juha's "Roadtrip to France"
Although a famous for the battle it really doesn't hold too much worth visiting other than the crepes served by the cafes (they're great!). There's a broken Sherman tank in the city square but that's about it. If you're driving through then do stop for a crepe but otherwise don't bother.
juha from Finland wrote about Battle of Waterloo 4 years, 10 months ago
Take the tour of the battlefield, it's the best way of experiencing the place. It's not too great though, you'll be driving across the fields and listening to a tape explaining what happened and where. It's better than nothing of course if you're here, but you really don't miss too much if you skip the whole place.
juha from Finland wrote about Löwenhügel 4 years, 10 months ago
The Lion mound is an artificial hill with a lion statue on top made from the cannons of Napoleon. It costs 7 euros to climb to the top and is not worth it. You can see it for free from below. You might consider taking the battlefield tour if you want to do something here. It'll take 45 minutes to drive around the fields and hear how the battle went. It sounds better than it actually is... Napoleon and Waterloo are more interesting on books and visiting the actual place doesn't really give you anything more.
juha from Finland wrote about Battery Longues-sur-mer 4 years, 10 months ago
I didn't visit this but it's the only place in Normandy where the guns are still in place in the battery. Similar bunkers probably to Point du Hoc but with guns in place. Should have gone there, probably...
A charming little French village with a old and magnificient cathedral. Don't miss eating crepes in one of the many nice cafes around the old city center.
juha from Finland wrote about Douaumont#Douaumont Fort 4 years, 10 months ago
The biggest fort of the Maginot line. You can enter it and wander around. A really cool place. The best thing to do around Verdun. A definite must see place!
juha from Finland wrote about La Château 4 years, 10 months ago
A great B&B close to the D-Day beaches. Great breakfast, excellent English spoken and a few minutes away from the charming village of Grandcamp-Maisy. It's an old farm and offers a magnificient experience and value for money.
La Maree is in many ways a great restaurant. It's located in the small village of Grandcamp-Maisy in the harbor. Food is great, especially the fish dishes. It's also mentioned in the Michelin guide. It's quite a small and relaxed restaurant still, very much like the village it is located in. Prices are cheap too. It's definitely a place not to miss if you want to try a real French restaurant away from the tourist masses.
juha from Finland wrote about Le Mont-Saint-Michel 4 years, 10 months ago
An extraordinary place definitely worth the trip. It's a huge cloister village located on an island that gets surrounded during high tide. Great sceneries and lots of interesting stuff to see. It can be a bit touristy but once you climb away from the ground level shops and restaurants it definitely gets better. Do enter the cloister itself even though it costs a bit. The views from the top are great.
juha from Finland wrote about Moët & Chandon champagne cellars 4 years, 10 months ago
We took the tour here and it was really a great experience to see and learn how champagne is made. A really good learning experience. It's quite cheap and takes only an hour. Plus you get to taste some champagne so you just can't lose! :)
One of the great engineering achievements of World War II. Some of the pontoons still defy the waves after 60 years which is quite amazing. The best thing in Arromanches.
juha from Finland wrote about Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 4 years, 10 months ago
Definitely THE place in Normandy when it comes to the D-Day beaches. Especially the free exhibition in the visitor center beats all the museums (that are not free) pants down.
juha from Finland wrote about Omaha beach 4 years, 10 months ago
I was somewhat disappointed with all of the D-Day beaches. I had high expectations for sure but still it was quite boring to see the same stuff everywhere: old uniforms, weapons etc. in different small museums. Nothing new in any of those. The most interesting place was the US military cemetary close to Omaha beach with its visitor center and exhibition. That's definitely not to be missed. Otherwise if you've read about the invasion and want to find something more you'll be disappointed in case you've been a few military museums before.
juha from Finland wrote about Omaha beach museum 4 years, 10 months ago
Don't bother going in and paying the entrance fee. Just more uniforms and guns. Go to the visitor center at Omaha beach US military cemetary instead. It's free and better.
