"La Belle France" France by Andrew_W_K

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Normandy

The thing I love about Normandy is how rural it is generally yet still within a stones throw of Paris and other major cities. I love Normandy in late summer when the apple trees are full of fruit and the light has a certain hazy quality. There are loads of places to go and things to do as well. From Mont St Michel in the south - one of the most iconic sights in all of France to the magnificence of Rouen with its churches and cathedrals.
The museum of peace in Caen is one of the best and most moving museums I have ever visited - take the spiral descent into 20th century events until you arrive at the rise of the third riech and you will be chilled to the bone.
The beaches are family oriented and some are vast like the one at Caranten.
The half timbered cottages that abound are more reminiscent of Herefordshire than France and are a delight in themselves.
There is a corniche road that follows the coast and brings you to the town of Honfleur - with one of the prettiest harbours anywhere.
Also worth the trip are the D-day beaches and cemetaries - another chilling reminder of events that took place in the fight against the Nazis.
Close to the D-day beaches is the town of Bayeaux where there is a fantastic cathedral and the famous tapestry.
Like I said at the start - loads of things to do and places to see.

Churches

France has more than its fair share of grand cathedrals - world famous structures that are instantly recognisable. From Notre Dame to Chartres to Rouen etc. With all these fabulous buildings its easy to overlook the smaller churches that abound in France. And although they aren't nearly as pretty as the Byzantine churches of Greece they are nonetheless worthy of note.

Poitou - Charente

Another region worth visiting for its diverse sights. Roman remains in the town of Saintes, Futurescope near Poitiers, the classy town of La Rochelle, the Ille D'Oleron and Ille De Re, Napoleonic forts at Fouras and the world famous Fort Boyard, fantastic beaches along the Gironde and pretty little village of Talmont sur Gironde. Also the town of Cognac where you can visit the most famous distilleries in the world. You need a car though as its a big region and public transport won't get you to all these places easily.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Diversity
  • Cons:It's not cheap
  • In a nutshell:One of the most picturesque countries in Europe
  • Last visit to France: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 4, 2008
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  • Homanded's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    OY, France..brings back childhood memories. I ate french fries once and saw my sweet mum drop them in the oil. Whenever a girl passes by i think I need a hamburger. What childhood memorie brings you to tears? -- Author unknown

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    I can understand that it is easy to mistake between inner Paris metro tickets and RER tickets. Sorry for that!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Hello, Andrew! Thanks for your interesting story and nice pictures! ><><

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    oh france!!! yearn!!!!

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    FAB photo of the beach.....we are going this Spring to France again; hope to get to Normandy.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Very good page on the Normandy Beaches.

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