The Sweet Taste of D-Day

From Pegasus Bridge to Utah Beach, the Landing Zone of Normandy is prime territory for D-Day merchandising, but I’d imagine that very little, if any, of it is actually made in Normandy. So I was a bit wary when saw a jar of “D-Day Honey” for sale this summer at Bernard Lebrec’s apple farm between Pointe du Hoc and the American Cemetery.

Beyond D-Day: Falaise, Normandy Examines the Fate of Civilians in Wartime

Of the 20,000 Normans who died as a direct result of WWII, the majority were killed by Allied bombardments. The effect of war on civilian populations is now the subject of a museum in Falaise, birthplace of William the Conqueror and site, with its surroundings, of the final combat of the Battle of Normandy 1944.

Advice and Itineraries for Visiting the D-Day Landing Zone of Normandy

Reaping the personal rewards of visiting the D-Day Landing Zone and surrounding area of Normandy, whether on a guided D-Day tour or on your...

Sea views from the Grand Hotel de Cabourg, Normandy

Normandy's Flowered coast has much to offer in terms of fine hotels and recommendable restaurants. But the fit traveler also needs some exercise, the occasion for some expansive sea views.

Calvados, Where Rotting Apples Have a Good Name

An introduction to the alcoholic apple-based beverages cidre (hard cider) and calvados produced in Normandy.

Editor Takes France Revisited On the Road in the U.S.

The editor's winter Jan.-Feb. 2014 East Coast U.S. lecture tour including talks on war touring, wine touring and "patrimoine" in France.

Must-Tastes of the Normandy Landing Zone: 4 Norman Cheeses

Though your primary interest in visiting Lower Normandy may be the Landing Beaches and various sights of the Invasion of Normandy 1944, it’s the...

Near Paris: The Giverny – La Roche-Guyon Daytrip Combo

How and why to combine a visit to Monet's House and Gardens at Giverny with a visit to the chateau of La Roche Guyon, whether on a daytrip from Paris or a longer excursion to Normandy.
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War Stories: Dawn in the Normandy Landing Zone

I was worken by the rain at 6:30 a.m.. Except that it wasn't the raind; it was water drizzling into the room from the ceiling. In a moment of verteran-like panic I had a flashback to one year ago when...

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