The Normandy region in France is probably best known as the site of major World War II battles. Part of the German-occupied portion of France, the beaches and towns of Normandy experienced some of the worst fighting of the war, along with the most severe destruction and highest casualties. However, for the exploratory traveler, there’s more to Normandy than WWII sites and battlefields. If you’re looking for a unique and charming destination for a luxury travel adventure, give the Normandy region of France serious consideration.
All the Best of Normandy: Culture Abounds
Art enthusiasts will appreciate a tour of Impressionist Claude Monet’s house and gardens, located in the Normandy town of Giverny. While you’re there, tour the Museum of Impressionism and visit the Hotel Baudy, the hangout for local artists of the time, including Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne. You may also want to visit Monet’s gravesite in Giverny.
While you’re in the area, stop and see the Bayeux Tapestry, an ancient storybook on cloth dating back to 1066. This tapestry tells the story of the conquest of England by the Duke of Normandy, depicted in stitched images. It’s a one-of-kind artifact not to be missed.
Discover Small Town Charm
Normandy comprises quaint little towns filled with local charm. Wander down cobblestone streets, enjoy quiet moments in ancient stone cathedrals, and dine on some of the finest regional cuisine in towns like Saint-Malo and Honfleur. In Rouen, the medieval capital of Normandy, delight in a tour of Notre Dame, take a walking tour of the city, and explore the medieval quarter, which was nearly destroyed during World War II. Surrounded by history, you’ll be awed and inspired by what you see.
Explore Normandy’s Beaches
No journey to Normandy would be complete without visiting Normandy’s beaches. The most familiar is Omaha Beach, but four other beaches were key to the Allies’ D-Day strike: Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Wander the beaches, go inside German bunkers, and walk through craters left by the D-Day bombings. A visit to the Normandy American Cemetery may also be in order. Perched on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach, it brings home the magnitude of the event.
Normandy is known for other beaches, too. Northeast of Rouen, you’ll find Etretat with its stunningly carved white cliffs highlighted by ultramarine waters. From Etretat, you’ll have a view across the bay to the Aval arch. Be prepared to take pictures. This gorgeous scenery has inspired many Impressionist painters.
Escape on a Lugos Travel Luxury Vacation to France
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