The Elegant Villages of the Normandy Coast: Honfleur

The Elegant Villages of the Normandy Coast

Because of the popularity of the WWI monuments of the Normandy beaches combined with the paucity of vacation time of the typical visitor, much of the Normandy coast gets overlooked. And that’s a shame, because there are so many elegant villages in Normandy that have history, style, and are tons of fun for a day trip. Here are our picks – adjust your itinerary accordingly!

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December 5, 2014 by
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Mont Saint Michel Day Trip from Bayeux

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip from Bayeux

It can be a bit of a long day, and climbing up to the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is not for the faint of heart – literally. But if you’re going to be in Normandy and have extra time, I absolutely recommend, without hesitation, a Mont Saint Michel day trip from Bayeux.

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November 7, 2014 by
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Festivals in Caen

Festivals in Caen

Caen is not just a great base in Normandy for visitors, and although it has plenty of its own history they love a good party, too. Here are our favorite picks for festivals in Caen, all year round.

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October 3, 2014 by
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Château de Balleroy

Château de Balleroy. Phto courtesy of Gaëtan Zarforoushan on Flickr

Many visitors to France use the charming town of Bayeux as a base from which to explore the many WWII sites in Normandy. But the region around Bayeux offers up delightful surprises for the visitors as well, and are not nearly as crowded as, say, Versailles or Fontainebleau, even in the high season. A fine example of this is the Château de Balleroy.

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September 12, 2014 by
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Bayeux: Gateway to the Cotentin Peninsula

Bayeux: Gateway to the Cotentin Peninsula

Never heard of the Cotentin Peninsula? It played a major part in the Allies’ D-Day invasion of France, and today is the perfect mix of history and natural beauty that gives a vacation itinerary good geographical focus. And with the convenience of Bayeux as a base, you’re sure to have a relaxing time as well.

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August 15, 2014 by
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Le Havre

Le Havre

“Le Havre” means port or harbor in French, and it’s an apt name for this city on the Normandy coast. Second only to Marseille’s port in size, Le Havre sits on the Seine estuary and has a long and interesting maritime history.

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July 25, 2014 by
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The Art Lover’s Guide to Normandy

Normandy is justly famous among travelers for its WWII history, and each year almost a million people visit the coast to pay homage to the Greatest Generation’s heroes. Outdoor fanatics enjoy everything from cycling to land sailing. And foodies come for the cheese, the cider, and the Cognac. But what about the art lovers among us? Is there enough art in Normandy to excite the imagination? Why yes, there is!

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July 11, 2014 by
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A Day Trip to Caen from Paris

Caen. Photo courtesy of Patrick Nouhailler on Flickr

About halfway through a 10-day vacation to Paris, many people start getting… well, not antsy, but they have the lay of the land and often they get curious about what else this fabulous country has to offer. That’s why adding a day trip to Caen from Paris is a great idea for any itinerary.

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June 20, 2014 by
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Bayeux Festivals

Bayeux Medieval Festival. Photo courtesy of elyob on Flickr

Bayeux is not simply a place to lay your head in between touring WWII monuments and memorials. It’s a thriving town in its own right, with a wonderful sense of its own history and traditions, and never shy about making new ones as well. Here are some Bayeux festivals not to miss if you’re in the area during these times.

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June 13, 2014 by
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World War II Museums and Monuments in Normandy

WWII American Cemetery and Memorial. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army on Flickr.

For those interested in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in 2014, there are many museums and monuments throughout Normandy that remember this historic event. They honor different Allied nations and different aspects of the landings as well as the ensuing battles and liberation of France, but they all are worth a visit and offer an experience that simply can’t be had anywhere else on earth. Here is our list of favorites from the region.

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June 6, 2014 by
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