Nuts for Normandy (France)
Collected by Andi Fisher , AFAR Local Expert
Normandy is one of my favorite regions of France. It is luscious green and beautiful. There is the ocean to provide wonderful seafood, but the grass feed the Normandy cows which provide amazing butter and cheeses. Not to be outdone are also the apples which go into everything from pies to alcohol. It is a bountiful region with very friendly people, especially to Americans as there is deep history with WWII.
Maison de l'Estuaire, 20 Rue Jean Caurret, 76600 Le Havre, France
A truly remarkable work of art, spanning the mouth of the Seine and connecting Honfleur with Le Havre; a milestone in the history of civil engineering. Construction began in 1988, and the bridge officially opened in 1995; it established the record...
14710 Vierville-sur-Mer, France
June 6, 1944: "Bloody" Omaha Beach saw terrible losses among the 1st and 29th US Divisions, the most costly of the D-Day battles. The sculpture, "Les Braves," by Anilore Banon, was commissioned by the French government to celebrate the 60th...
50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France
Twilight the lighting seemed perfect and I was able to capture the fading light somehow. The feeling as if this could be both modern or enchantment in scope appeals to my sense of art. A magical location not to be missed. we were able to stay on...
Le Bourg, 14430 Beuvron-en-Auge, France
La Cave de Beuvron is located in Beuvron-en-Auge one of the main stops on La Route du Cidre in Normandy, a driving circuit that is breathtakingly beautiful. The shop owners are extremely friendly folks and very knowledgeable on the area, they are...
"The very name Étretat - spirited and lively yet deep and melodious. And its beaches, whose beauty has been immortilized by so many painters, is the embodiment of magic, with its two formidable tears in the cliff face known as the doors." ~ Guy de...
3 Le Château, 14610 Fontaine-Henry, France
One of the few chateaus that I have been to outside of Loire, the Château de Fontaine-Henry is located in Normandy and I basically stumbled upon while out and about explore the backroads of this beautiful region. It is unique in it is one of the...
5 Avenue des Tilleuls, 14340 Cambremer, France
Beyond its rich history, Normandy is perhaps best known for its local specialties - salted caramel, creamy milk, a variety of pungent cheeses and heady cider. One of the best spots in the region for the latter is at Pierre Huet in Cambremer where...
38 Rue Jean Mermoz, 14804 Deauville, France
A stay at the Hotel Royal Barriere is a treat in itself. Staying there during racing season is a real highlight! Early each morning, horses are brought to the beach for workouts in the surf of the English Channel.
27370 Saint-Germain-de-Pasquier, France
In Normandy, driving back to Paris from a day at the coast, we passed through St.-Germain-de-Pasquier. This village of about 150 inhabitants has the distinction of having the smallest 'mairie' (town hall) in France--definitely 'petite,' at only...
Rue du Bienvenu, 14400 Bayeux, France
Experience one of the best Cathedrals in Europe. We went to Bayeux to see the tapestry and discovered this amazing place and were blown away when we got inside. If you go to Normandy do not pass this town, the Bayeux tapestry, 70m of tapestry...
Château d'Audrieu, 14250 Audrieu, France
Dining at the Relais & Chateau restaurant inside the Château d' Audrieu is a wonderful fine dining experience. In reality, there aren't a ton of fine dining restaurants in this part of France, so it is a nice change if you are visiting for a week....
Rue du Bienvenu, 14400 Bayeux, France
The Norman town of Bayeux has their own famed basilica and cathedral (the second largest of its kind in France, behind the one on the Paris) and it's well worth the trip while you're in town seeing the Bayeux Tapestry or waiting for your pick-up...
50480 Angoville-au-Plain, France
June the 6th 1944 this tiny church with 50+ inhabitants suddenly found itself in the middle of the invasion battle, the Church was turned into the field hospital with the pews acting as hospital beds...80 soldiers were treated here along with a...
02400 Bouresches, France
1,060 soldiers were never recovered after the first major American engagement in World War I. A chapel at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery commemorates the unknown as well as the 2,289 who lost their lives durring the battle. The names of the...
02400 Château-Thierry, France
In the spring of 1918, Germans forces were confident they could win the War with a final push into Western France. Never mind the inexperienced American farm boys who had just arrived on the scene. I rented a car at Charles de Gaulle and drove 62...
I attended a photography workshop in Normandy, France, May 2013. Honfleur, Bayeux, D-Day sites, Mont Saint-Michel and Caen were among the picturesque sites of Normandy we visited. Needless to say, we all came home with great photos of this...
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