We just got back from a week's stay in a Paris apartment from which we made a one night trip to Normandy. Rather than respond to some opf this recent queries on this forum, I'll lay out for you the whole experience, hoping this will be useful to other visitors.
We had an unusual situation. I (with my wife) was given round trip air travel from Boston to Paris and a week in a Paris apartment as a 70th birthday present from my brother and sister. Although I've been to France eight times in 40 years, I'd never been to the Normandy invasion sites. That's why it was a one night round trip from Paris, staying at Bayeux. So this isn't just an posting to the Trip Advisor forum; it's also a thank you note to my family.
We arrived Bayeux on the train from Paris at 14:26 and took a taxi to the B&B Aggarthi. A nice place, 65 Euros, where the woman who owns and runs it speaks grammatically interesting English – competent but not fluent. She also tolerated my survival French, giving me some good practice. It's a small place with four seats in the breakfast room so she takes orders and schedules you breakfast time when you check in. She asked if we wanted tea or coffee, and when I said coffee, she asked if I wanted expresso or "swimming pool" – first time I’ve heard term for the large cups of coffee drunk by Americans.
We rented a Hertz car - see my next posting. We left Bayeux at 10:00 the next morning and did the battlefield tour, seeing all the sites that held the most interest for me - St. Mere Eglise, Mederet River crossing, St. Marie du Mont, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc and the part of Omaha Beach from Vierville draw to Colville draw.
To keep this from getting too long, I’ll give you the battle field itinerary and info about trains from Paris as two separate posts – tomorrow as it’s getting late now.