Basse-Normandie Things to Do

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Basse-Normandie Things to Do

  • The Abbey

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    The abbey is open every day except the 1st of January, the 1st of May and the 25th of December and is one of the National Monuments of France. You do have to pay entrance but it is absolutely worth it. We took the guided tour the first time we went and were glad we did. You get a lot of information and notice things you might not if you were...

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  • Cathedrale Notre Dame

    Bayeux Things to Do

    A Norman-Romanesque cathedral started in the 11th century but mainly built in the 13th, surprised us in Bayeux. We were so concentrated in WW2 remains and so short in time, that we didn't even enter it. Later on, I read something about an important tapestry that... I knew! We must read before going anywhere!

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  • Tidal Island

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    Is a mandatory visit the Mont St.Michel and its tidal island. If you travel on february, you will have the chance to see it without many people. I think that in summer season, the place is full of visitors and is less impressive than in winter season. Except a bus full of japanese and a one school trip, we were alone there. And we had a very good...

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  • Tapestry - Tapisserie

    Bayeux Things to Do

    The famous Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of an event that changed the course of history back in the 11th Century. It is housed in the Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and is well worth a visit. The tapestry is in fact "an embroidery made from wool on linen canvas" and is 70metres long and 50cm high. It tells the story of how and why the Norman,...

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  • La Grande Rue

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    This is the name given to the main shopping and restaurant street at MSM. Located inside the Boulveard Gate, La Grande Rue conects the entrance to the town with the abbey. This is a delightful narrow street lined with all manner and means of shopping outlets, cafes, and snack type eateries etc. It is fairyland for someone like me who loves this...

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  • Walking

    Bayeux Things to Do

    There are a number of old houses in Bayeux. In a separate tip we depict the House of Adam and Eve (which houses a lace museum). You go by the Cathedral and then on to the Deanery (once the Bishop's Palace) where the "Bayeux Tapestry" is housed. (It was pouring the last time we visited so the picture of the gate is out of kilter). Luckily, this is a...

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  • Monastery

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    This human 'hamster wheel' may seem like a joke, but is horrifyingly real: for centuries, the power to haul supplies from the base of Mont St Michel to the monastery was provided by prisoners on a treadmill whose physical effort powered a winch to haul supplies up the wall of the citadel by means of a giant sledge. This may sound like barbaric and...

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  • Musee de la Tapisserie

    Bayeux Things to Do

    The famous Bayeux tapestry is still there. The almost 1.000 year old tapestry that is absolutely unique in it's kind, can be admired at the Centre Guillaume le Conquérant (centre William the Conqueror) inside the ancient library of Bayeux. Here a museum explains everything about the medieval time in which the tapestry was made, as well as about the...

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  • The Cloister

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    The cloister on the top floor of La Merveille dates back to the 13th century but has greatly evolved over time. Today it is really the only area of La Merveille which provides a source of bright colour, as the walkway which was designed for the monks to stroll, converse and pray, surrounds a beautiful and tranquil garden. The plants filling the...

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  • Eglise Saint Pierre

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    Many people walk past here without noticing the parish church of St Peter, on their way up the steps of the main street to the Abbey. But is worth a few minutes of your time. Built in the 11th c it was the first church for Montois, but has been severely remodeled in the 15thand 16th c. Outside the main porch is a statue of Joan of Arc guarding the...

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  • The Ramparts

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    Mont Saint Michel is a place where you can't resist looking up all the time. Everything is so high and the walls with their ramparts atop are monstrous wherever you turn. How has a complex as monstrous as this stood the test of time? Your guess is as good as mine. Jolly fine engineering genius, I would think. The yellow pigmentation on all the...

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  • Mont St Michel

    After a couple of days meeting history and drama, passing on those places where civilization was defended with courage and blood, to put an end to WW2, the visit to Mont St Michel is a relief, remembering the best of mankind. Of course, no matter when you are going, you will have to share it with thousands. But it is worthwhile.

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  • Longues sur Mer

    Three strong bunkers with powerful canons line the coast. They show the damages suffered during the bombing and assault, so giving us an idea of the violence of its conquest. The actual quietness enhances the feeling of a dead place. And death is really the obvious reference of the area.

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  • Church of St Pierre

    a unique place since the times of William the Conqueror, and richly Embedded in the life of Caen. Surviving révolutions and world wars.It is the biggest religious building in the Kings town of Caen. At the 13C the Roman Church of the 12C was replaced ,renovated and enlarged, a clocktower was added to reach the Church from the street at Saint...

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  • church of Saint Michel, pont l'évêque

    wonderful church, a must see in the area from the 15C The Church consists of a nave with aisles; a relatively high It has no transept. The tower is placed at the western end, as in many churches of the 15th century. It is very heavy, flanked by protruding foothills and ends abruptly with a frame, covered with slate roof. In general, the decoration...

