Basse-Normandie Off The Beaten Path

  • Richard Winters Statue
    Richard Winters Statue
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  • Richard Winters Statue
    Richard Winters Statue
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    5th US Engineer Special Brigade Monument
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Basse-Normandie Off The Beaten Path

  • As if you were Sleeping Beauty...

    We experienced an impressive night at this thousand-year old castle in Calombieres, a quiet, lovely little town about 15 miles in the west of Bayaux. Apart from its history from William the Conqueror to WW II, the charming chateau shows the harmony of fortified XII century massive, round towers and elegant XVIII century living rooms. We arrived...

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  • Havre and ruins in Regneville sur Mer

    Not very far from Coutances lies a lovely village of Regneville sur Mer. It lies on the southern part of the havre de Regneville, the biggest of all natural harbours in Cotentin, this one created by the river Rocque. Besides vast expanses of salted pastures, a nice walk on the ocean front or bed, you will be treated to the sights of ships lying on...

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  • Abbey of Hambye

    A sight not to be missed are the remains of this abbey, positioned in a beautiful valley, between Villedieu and Coutances.Built in the 13th century and spared during the french revolution it was sold by Napoleon and used as a quarry afterwards. But still much of the abbey remains and the sight of the church with its missing parts is magnificent.

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  • Castle of Gratot

    Just beside Coutances, in the village of Gratot lies this lovingly restored castle. Major part dates from 15th or 16th century and while the central dungeon lacks the roof and some of the upper parts, the corner towers are well preserved and the moats fully functional.A very nice way to spend a few hours or an afternoon...

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  • Gavray - ruins of the castle

    Gavray is a small town not far from Brehal or Coutances. The main attraction lies in the ruins of the norman castle on a hill above the town. While there is not much left from the castle itself, it is a very nice walk of about 1 hour around the hill, with gret views of the bocage country.A nice illustration of why french and englishmen can never...

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  • Hauteville la Guicharde - the other...

    A small village near Coutances, famous thanks to the 12 sons of Tancrede, who went on to conquer southern Italy and establish the kingdom of Naples and Sicily in the 11th century.A nice small museum contains the exhibit about life in Normandy in the times of their departure and the history of conquest and life in this new kingdom. You can also...

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  • Visit Hambye Abbey

    This is a fine monastery ruin quite close to Coutances and worth a visit if you are in the area or en route east from Mont St.-Michel. It is important to remember that it a State Museum and is closed on Tuesdays. (It is on D258 off D999 north from Villedieu-les-Poeles)

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  • The great Pont de Normandie

    Not able to place this magnificent modern piece of architecture, here is some information about the enormous bridge: Pont de Normandie. With a span of more then two kilometers the bridge hangs high above the mouth of the river Seine. The towers rise almost 215 meters up from the waterlevel and in between them hangs 856 meters of road. With these...

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  • The Cornille-Havard Bell Foundry

    North of Fougères and south of Caen is the town of Villedieu-les-Poêles. It's a very charming town - historic, quaint, and unassuming. We came here to take a guided tour of the Cornille-Havard Bell foundry. With the early morning October fog, it made for a very memorable visit. To give more context of the foundry, I've quoted the brochure I picked...

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  • Goat cheese farms!

    It's easy to get off the beaten track in Normandy, and if you're a fan of cheese, then you'll be pleased to know the little visited country roads may provide you with some local secrets, such as little farms that produce fromage de chevre (goat's cheese).One afternoon we went to a goat cheese farm which I believe was called "La Petite Moyonaise". I...

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  • Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    The Mont-Saint-Michel is only an isolated rock lost in the sea. But one with a mythical attraction. The abbey, built on the rock welcomes thousands of tourists every day.Narrow streets, steep stairs, little shops, museums and then of course the medieval abbey itself... No one can remain unmoved by the inspiration of this place and the magical...

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  • Gatteville-le-Phare

    Gatteville-le-Phare is a small village at the very North-East of the paeninsula of Cotentin, not far from Barfleur and Saint-Pierre-Eglise. Its only attraction is the lighthouse; in fact, "le Phare" means "the Lighthouse". You can see more photos of it in my Gatteville page.

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  • Cerisy-la-Forêt

    The abbey of Cerisy-la-Forêt lies in the forêt de Cerisy (close to Balleroy) and was founded in the 6th century and rebuilt in 1032 in Romanesque style and with a Latin-cross plan, i.e. with a transept that divide the nave into two parts of different length (like the cross where Jesus was crucified).The church of the abbey was rebuilt in the 14th...

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  • Belle Ville

    The ancient town of Gerberoy has the prestigious honour of being in the top 100 most beautiful villages in France. Gerberoy was given its in the middle ages and means "town of the pink /roses" As far back as 57BC there was a Roman settlement on the site which is now Gerberoy. For centuries Gerberoy was faught over by the French and English, because...

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  • Le Molay Vittery

    We only ventured in the to the small town of Le Molay Vittery to find an ATM (and boulangerie of course! (~_~) ) as we were staying in a nearby village, by chance it was a Thursday which was the local market day. French markets are wonderful, such a great atmosphere, people from the out lying village still come together to meet for them. Check out...

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  • oh, that feeling of claustrophobia!

    When you are tramping across the fields above Omaha Beach, you'll notice the occasional pits which were caused when those WWII bombs met the earth. You will also see a few of these old bunkers, formerly occupied by the Bad Guys. Entre. There's no one else down here now but ghosts.

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Basse-Normandie Hotels

  • Relais Du Roy

    BP 8 Route Du Mont St Michel, Mont-St-Michel, F - 50170, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 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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  • Hotel de France

    I stayed for 2 nights and was very happy with this hotel. It was 84 euro for room and breakfast....

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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

  • La Cremaillere-Le Gytan

    Not our first choice which was fully booked. Stayed here 2 nights June 2015. Our arrival in...

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