Chaotic ensemble of architectural styles
Some say it is chaotic, others - like me - find it one of the charmes of old towns. The colourful variety in buildings throughout the city streets. Various architectural styles, that emerged throughout the centuries, can be seen over a few hundred meters of walking and therefore there is always something to your liking (or your disgus - hehe). Caen is definately such a town, that is wonderful to walk around in to see so many different styles and houses.
A (start or finish) place within the Tour
All places in France every year fight to get a start or finish in the Tour de France, the largest bicycle event our world knows. Caen was in luck in 2006. The Tour de France would finish here on the 6th of July and with it bring an enormous publicity and media circus. Weeks in advance preparations are made to show the city from it's best side. Lucky us, as we visited Caen the day before the Tour "caravan" would arrive and the town looked at it's best.
A great place for cheap, delish nibbles
A boulangerie is like a deli, where you can buy hot and cold snacks, pastries, chocolates and other nibbles perfect for a quick lunch. The food is delicious, filling and reasonably priced! One of the best we found in Normandy is the L’AUTHENTIQUE BOULANGERIE, rue Ecuyere, Caen. I loved the apple tart with fruit picked from a local orchard, topped with a crumbly cinnamon topping and flaked almonds. You can find this boulangerie in Caen's pedestrian quarter, on your way to Abbaye aux Hommes.
Doggie Doo Bags
All around Caen are many stations where you can obtain a doggie doo bag with which you can keep your dog away from the doggie jail for making a mess on the pavement.
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