Basse-Normandie Local Customs

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    driving by Pontorson city center
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Basse-Normandie Local Customs

  • Normandie Pass

    For those seeking all inclusive package to see several things at once, the region of Normandy has created the Normandie PassOver 40 sites that can be seen with one card alone with one admission full price adult and one euro extra you get benefits at all these places valid from March to December in 2013,check for future yearsYou can to the Atlantic...

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  • Peche a pied

    A favourite local activity takes place on low tide, when the sea retreats several kilometers away and the seabed is exposed. You will find many people walking and picking all kind of mussels (moules, coques, palourdes). While for the coques or palourdes, you need already some equipment and knowledge, the easiest to pick are the mussels - just lying...

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  • Le Trou Normand

    This "former" custom of gourmandise is still observed in at least the Suisse Normand. It consists of downing a small glass of spirits (of course in Normandy it is Calvados) between the entree and the roast (meat course). (In other parts of France this may be called the "coup de milieu"). Nowadays in a less husky society , this eating pause has been...

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  • The Bocage

    The clearing of forests and fields for farming or pasture leads to the accumulation of rubble which in some localities (long before ecology was conceptualized) was distributed at the edges of the cleared land (and not burned). Over decades this became clusters of dense shrubbery and trees: copses and hedgerows. The Norman (and French) term for this...

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  • A typical French thing in Normandie

    Jeu de Boules or Petanque, is a very traditionally Frenmch game that is played almost everywhere. In many villages and cities, one can find the special created Petanque lanes on shadowy places along the streets or on a square. Young and old play the game, but mostly one sees men doing it. We couldn't refuse when Lily (our camping entertainer)...

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  • What would a coast be without...

    The Cotentin peninsula as well as further East coastline villages of Normandie, have many lighthouses. These variete from small port light houses to high towers that shine their lights over a far distance into the sea. The Gatteville-le-Phare lighthouse ("Phare", atually means lighthouse in French) is one of the highest in the world. Few pages also...

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  • Vakwerk (woodwork) houses

    To be honest, I do not know the exact word in English, but the woodwork (vakwerk) houses are very present in the older villages and towns of Normandie, showing that this was a popular building style here (as well as in Germany and parts of England). The houses were constructed as a wooden frame in between which plasterwork (clay or so) was pressed,...

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  • Flag and coat of arms of Normandy

    Unlike most French provinces, towns and districts, Normandie does not have the French lily in it's flag, coat of arms. No, here in Normandie it's (like in the Lowlands and England) the lion that can be found on these national items. And proud of it they are, these Normandians, as the flag waves in many many places and shows to the people that...

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  • Historical strong agriculture

    Three agribusinesses have been historically strong in Normandie, effecting the present day landscape, traditions and welfare. First the apple orchards that stand at the bases of the famous Cidre Wine and Calvados, originating from this region. Furthermore cattle keeping, especially the meat producing cattle, have created it's own Normandian race....

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  • The stone edged acres and fields

    The Normandian landscape is quite similar to the English / Irish landscape in it's many stone edged fields and acres. This comes from ancient times, in which stones were the most easiest and available material to create barriers between properties. Wood was to expensive and barb wire just wasn't invented yet. The stone walls are left 'til today and...

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  • Chemins, driving through the "chimneys"

    Normandie is famous for it's "chemins". These narrow roads are flanked by walls of stone and green, that in some cases grow completely over the road, turning it into a tunnel. These charming roads are a delight for the driver, even though the landscape is completely cut off from sight. However, around the corner waits a surprise in a sudden...

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  • Normandie Fleurie, colourful flowers in...

    The climate in Normandie is acceptionally mild, because of the presence of the sea. This seaclimate takes care of temperatures that never reach extremes, but always stay between +5 to +25 degrees Celsius. On top of that the Atlantic winds bring lots of rain or moist to the land. Therefore Normandie is very green, but also very furtile for a wide...

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  • Extreme tidal differences

    The waters surroundings Normandie are famous (and infamous) for their extreme tidal differences. People have had to adjust normal life to this in many ways, but also learned to coop with this outrageous behaviour of nature. Harbours are at low tide completely empty and ships lay scattered on the bottom of the "tub". Imagine what would happen if you...

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  • Fancy gardens

    Locals happen to tart up their garden with fancyful decorations " in honour of their liberators". Great, don't you think?

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  • Camembert

    Twenty years ago, in May 1986 a wonderful woman at the Alliance Francaise said that if you want to try French cheese you must buy "Lanquetot - Camembert au lait cru", I don't know what's become of her since but I have become a Camembert lover...go to any French supermarket and choose your Camembert carefully, you are allowed to take off the cover...

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  • Cider

    The Calvados area of Normadie is famous for its Cider and an apple flavoured brandy called Calvados. Over 50 types of apple are used in the making of the brandy, it is then aged for up to 30 years in oak caskets. Apple brandy has been made in Normadie for over 500 years, introduced by the DutchA great web site below where you can also buy your own...

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  • The "Trou Normand"

    The "Trou Normand" literaly translates as Norman hole; it is a very old tradition of gastronomy in the north of France. The tradition consists in drinking a couple sips of hard liqueur in the middle of a meal, to actually create a "hole" in one's stomach to renew the appetite. Specialists say that there are in reality three "Trous" the tradition...

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Basse-Normandie Hotels

  • Hotel Formule Verte

    Route Du Mont Saint Michel BP8, Mont-St-Michel, 50170, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel d'Argouges

    I would recommend this 3 star hotel to anyone staying in Bayeux. It is an old townhouse which has...

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  • Mercure Caen Centre Port De Plaisance

    I use for years all over the world the ACCOR chain of hotels, and have been fantastic. I am a...

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  • La Ferme Saint Simeon

    An old farmhouse is the focal point of this 17th-century half-timbered slate hotel, one of...

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  • Inter Hotel du Louvre

    We arrived at the Hotel Du Louve at 10pm and before we reached the desk the clerk had called us by...

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  • Royal Barriere

    I won a 4-night stay in this hotel from LuxuryLink.com (a travel auction site). At the time when I...

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  • Le Mulberry

    6 rue Maurice Lithare, Arromanches-les-Bains, 14117, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Etap Hotel Coutances

    14, Allee du Chateau de la Mare, BP 20512, Coutances, 50200, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Ibis Budget Lisieux

    Route De Paris, 14100 Lisieux

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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