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Le Val Druel, Rue Vieille Grange, Dieppe, Haute-Normandie, 76200, France
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Normandy beaches from Rouen

by PhillyJohn

I am planning a possible trip to Rouen in April, spending 5 nights. Is it possible to reach the Normandy beaches & cemeteries without using a car? Is there a train or bus to the area from Rouen or Caen? I don't really want a guided tour, but if need be, I would use that. thanks

Re: Normandy beaches from Rouen

by Beausoleil

There are buses. Here is the web site but it is in French and I don't see an English link. If you read French, you'll be okay. They do go to at least three of the D-Day beaches. http://www.busverts.fr/_hiver/dday/caen_omaha.asp

We've always driven so I'm no help on tours. We have seen tour buses at Pegasus Bridge and I'm sure they must go to the beaches. Caen would be the closest place. You could take the train from Rouen to Caen and then get a tour bus. I'm sure you can book through the Caen Tourist Info. They're great.

It's a long trip by car but you might want to rent one just so you could spend the time you like at the beaches. On the other hand, if you took a tour from Rouen, you could sleep on the way home. LOL

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Great link, Sally! It looks easy. Take an early (7 am) train from Rouen Rive Droite (about 1.40 hr trip/44 euro retour), hop on the bus that departs from the station in Caen, do the tour. The tour itself is only 14 euro. It runs every day except Sundays and 14/7 and 15/8.
You could hop off at Bayeux, instead of riding the bus back to Caen. Take a train back to Rouen from Bayeux (2 hr trip). It saves you half an hour travel time at the end of the day.

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I forgot to say: although you could do this as a day trip from Rouen, I would advise you to visit the Peace Memorial and Museum (http://www.memorial-caen.fr/portail/index.php?lang=EN) in Caen, before you do the beaches tour. So maybe it is wise to make it a 2-day trip.
The memorial/museum gives you a very impressive and intense insight in this historical period, linked to the present day. Personally I would not have appreciated the beaches so much if I had not visited the museum first.

Re: Normandy beaches from Rouen

by Beausoleil

ATLC, Excellent advice. We spent an entire day at the Caen Peace Memorial. It is an emotionally draining experience but very interesting. I highly recommend when people buy their tickets at the Peace Memorial, they purchase the full sit-down lunch option. We were really ready for a break at lunch time and the Memorial cafe is very nice with good service and on nice days, outdoor seating overlooking the gardens. We were there on a very cold rainy day . . . no outdoor seating for us. Sigh . . .

The Bayeux Tapestry is very interesting but don't miss the cathedral. It is spectacular and do visit the crypt. Lovely frescoes.

http://www.ville-caen.fr/GB/index.html A nice web site in English about Caen.

Re: Normandy beaches from Rouen

by Beausoleil

Found them. Here is the web site for the Peace Memorial in Caen.

Here is the link for my Tip on the Peace Memorial. Click on the photo for some more pictures. It is an amazing place.

Travel Tips for Rouen

Rouen Tip

by shiran_d

The Cathedral, rebuilt from the XIIIth to the XVIth centuries,
various churches,
the Old Clock,
the Palace of Justice,
the Old Market square,
the church of St-Maclou
the abbey of Saint-Ouen.

Maisons à colombage


Before 1520 the stages in half-timbered houses were often "en encorbellement" (corbelled construction). After 1520, it was forbidden.

As the whole frame is of wood (often oak), it is strong but can distort somehow. Look at the strange shape of the main horizontal beam of the central house !

Église Saint Lo


If you are looking for the Église Saint Lo, you will not find it but only a plate that says that it was here. The plate reminds that it was dedicated to Saint Lo in 1533 june 9th by the Reverend Jean de la Massonaye, bishop of Hippone, etc... The amazing thing is that Hippone, now Annaba, is a town of Algeria. It was the city of Saint Augustin but why the bishop of Hippone dedicated a church in Rouen ??

Fence of the church works


Saint Maclou church is still under repair. The fence that protects and isolates the working area from the passersby has a very nice look and represent a kind of shadow show of a city which helps to wait when they will be removed !

Rouen Tip

by ben76

ROUEN one of the most important
gastronomical places in Normandy.
Drawing inspiration from both classical and modern cooking, a large variety of regional dishes are served in the numerous restaurants of Rouen, and its surrounding region. These include : duck paté, Normandy sole, pressed Rouen duck, Rouen sheep's foot, the renowned cheeses of Normandy, apple tart, and soufflé. Apple sugar, apple jelly, apple pastries, without forgetting the chocolates complement the list of culinary specialities that can be accompanied by bottled cider, and Calvados. Rouen is also famous for its typical ornamental faience which can be seen on a multitude of every day objects, or quite simply just decoratively. In Rouen, there are more than twenty gastronomic restaurants amongst the best in Normandy. The Order of the Duck was formed in 1986 by a group of people concerned about maintaining our culinary traditions. Its purpose is the preservation of our cultural inheritance : culinary art, symbolized by the enhancement of that great regional recipe Rouen Duck.


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