View the Bayeux Tapestry

View the Bayeux Tapestry

It’s something we’ve probably all heard of, and many figure while you’re in the area, you might as well stop by to see it. After all, many WWII tours stop in or depart from Bayeux. But is it really worth valuable vacation time to view the Bayeux Tapestry? Yes.

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March 7, 2014 by
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The Bayeux Saturday Market. Photo courtesy of Isabel on Flickr

The Bayeux Saturday Market

Visitors to France come to Bayeux for its famous tapestry. They stay overnight so they can spend more time exploring the WWII monuments along the Normandy coast. But those in the know time their visit to coincide with the fantastic Bayeux Saturday market

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February 7, 2014 by
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The Cotentin Peninsula

The Cotentin Peninsula. Photo courtesy of Jean-Marie Hullot on Flickr

The Cotentin Peninsula, which many call the Cherbourg Peninsula, sits on France’s west coast and appears to be reaching up and out towards England. Never heard of it before? No worries – once you finish with this primer, you’ll soon be adding it to your next France vacation itinerary.

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January 10, 2014 by
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Winter in Normandy

Winter in Normandy. Photo courtesy of Richard Schatzberger on Flickr

I’m not going to lie to you: Winter in Normandy can be a brutal affair, weather-wise. Not always, but especially along the coast, whipping winds can chill you to the bone. And the winter months are some of the rainiest, which with lows hovering around freezing, can mean snow. And because of this, there will be certain tourist attractions that are closed. Now, I’ve given you the bad news first, because it’s a small obstacle when compared to the good things about winter in Normandy.

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December 13, 2013 by
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Christmas Markets in Normandy

A Christmas Market in Normandy

Many visitors to Paris take short trips to Normandy to see the WWII memorials and battlegrounds, but in December there’s even more reason to head to the region—the Christmas markets of Normandy. Let’s take a look at what awaits children of all ages in the Normandy towns of Rouen and Caen. They’re perfect for a holiday-themed day trip as the cities are walkable from the train station, and Christmas markets in Normandy give you a good idea of what Christmas is really like for the French once it is stripped of the glitz and glamor of chic Paris.

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November 15, 2013 by
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The Bayeux Reporters Memorial

When you’re touring WWII sites in Normandy, the sheer human toll of the war takes on a very real quality as you visit each cemetery, battlefield and memorial. But it wasn’t – and still isn’t – just the soldiers whose loves are lost, which is the focus of the Bayeux Reporters Memorial.

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October 18, 2013 by
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The British War Cemetery Bayeux

The British War Cemetery Bayeux. Photo courtesy of Amanda Slater on Flickr

The poet Charles Causley was inspired to write “At the British War Cemetery Bayeux” after visiting this moving homage to soldiers – many of them unknown – from the UK and 10 other countries who gave their lives in WWII. It was his first visit to a war cemetery, and it may be yours, too. Here’s what you need to know so you can keep your focus on the experience, and not on logistics.

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September 20, 2013 by
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The Normandy Coast

Chalk cliffs at Cote d'Albatre. Etretat, on the Normandy Coast.

When people think of the Normandy coast, it’s usually when they’re talking about the WWII battles that raged there. But the Normandy coast was around long before that historic turning point, and today is a popular destination for the French as well as visitors from around the world. Here are some things to see and do on the beautiful Normandy coast.

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August 23, 2013 by
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Food in Normandy

Brioche was invented in Normandy. Photo courtesy of zigazou76 on Flickr

While foodies flock to Paris to get their delicious fix, no one should be turning their nose up at the food in Normandy. Not familiar with the cuisine of this region? Well, have you heard of camembert, or brioche, or hard cider? All of those yummy products and more come from Normandy. Here is a list of many of the foods in Normandy you can enjoy.

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August 9, 2013 by
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Visiting Honfleur

Honfleur. Photo courtesy of Thomas Ulrich on Flickr

When you visit Paris, you quickly learn to orient yourself by which side of the Seine you’re on. And chances are, you’ve taken a stroll along its banks and taken pictures from its historic bridges. But what you may not know is that where the Seine begins, at an English Channel estuary on the Normandy coast, is just as picturesque – and historic. But once you learn about it, visiting Honfleur quickly rises to the top of your France vacation to-do list.

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July 26, 2013 by
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