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All reviews airborne museum small town beautiful town steeped in history john steele the main square french town world war town square souvenir shops tourist office local market d day beaches opposite the church stained glass brave men band of brothers
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

A town with historical context in the Battle of Normandy. After watching the classic film 'The Longest Day' (1962) about D-Day WW II, Sainte- Mere- Eglise has been on my list of must visits. It didn't disappoint. The church is iconic. Historically important for the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Doron N
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Beautiful village with museum (didn’t have time to visit) very well set up with parking and tours to D-day memorials. Has iconic parachute with mock airborne soldier hanging from the roof of the eglise.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank N1883QApeterc
Reviewed September 27, 2018

We went here on the tour with Dale Booth Normandy D-Day Tours and spent quite a bit of time. Inside the church is an amazing, moving experience knowing how important this town became during the invasion and to the Allied success. The dummy of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank steelergirl87
Reviewed September 7, 2018

If you want to start your D-Day experience you need to start in Sainte Mere Eglise, as this is where it all started with American paratroopers being dropped above the town and in the surrounding area in the early morning of June 6th 1944. I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Benno Z
Reviewed August 26, 2018

Sainte-Mere-Eglise is a small town, located just inland from the coast, which was put on the map by the D-Day invasion. There are numerous reminders of what occurred here on 06/06/44 and later in the war. There is the church of John Steele, the Airborne...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Here is where it all begun! Here is where you must start your trip and where you can fully understand what it might have been. I've been there staring at this site for over an hour feeling so grateful and proud of those brave men.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Amazing church...a must be for all those who believe in...liberty. Thank you...American troops. Thank you! Thank you so much! Obrigada

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LisboaMonica
Reviewed August 12, 2018

A must visit on the D Day circuit. Historically important for the liberation and notable for the paratrooper hanging from the church spire. Captured by Hollywood in the movie 'The longest day' The main square is surrounded by themed restaurants and cafes, souvenir shops and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mike D
Reviewed August 9, 2018

I adore this place, steeped in history, gorgeous town square, friendly local, nice cafes and restaurants and a very interesting museum. The church is my favourite, definitely go inside and enjoy the stained glass windows which feature scenes from D Day. I knocked a point...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 686caroline
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Steeped in history from WWII and with ancient and modern stained glass windows, some depicting the events of its WWII history which was a really nice touch. Buy a candle and give a little back

Date of experience: July 2018
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ameden14
Hanover, New Hampshire
Paris to Caen/Normandy (1 Replies)
This will be our first time in France and are wondering what is the best way to get to Caen/ Sainte Mere Eglise/ Normandy for a few nights from Paris. Should we take a train then rent a car? If so a train from which station in Paris and to where? Or is it easier to rent a car in Paris and find our way?
June 17, 2014|
BTownBackpackers
Burien, WA
Our D-Day Tour (3 Replies)
Although our travel was in June, I wanted to make sure and compliment our tour guide, Jacques Perreau for a fantastic tour and possibly help others in their search for a guide. I only contacted him through email 2 months ahead of our trip and he replied that he was available for our party of 6. At the time, he offered a full day including Sainte Mere Eglise, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery. If we had wanted he would have adjusted to a half day. He met us at...More
September 26, 2013|
Response fromZippity26|
Can you share how much he charged you for the day. My husband and I are planning to visit in May 2014 and visit the same sites plus Mulberry Harbor. As it will only be the 2 of us, I would like to know if the cost would fit with our budget. Thank you.
KatrinaVanTassel
Tampa, Florida
Taxi fare from Cherbourg to Sainte Mere Eglise (18 Replies)
Will be in Cherbourg port from 7 am to 4pm in May. Taking Dad to extensive D Day tour later from Paris, but would like to go to Sainte Mere Eglise at cruise stop in Cherbourg. I was able to google to see it's about 40 kilometers, but had no luck in figuring taxi cost so that I have euros on hand since I am not sure taxis in France take credit cards. Thanks.
April 16, 2012|
Response fromcommesienne|
It looks like per km rate will make it around 140 euros return. So it may be cheaper for you to pay an hourly rate (17 euros per hour) for a taxi to wait for you as that way you will have a taxi on hand to take you back! Also, the hourly rate divided into the km rate would mean that you would be paying for around 8 hours and I'm sure you could do it in less time than that.