I had Stuart as a guide last August. when he was with Battlebus. Our experience was beyond expectations. 30 minutes into the tour, I understood why reviewers said take two days if you can. Stuart told us about his historic home and the "war stories" that went with it.
To my delight I have discovered Stuart has started his own company and offers the option of staying in his historic home. The advantage to booking with Normandy Battle Tours is flexibility. You are not tied to a specific route or sites if your interests take you elsewhere.
I have also found out Stu is coming out with a book, "A Battlefield Guide to the Normandy Landing Beaches" with co-author Carl Schilleto. My plan is to utilize his book as soon as it is out to assist me in planning and booking my next trip.
My life was changed by my tour with Stuart. I have such a different understanding and appreciation of the history and the brave men and women, not just of Normandy but all of France and the European Theater.
Even though I did some research (trip planned on short notice), looking back, I am embarrassed by my ignorance of the events of D-Day, from the dikes and flooding of fields to the hedgerows, and floating harbors. Stuart saw no question as "stupid", only an opportunity to share his knowledge and teach. Stuart gave me an appreciation of the magnitude of the invasion and what was required to continue the war beyond D-Day. Because of that day on the beaches, different sites and towns, the museums and the background and history from Stu, there were times I almost felt it was 1945 and I was part of all.
It was an honor and privilege to visit the American Cemetery with Stuart. His respect for the fallen and reverence of the site and our experience will never be forgotten.
Stuart is a true historian, has met many veterans and honors those veterans by sharing their stories with his customers. My only regret of my tour with Stu is that is wasn't longer. I look forward to booking my next Normandy experience with Stuart and Normandy Battle Tours and you should too.
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