Albion Voyages' Franco-American connections access its local network to introduce its clients to Francois. Born and raised in the "Bessin" (coastal region), Francois' long time friendships with the local families who survived the World War II German Occupation invites you to explore the area from an insider's point of view. You will not only have a full understanding of the German occupation, but you will actually visit homes that were occupied seeing the scars left by this dark moment in Normandy's past.
Francois ill greet you in the lobby of your hotel along with your driver for the day. To give you 100% attention, you will be invited to discuss and to ask questions as your experience is presented in a conversational manner. Plus, Francois i passionate holding the presidency of the Regional Advisory Board for 14 years and later was elected vice president of the region's Tourism Industry.
Additionally, Francois' Father and Grandparents lived in Chateau de Tracy located on Gold Beach witnessing the D-Day landing first hand. You will visit Chateau de Tracy meeting Francois' Mother who will be happy to share the family's anecdotes over a family style lunch in the main dining room She holds great respect for the American soldiers who liberated her Normandy.
The afternoon will continue as you discover the rural countryside with Francois discussing the lifestyle of Normands during the four years of German Occupation.
This tour is a perfect "Second Day Tour" to complement the D-Day Experience.