I was on my first trip to France, traveling from Paris to Normandy and then the Loire Valley for 10 days. By far, the most remarkable part of the journey was the day we spent with Chris. He picked us up at our hotel in Bayeaux and 9am and the stories began to unfold immediately. We learned of his own experiences as a British Commando, and a bit of his wife as well...they are both decorated officers. Besides having a military mind, Chris has in-depth knowledge of WWII. We stood in awe in the raw drizzle on Omaha Beach learning of the German's techniques of battle, and the heroic efforts of young American soldiers helping our forces break through the beachfront. As timing would have it, an acquaintance of Chris' was there in his WWII Willy Jeep and gave my friends and I a ride down Omaha Beach. We traveled to the American Cemetery and learned of Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Steele and so many others buried there. Chris brought them back to life through his storytelling. On Utah Beach we wandered the pockmarked landscape that had been bombed with over 1000 mortars. We wandered inside the bunkers were the Germans spent days firing on the Allied Forces. We stood at the peak of towering cliffs that 225 Rangers had to scale within 30 minutes as they came ashore. 90 were lost here. in Pointe du Hoc, St. Marie Eglise and other stops the stories continued. Stories of sad defeats, and acts of extreme heroism. We visited sites that we never would have seen had it not been for Chris' knowledge of the history of this region. I have told these stories repeatedly to my family and friends and will remember the experience forever. If you plan to visit Normandy, you must look up Chris at http://www.navyandco.com/ .You will not be disappointed!Type your paragraph here.

I have to echo the sentiments of Liz above. I was on my first trip to France, traveling from Paris to Normandy and then the Loire Valley for 10 days. By far, the most remarkable part of the journey was the day we spent with Chris. He picked us up at our hotel in Bayeaux and 9am and the stories began to unfold immediately. We learned of his own experiences as a British Commando, and a bit of his wife as well...they are both decorated officers. Besides having a military mind, Chris has in-depth knowledge of WWII. We stood in awe in the raw drizzle on Omaha Beach learning of the German's techniques of battle, and the heroic efforts of young American soldiers helping our forces break through the beachfront. As timing would have it, an acquaintance of Chris' was there in his WWII Willy Jeep and gave my friends and I a ride down Omaha Beach. We traveled to the American Cemetery and learned of Theodore Roosevelt, John Steele and so many others buried there. Chris brought them back to life through his storytelling. On Utah Beach we wandered the pockmarked landscape that had been bombed with over 1000 mortars. We wandered inside the bunkers were the Germans spent days firing on the Allied Forces. We stood at the peak of towering cliffs that 225 Rangers had to scale within 30 minutes as they came ashore. 90 were lost here. in Pointe du Hoc, St. Marie Eglise and other stops the stories continued. Stories of sad defeats, and acts of extreme heroism. We visited sites that we never would have seen had it not been for Chris' knowledge of the history of this region. I have told these stories repeatedly to my family and friends and will remember the experience forever. If you plan to visit Normandy, you must look up Chris at http://www.navyandco.com/ .You will not be disappointed!

Four of us just returned from a trip to France and the highlight of our trip was the D-Day Tour with Chris at Navy and Co. Tours. We spent the day visiting Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and small towns in between. Plan on spending the entire day for this tour....it is well worth it.
Chris is extremely knowledgeable on the history of the area. He will show you things that you would not experience on your own, or even with another guide. Interesting facts about wartime life in the area...stories about towns people who experienced the war and brave soldiers who fought to liberate France from Nazi Germany. All four of us were fascinated with the small details Chris knew about life during war time. He showed us bullet holes in a local Church. At the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Chris knew right where some of the most memorable soldier's final resting places were and what their role was during the war. 
We had talked to Chris in advance of the trip and told him that my Dad had landed on Utah Beach during the war. He took the time to research my Dad's Division and helped give me more information about the experience my Dad must have had landing his half-track on the beach that day. I very much appreciated his extra effort to make my tour special as I stood on the exact spot where my Dad had landed 71 years ago.
Be sure to wear good walking shoes and jackets for the coastline visit. Lots of walking involved, but not too strenuous. Cameras are a must. Be prepared for rain if the weather predicts so bring along both your umbrella and sunglasses. Sign up for the day long tour and be sure to order the box lunch that Chris' wife makes... excellent lunch with dessert treats!

I highly recommend NavyandCo B&B if you are a couple looking to stay in the Normandy area. Set within a beautifully maintained historic farmhouse, this recently opened B&B is top-notch with regard to location, quality of service, cleanliness and all-around experience. We arrived at around 4PM with the intent of having a cup of tea then heading out to catch some sites (the sun does not set until around 10PM in summer). Four hours later, we were still visiting with Sue and Chris who seemed more like old friends at that point. The property exudes classic country charm without feeling old/musty, as some older, historic properties can sometimes feel. The room was clean, spacious and classy. The bathroom was also very clean, classy and spacious- even by U.S. standards. With soft robes and slippers, plush towels and fine soaps, their attention to detail is impeccable. Although the room is quite spacious all on its own, guests also have use of the light and airy mezzanine area, which includes a couple of couches, and a writing/activity table. Wifi access was also a huge plus. A delicious breakfast is served in their military history room. With Sue being somewhat recently retired from the British Royal Navy and Chris a recently retired British Royal Marine Commando, they have two entire career’s worth of fun and interesting pictures/memorabilia for guests to enjoy. The Farmhouse is set in and around areas where lesser-known but historically significant battle occurred so you can start your D-Day explorations immediately. Distance to larger towns/points of significance: about 10 minutes from Carentan; approximately 15 minutes from Utah Beach; 30 minutes from Omaha Beach; 35 minutes from the American Cemetery, and 40 minutes from Bayeux. (While Bayeux is a nice town, if you have your own vehicle and your main focus is to see the American D-Day sites, it is not the most central location). Chris also operates a D-day tour company and we learned so much from him, despite having already toured many of the battlefields and museums. Having served in various combat operations during his time as a Royal Marine Commando, he has a unique perspective on amphibious operations and offers a very relevant perspective with regard to being in battle. Additionally, having been a Normandy local for the past few years, he has taken care to spend time with local civilians who lived in the area (as children) during the battle of Normandy and can share the stories as told to him by them- things you would not get from a museum

They also have a beautiful old home in Houesville that is also a Bed and Breakfast. Large bedroom with separate living room and large private bath that sleeps two. Wish we had stayed there...but will next time!
We highly recommend Navy and Co. for your Normandy experience.