilian and military routes through the city. When he went into City Hall the signs on the office doors were in German. When he came out they were in French.
Alan Zelliff Mar 04, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Alan Zelliff Mar 04, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Marge and I are really looking forward to the May 6th tour, and this will be our first trip with Road Scholar. While we have heard great things about Road Scholar, we were somewhat taken aback by the changes to the itinerary that we received a week AFTER we paid our money. When we called Brattleboro and questioned the timing we were told that it was a coincidence! I agree with whoever posted a comments on this on Feb 5--it does seem strange that Road Scholar had not locked in the dates and the itinerary before advertising the trip. In addition to being switched from Bayeux and the Churchill Hotel, which looks charming, to Caen and the Best Western, the change in itinerary means upon arrival in France, we will be bused to Caen, then on day 12 we will be bused back to Paris and then after the trip down the Seine, we will be bused back to Paris again. That’s three bus trips instead of one! We were told this was due to a change in the ferry schedule. Also, according to the itinerary booklet we received in January, the afternoon of Day 3 is free time in Bayeux and dinner on our own there. The itinerary still says dinner on your own in Bayeux and lodging at Hotel Modern/Best Western in Caen without explaining how we get back to Caen after dinner. A friend just returned from Ireland with Road Scholar and had a fabulous time; we think we will too, but these are some of the concerns we are having after booking this tour and cause us to have concerns about booking a future Road Scholar trip.
Carolyn Bennett Mar 06, 2014 at 09:01 PM

I have been on several Road Scholar trips, all in the states. So far I have been impressed with the flexiibility when a change was needed. My daughter and son-in-law are to meet me on the last day. They were going to spend the night at our Paris hotel. Then it changed from what was in the online description. Our last night is at a more expensive hotel. Cindy will keep her reservation and drive to meet me.

Premium Email Subscriber Feb 05, 2014 at 10:55 AM

This is our first trip with Road Scholar and we have just received notice of changes in dates, the itinerary) Caen instead of Bayeux), and the hotels. Is this something that occurs frequently Road Scholar trips? One would think that the company would have locked in dates and hotels before marketing the trip.
Herbert Ware Feb 05, 2014 at 11:10 AM

In ten Elderhostel/Road Scholar trips (since 1999), we have not experienced this. The more important issue may be, 'Has the itinerary changed? If so, what has been added or deleted?' What I have noticed is that other tour groups are promoting 2014 as the 70th anniversary of D-Day. That could be having an impact on bookings and prices. My suggestion: Check with Road Scholar to see how this change has impacted/will impact the itinerary.
Premium Email Subscriber Feb 05, 2014 at 11:25 AM

What has changed is that instead of staying in Bayeux at the Hotel Churchill as the base from which to explore the D-Day beaches, the updated itinerary changes the base location to Caen, and the hotel is a Best Western. Caen was heavily damaged durin
Premium Email Subscriber Feb 05, 2014 at 11:34 AM

during the war, much of the Normandy charm having been lost; present day Caen is a very urbanized city, not the bad I would have chosen for a 5-night stay in Normandy.
Herbert Ware Feb 05, 2014 at 11:46 AM

We did this trip in 2012, so I'm familiar with both Bayeux (and the Churchill) and Caen. While Bayeux is 'charming,' it is not representative of how France was changed by the invasion, since Bayeux was spared from the ravages of war (and you will learn of how and why during your trip). If you have not done so, you may want to read Rick Atkinson's 'Guns at Last Light: The War in western Europe, 1944-1945.'You will catch the 'charm' of France as you visit the cities and towns on the cruise portion of this OUTSTANDING trip.You also will come to understand why Paris was spared from devastation.

Pam Harrington Dec 29, 2013 at 08:49 PM

Cathy, you and Gordon will have such a wonderful time on this trip. How great for the group to have someone who was actually there on the D Day maneuvers to share what it was like! I know Jean Pierre will be thrilled, too!

Garreth Schneider Dec 17, 2013 at 02:48 PM

My wife & I are going in April '14 & I would like feedback/suggestions on:
* weather: can we expect a lot of rain?; how cold is it?
* packing
* WiFi availability in hotels (¿free or fee?)
* MS Seine Princess: luggage storage space in cabins
Susan Eissinger Dec 17, 2013 at 09:18 PM

Hi, Garreth. This was such a fabulous trip!! Our group was wonderful…such nice people! We learned so much. I went in September so I will be of no help as to the weather. As I recall, we were able to get wifi at the Churchill Hotel only downstairs in the restaurant/lounge. That was free. I think you could purchase wifi on the ship, but no one thought it was a good idea, as it wouldn't work while sailing, and it seems like there were other reasons. I think it was expensive, too. (Not sure…) We would try and find a McDonald's or a tourist information office at the different stops and that worked just fine. Olivier knows where wifi is available and will tell you. While in Paris, we received a password for wifi (free). Regarding luggage storage on the ship…the rooms are small, but you are able to put the large suitcase under the bed…as well as your carry on. It didn't seem to be a problem for anyone. Let me know if you have additional questions.
Pam Harrington Dec 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Hi, Garreth, we were with Susan on the Sept. trip, and I second everything she said. It was a wonderful group of tracel companions. You will really love the guides. Our room at the Churchill was able to get wifi connection, but many were not. Re weather, just do what they say and layer, layer, layer.
Garreth Schneider Dec 18, 2013 at 01:53 PM

WOW!! Thank you both for your great feedback!!!

John Bale Sep 23, 2013 at 08:41 AM

I am looking for a factual account of D-Day from a German perspective? Any suggestions?
Charles Hall Sep 23, 2013 at 04:31 PM

The D-Day expert on our recent Paris to Normandy program, Jean-Pierre Benamou of the D-Day Academy in Caen, France, was exceptionally knowledgeable and might have a reference for you.
John Bale Sep 23, 2013 at 09:18 PM

Many thanks. I will follow it up.
John Bale Sep 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM

No response from Benamou so I am still seaching. Any and all help would be appreciated.

Susan Eissinger Sep 01, 2013 at 09:22 AM

Hello. I'll be joining you in Paris on September 5 for the D-Day Program. I couldn't get my husband to go along, so he'll be staying home to take are of the dog family in Arizona. I am looking forward to meeting you. Do you know how many participants there are in our program?

Charles Hall Aug 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

We are late enrollees for the Seine trip, Paris to Normandy, departing September 4. Anyone here signed up for that? We live near Bedford, VA, site of the National D-Day Memorial, and are looking forward to that part of the program. This is our first Road Scholar trip.

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