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  • War Museum

    In Arromanches there is a war museum, by the harbour, that we didn't visit. Maybe it is interesting, but the whole area is a wide war museum by itself. What else could we get inside those walls? Sad images and memories?

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  • see wonders from Avranches

    on clear days you can have beautiful views over to MSM, passed by here often but only make it for lunch, its actually a good base to see MSM if with a car.Avranches is a hilly town, that is why the great views over the bay, on the upper road passing near city center(rue de la liberté or D7) there is a nice church from which belltower offer splendid...

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  • Colleville-Sur-Mer

    Long lines of white crosses, here and there punctuated by jewish symbols, testify the American severe casualties in WW2. A sober memorial and the discreet harmony of the place, evidence the respect that is dominant. No surprise the way this cemetery specially touched Fernanda, more than the locations of landing an fighting, more impressive for the...

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  • Arromanches

    It was a miracle of engineering and courage, the construction "in a glimpse" of the artificial port of Arromanches, essential to the invasion. Done and abandoned more than 60 years ago, nor even the sea could erase the signs of that decisive construction. Arromanches pays its respect to the memory of the war, with a museum and evocative displays...

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  • British battlefield tours of Normandy

    http://www.britishtours.com/france/normandy-tours there is one. Never taken tours so the best should come from your own googling or contact the tourist office of http://www.normandie44lamemoire.com/versionanglaise/fichesvillesus/bayeuxus2.html plenty there to do some planning

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  • Normandy 1944

    Normandy is a popular place, go there a lot, pass by there every week. My mom rest there in Honfleur...Its special on top of the historical value. For the D-day beaches the best base is Bayeux, you can take tours from there, then close second is Caen. THE memorial of peace in Caen is a must. The car is king, will see more up close and personal....

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  • Mont Saint Michel

    With massive walls measuring more than half a mile in circumference and located in a bay at the bottom of the Cotentin peninsula, Mont St-Michel is, with the exceptions of the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe, probably the most recognised landmark in France. Connected to the shore by a causeway, it tops a rocky islet at the border between...

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  • Granville

    Granville is a quaint fishing port where the lower part of the old town was partly built on land reclaimed from the sea, whilst the upper part of the old town is surrounded by ramparts from the fifteenth century that are entered via a drawbridge (Grand ‘Porte). The town derived its name from the Grant family who occupied the area and after helping...

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  • Domaine de Houvre,Pierrefitte en Auge

    a heaven of country in beautiful country just outside pont l'éveque and near Honfleur; an eco domaine to see the farm as it once was.You get to see the farm with guide, and feed the animals, plus a wonderful nature park, to wander in caleche horse drawn carriage.just like the country used to be and still is here. A nice place to visit, we did it...

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  • Omaha Beach

    A rough sea in August, an empty beach, some closed houses, and... the memories. However, it was less difficult to mentally recreate the assault here, cause the hills are not so steep as in my imaginary and in some other beaches. If I remember the details, this was the first defense to collapse. It makes sense.

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  • GrandCamp-Maisy

    Just had to include the statute at an intersection of town. It is big and beautiful and fairly new. It was in commemoration of the 60th D-Day anniversary.The newly uncovered gun batteries here were one more place we were unable to visit.

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  • Utah Beach

    The western most beach of the allied invasion, the US 4th Infantry landed here on 6 June, 1944. Brig General Teddy Roosevelt Jr came ashore with the first wave, the only Allied general to do so. His actions were widely honored.This was our favorite beach. Perhaps because it was so late and there were few people about. Perhaps because it seemed more...

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  • Vimoutiers

    Off the side of the road out of town the Germans for some reason abandoned this tank, perhaps they were out of fuel. This tank was protecting the fleeing soldiers. The battle of Normandy was lost, General Rommel was wounded and the Falaise Gap was closed. For years it was left where it sat, leaning ever more precariously and being overwhelmed with...

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  • Le-Mont-Saint-Michel, pilgrimage to a...

    As a teenager I used to be staring at a large poster in my French class. Others might have been watching the Eifel tower or the Arc de Triomphe, I was gazing at a small mountain filled with ancient buildings and surrounded by the sea. It was a picture of Le-Mont-Saint-Michel, a pilgrims goal for almost more then 1.000 years. The island, merely a...

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  • Take a trip back in history in Bayeux

    Bayeux is one of these ancient gems that Normandie has to offer his visitors. The small town is of incredable scenic beauty and guarantees a very pleasant day for all who arrive here. It is the home of the Tapissery de Reine Mathilde, the famous tapestry of Bayeux and the oldest in it's kind. It is 70 meters long and tells the story of William the...

