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Putting French Addresses in Garmin GPS

I really hope my GPS works as I've read some have and some havent. So putting in addresses while in the Normandy area. A couple of examples, the address to Pegasus Bridge is, Avenue du Major Howard, 14860 Ranville, France. The address to the American Cemetery is, 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer. Is that how I input them? Ranville would be the city I suspect, but how about Colleville-sur-Mer?

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A primary point - Do you have the European ( France) software installed on your device ?

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I do yes. I bought a brand new Garmin a few months ago and also bought and installed the map of Europe.

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put it in by postcode.

Route to the town, then Attractions or other category.

I never had any trouble with a stand-alone Garmin. Now it is built in and just as good.

And Colleville-sur-Mer is the name of the town. Probably by the time you have collev in it will be one of the choices.

Are you taking it from home or will it be from the rental? Can you find it while still at home and save it as a Favourite?

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seeing your other answer, you're home free. Find it at home.

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Remember, when you turn it on in France it will be lost for a while. You'll get the yellow question mark on the screen. After a while it will find at least 3 satellites and begin to find itself. Just be patient.

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Not France, but with Spanish addresses where the number comes after the street name, I just played around with the Garmin before the trip until it worked. I then entered all the places I was going to.

If I remember correctly, both the American cemetery and Pegasus Bridge were very well marked since we visited them long before we had a Garmin or smart phone.

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We too have been entering as many GPS addresses as we think of things we hope to see on our travels before we leave. Saves a lot of time and stress while traveling. Good point, Nigel, about being patient for the GPS to kick in when you land. Ours shows the question mark spinning over our car still sitting in the driveway at home when we first land in Europe. I’ve learned to turn it on as soon as we land to make sure it is ready to go when we get to our car in Europe.

The 5 digit number before the town or city name in France is kind of like a zip code and precedes the town name.

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We have done this with our own familiar Garmin for trips to France, Spain, Italy and the British Isles, we purchase the maps and program all our lodgings and destinations before we leave. If the address isn’t recognized we program in something nearby. We have also used our phones and programmed them ahead of time in Europe when we have free wi-fi using google maps off-line feature.

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Ok, I have several trips saved in the Normandy area, but one stop isn't cooperating. The German Cemetery. Has anyone had luck adding this to their GPS?

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There are several but this is the one closest to Bayeux that I’ve been to:

Les Noires Terres

14230 La Cambe (address)

France

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Can you enter coordinates into your gps? 49° 20′ 31″ N, 1° 1′ 35″ W

Otherwise I would just make a note of which exit you take off of N13 and follow the signs.

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We sometimes stay in rural B and B's with no real addresses we can decipher. We then use Google Maps to find it, scan down to the actual driveway, home, barn, etc, then use the latitude and longitude choice on Google Maps. We enter that into the GPS and label it in favorites with the name of the B AND B. It also works for portions of say, a beach, or a roadside viewpoint, or any place with no address. Pegasus bridge would be a perfect example to use latitude and longitude. We've used it to find the Suresnes American Cemetery on the western edge of Paris, actually in Suresnes, but easily reachable from anywhere in Paris. It's worth a visit if you're in Paris and you'll likely have it to yourselves. Good luck.

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I've got maps to everything printed out in case the GPS doesnt work, but I believe it will. It has the maps and its saving the locations and it simulates driving the route. The German Cemetery is a bit of a quandry. I tried using the coordinates, but theres not enough numbers in the GC coordinates? The GPS didnt recognize what I entered. The address to the new British Memorial didnt work either, so I used the Museums address as it is very close to the British Memorial. The GC nor the BM didnt show up in historical locations in the GPS like other locations did. That was baffling. I know the British Memorial is new so maybe thats the reason. Anyway, I believe we will be fine. Thanks for all the input everyone. This is our first trip to Europe and its def a learning experience. So much to plan and prepare for.