Just a few of the many great attractions Normandy has to offer….
Beautiful Honfleur has been one of France’s principals ports for a thousand years, positioned at the mouth of the river Seine. However it wasn’t all roses back in the 19th Century accumulating mud left the harbour unusable for large ships and Le Havre on the far side of the Seine estuary took its place.
Now Honfleur has been spared further growth and development and remains preserved as a medieval ensemble and a truly beautiful place to visit.
The composer Erik Satie and impressionist painter Eugene Boudin were born in Honfleur and both have museums in memory of them , also a must see.
D-Day Landing beaches
Over 70 years have passed since D-Day. The D-Day beaches are in the Calvados part of Normandy. They were named landing beaches as they were the landing places for the Allied invasion of western Europe during World War II. Visitors have been flocking to see the battle fields, cemeteries and memorials for many years. An excellent time to visit would be the 6TH of June anniversary. Many memorial ceremonies take place to mark the occasion.
Thousand year old Bayeux is one of Normandy’s most enchanting and engaging small towns.
Somehow undamaged during the Allied invasion despite it being in such close proximity to the Landing Beaches, Bayeux is definitely an amazing place to visit. The small town is dominated by a beautiful Romanesque cathedral and it has a real homely feel to it. The main attraction is of course the quite impressive Bayeux Tapestry which was commissioned for the inauguration of the cathedral in 1077. The main theme of the Tapestry is the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England.
A huge amount of detail has been included despite its age the Bayeux Tapestry still looks as good as new, definitely a beautiful little town to visit in Normandy and a viewing of the medieval world through the wonderful Tapestry is a must.
A beautiful calm tranquil riverside village in Normandy, Giverny is made up of honouring the memory of Claude Monet. Monet spent his final 43 years here until his death in 1926. You can view the artist’s home pretty much how it was left.
Giverny is just shy of 50 miles from Paris and is regularly visited by day trippers in the high season. The gardens are beautifully kept in colour, a perfect garden to paint and definitely on the list of places to visit.