juha from Finland wrote about Pegasus bridge 4 years, 10 months ago
After reading about the events of the Pegasus Bridge it's a bit of a disappointment in real life. It's very small and not even the original bridge, which is located in the museum next to the bridge site. Again if you've read about the events the museum is rather unuseful. You can also see the first building liberated in France on the other side of the bridge. Still it's worth the visit if you're in the area.
juha from Finland wrote about Pointe du Hoc 4 years, 10 months ago
Some bunkers, a lot of shell craters and cool cliffs. One of the best places on the D-Day beaches but still not very inspiring. If you're around here and want to see the beaches then don't miss Point du Hoc.
juha from Finland wrote about The Landing Museum 4 years, 10 months ago
Just barely worth the money it costs to enter. They have a model of the Mulberries and quite a lot of info on them which is nice. Otherwise still more guns, uniforms and other stuff like that. You can see the Mulberries in front of the museum in the harbor which is the coolest thing.
juha from Finland wrote about The Surrender Museum 4 years, 10 months ago
A decent museum showing the last days of the Reich and the surrender process. The only amusing thing was that the French kind of seem to exaggerate their part in the process... Do visit if you're in Reims.
There are no other reason to visit Verdun than to see the sites of the Great War. Skip everything in the village itself (including the bunker tour) and head outside the village to Douamont. The best place to see is the fort of Douamont. It is the biggest fort of the Maginot line. That's a really cool place. The museum close to the Fort is OK, but it's a regular museum with a bunch of stuff from the war. There are some timelines and such too, which makes it a worthwhile place to visit.
juha from Finland wrote about Verdun memorial museum 4 years, 10 months ago
Definitely worth the visit. Despite having the usual stuff like uniforms and guns the museum also has a timeline of the battle of Verdun and the whole Great War. It's an interesting visit and very close by the most interesting place, i.e. the Fort of Douaumont so it is easy to get them both with the same visit.
The home of champagne. Or at least the home of most of the champagne houses. A nice town all in all, but definitely pay a visit to one of the cellars to learn how champagne is made. And to taste some of course. It's not too expensive here either.
juha from Finland wrote about Reeperbahn 4 years, 10 months ago
Supposed to be cool I guess and one of Hamburg's key sights but it really sucks. If you don't have anything better to do (which you might not because it's Hamburg) then sure walk along it. There are shops selling dildos and bars showing striptease shows. Wohoo. Could've been "fun" when I was a teen.
juha from Finland wrote about Stella Maris Hostel & Hotel 4 years, 10 months ago
Great price to quality, the only problem was the wireless internet which didn't work but there was a computer in the lobby to compensate for that. Good rooms, good location, cheap price.
A nice but a somewhat expensive small city with lots of shops and restaurants. Nothing that I especially found interesting or worth visiting, so ended up in having a great dinner with my girlfriend at a fantastic thai-restaurant close to the center. If I could only remember the name of the place I'd add it here...
Quite a good city, definitely worth spending a few days in it. You can always just sit and eat in the zillions of bars and restaurants. Remember to visit the Anne Frank House!
juha from Finland wrote about Anne Frank House 4 years, 10 months ago
You should definitely visit Anne Frank House when in Amsterdam. It quite a short tour but good. You'll see the small rooms in which they lived hiding from the nazis. Absolutely worth the small price and short wait.
Delft is definitely a great city. Like Amsterdam with its canals but in a much smaller size with less people, less tourists and more authentic feeling. Amsterdam was good but Delft was great!
Motala is a surprisingly nice small town in Sweden, just a few hours from Stockholm. It has a lot of outdoors activities and a few kilometers long sand beach on a lake. Definitely a good spot for an active holiday.
juha from Finland wrote about Varamon beach 4 years, 10 months ago
A really great lake beach with a few kilometers of sand beach, crystal clear fresh water and a lot of different activities like wind surfing, jet skis, beach volley etc. Not too many people either so it's rather peaceful. You can rent a cottage close to the beach or stay in the Motala city just a few kilometers away.