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  • Visit the Tapestry & the Town of Bayeux

    We stayed in Bayeux while visiting Invasion of Normandy sites because we were told it was convenient. What a lovely surprise to find that Bayeux, in and of itself, is a wonderful travel desitnation.Don't miss the Bayeux Tapestry. The museum in which is is housed does an excellent job of explaining the images. We wish we had studied a bit in...

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  • Bayeux

    Bayeux is an attractive little town just off the Normany coast. Set just inland of the D Day landing beaches, Bayeux was the first town in France to be liberated from Nazi occupation.Bayeux is most known for the famous Bayeux Tapestry, over 1000 yers old it was commissioned in the middle of the 10th century. At 70 meters long the tapestry, tells...

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  • D Day Landing Beaches

    The 5 beaches of the D Day landing area Utah & Omah both landed by the Americans, Gold Juno and Sword which were taken mainly by by British and Canadians with smaller groups of Commonwealth and free French & Polish forces. On the 6th of June 1944 45,000 men took part in the intial "Operation Overlord" with many more following one the beaches were...

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  • American War Cemetery

    It would be hard to visit the American Military cemetery and not be moved by the atmosphere and sight of so many graves here, Crosses and Star of Davids in perfect lines no matter what direction you look at them. 9386 American soldiers are buried here, plus a further 1557 soldiers whose bodies were never recovered are remembered by a memorial....

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  • Treat Yourself To A Great Guide

    I have read every book I could about the Normandy invasion. I am better than average with a map. So I felt well prepared to find my own way as I toured Normandy. After just a few hours it became clear that I was going to miss many of the things that I wanted to see because Normandy I huge and the places that I really wanted to see were small and...

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  • VISIT THE CHEESE FACTORY

    Located in the very heart of the Pays d’Auge, La Fromagerie Graindorge in Livarot is the only independent company which produces Pont- l'évêque, Livarot and Camembert cheese. The origins of the company go back to the beginning of the last century. In 1999 a fire completely devastated the factory. An ultramodern factory was built in its place, with...

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  • Sainte Mere Eglise

    The town made famous by the movie The Longest Day. What would a trip to Sainte Mere Eglise be without a picture of the paratrooper hanging from the church? It was such a great D-day story that the townsfolk have left a dummy paratrooper to photograph. The Airborne Museum is here and would be a nice stop. We didn't have time to do much else here...

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  • Pointe du Hoc

    The place where the Rangers persevered so valiantly for nothing. The guns they had come to capture had been moved. The earth however remains tattered by the bombing it received. It is another visual sober moment to think of the bombs bursting here. I was disappointed because the monument itself is behind barbed wire apparently to prevent anyone...

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  • Omaha gun battery & 2nd Infantry...

    We stumbled on this while searching for the main beach access. Perhaps there was a sign pointing the way. Behind the natural sand ridge with a view of the landing beaches is a small gun battery. Near the parking lot stands a memorial to the 2nd Infantry Division. This was the only place we found that was a remnant from that historic day. Did the...

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  • Omaha Beach

    We visited here near the end of the day. The beach was deserted. It is a beautiful beach, nice sand, gentle waves. And that huge palisade the troops had to overcome. I had heard that you must walk to the waters edge and then turn around and look at the view the troops had as they landed with guns firing on them. I'm glad I did. I hope you are able...

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  • Omaha Cemetery

    This is one place everyone knows. Its reputation is well deserved. A beautiful setting for a sober reminder of the cost of war. It is so well taken care of. The rows upon rows of crosses and stars of david are a cumulative sigh of pain. The memorial at the cemetery, the well manicured setting, the view from the hill of the beaches, the American...

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  • Longues Battery

    This most intriguing spot was high on our list of things to see and I would recommend it as a necessary stop for war buffs. The gun batteries here were quite extensive and unlike most of the rest were not destroyed during the fighting or after the war. Most of them still house the huge guns as well. High up on a bluff they command a wide view of...

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  • Arromanches

    There is quite a bit to do and see near this little town. The 360 Degree Theater, the Longues Battery, the Mulberry harbor and Landing Day Museum, as well as the little train that takes you from the town to the battery heights. We visited the 360 theater and felt it was worthwhile. We loved the Longues Battery (separate tip), and wished we had more...

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  • Gold Beach

    Gold Beach was the middle of the five coded beaches. The British 50th Infantry landed here on June 6, 1944. Their object was to seize Arromanches and make contact with the Canadians from Juno beach to the east and the US forces from Omaha Beach on the west. There are a few ruined defensive gun batteries here. And beautiful sand. We watched the...

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  • Pegasus bridge and Museum

    This museum tells the story of the Allied 6th Airbourne Division. The men arrived early on soundless gliders to capture the Pegasus Bridge in order to protect the forces landing on Sword Beach, the eastern most landing beach of D-day. It is a great, smaller museum, full of interesting exhibits and fun things to learn. Given a place of honor are the...

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