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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Visiting Omaha Beach in Normandy

Pointe du Hoc

My family and I moved to Europe as expats in 2012. When I asked my family when they’d like to come visit, without hesitation my father said “2014. It will be the 70th anniversary of D-Day and touring the beaches of Normandy would really be something for me to see.” After all, his uncle served in World War II so he felt a personal connection. To give him the opportunity to see the beaches and historic landmarks, I had to do it right- and that included taking a professionally guided tour of Normandy. I signed up for an Omaha Beach Half-Day trip and hoped it would give him the experience he was looking for.

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June 2, 2014 by
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5 Reasons to Visit Normandy Other Than War History

Bayeux Tapestry.

With the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014, the eyes of the world turn to the coastline of Normandy, France and the events that will commemorate this historic event. But at any time of year, visitors flock to Normandy to visit the WWII museums and monuments of the region; it’s become practically synonymous with D-Day. But what many visitors don’t realize is that an entire vacation could be spent in Normandy with nary a memorial in sight! Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Normandy other than war history.

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June 2, 2014 by
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Charming Villages Near Bayeux

Saint Céneri le Gérei. Photo courtesy of ho visto nina volare on Flickr

Bayeux is a popular base for people who want to visit the many WWII monuments and cemeteries in Normandy. But there are many charming villages near Bayeux that, especially if you have a car for your trip, are easily accessible and have you back in town in time for dinner. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known gems in the region.

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May 30, 2014 by
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Caen Guide

Caen Guide - l'Abbaye aux Dames. Photo courtesy of Alain G on Flickr

For those who don’t want to cram the entirety of WWII history into one day trip from Paris, the next question is where to stay in Normandy so that you can visit the sites you want to see and also enjoy the evenings once you’re done. If that’s the next item on your vacation to-do list, then consider Caen. Want to know more? Then look no further than this Caen guide!

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May 16, 2014 by
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