Basse-Normandie Things to Do

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Basse-Normandie Things to Do

  • The Abbey

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    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    Three letters that means a lot, even if with time the place is overrun with tourists, the meaning and the silent beauty of it remains. This is another run up the hill my family took at least the boys. see other entry tip on it here. It is huge , inmense ,with a great feeling of peace. All stone, not much decoration but the simplicity of the place...

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  • Cathedrale Notre Dame

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    Bayeux Things to Do

    Bayeux Notre Dame cathedral was started in 11th century but mostly in 13th century. Today the cathedral is the mother church of the diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux. The cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.and has some lovely stained glass windows. Admission is free to cathedral.

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  • Tidal Island

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    walking into the MSM is done with a guide. the site tells you about the tides http://www.ot-montsaintmichel.com/en/horaire-marees/mont-saint-michel.htm and this year we expecting the tide of the century by March 21. see photo already today come in now it will slowly change the welcome of visitors by...

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  • Tapestry - Tapisserie

    Bayeux Things to Do

    1000 years old tapestry is 70 m long and is unique in its kind. Admission is 9 euro with headphones in your language included. The tapestry is an illustrated narrative of the conquest of England in 1066 by the Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror, and is a document of life in Europe in the middle ages.

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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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  • Eglise Saint Pierre

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    Church of St Peter is a nice small church in the main street at the bottom of the abbey and it is the parrish church of MSM. Masses are celebrated Sundays to Fridays at 11H Saturdays 18h and n July and August an additional mass at 17H on Sundays. The church has construction from the 11C but was renovated in the 15C and 16C. It has a roof covered...

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  • Musee de la Tapisserie

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    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

    a wonderful garden area in the abbey , building done on top of the monastery. The cloister is my favorite part of the whole monastery.Cloisers are inspired by the atrium of a Roman villa and providing access to all the essential rooms. At MSM you have to the east, the refectory and the kitchens which no longer exist; to the south, one door led to...

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  • Monastery

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    Be prepared, to do not be disappointed: The "marvel" is not a visual superlative, as we could guess, but a fabulous architectural achievement. There are lots of more marvelous abbeys, even in France, but the way they managed the space, adapting the construction to the limits and characteristics of the space, without sacrificing its magnificence...

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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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  • 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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  • Cathedral Notre Dame Coutances

    I was passing by rather quickly and got into town, saw this and it is wonderful, after the reading the history will definitively recommend anyone passing by here to see. This is from tourist officeThe Cathedral Notre Dame at Coutances is one of the largest and finest buildings of France. The extent of the proportions, regularity of all, unity of...

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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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  • Funiculaire et falaises de Le Tréport

    wonderful funicular or cable car recently put back in service with great views of the city sea and all wonderful from top of the cliffs of Eu Le Tréport.The cliffs are the highest in chalk in Europe with 365 steps allow you to climb them to the top at 106 meters high. The funiculaire, was destroyed during WWII and now in service allows you to climb...

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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, because 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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  • Cathedral Notre Dame de Bayeux

    Another jewel of a Cathedral in a jewel size town. Bayeux is history and all around you tells it.This is the site from the city of Bayeux in Frenchhttp://www.mairie-bayeux.fr/index.php?id=232tourist office guided visits that can be done in English but the site is in Frenchhttp://bayeux-bessin-tourisme.com/blog/visiteguidee/cathedrale-de-bayeux/and...

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  • Church Notre Dame des Champs,Avranches

    A nice church in a nice town with views of MSM, I passed by many times and use it as a rest stop and of course a bit of balader or walk in town leads me to more wonders of my France.A bit of history as I likeThe old church of Notre-Dame des Champs was located, as its name suggests, outside the city, to the South. This church of great simplicity,...

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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