Normandy

Three of Western Europe's major invasions have as their backdrop the beaches, countryside, villages and towns of Normandy: the arrival of the Viking in the 9th century, the departure of William to conquer England in 1066, and the Allied Invasion of Normandy that landed by air and by sea on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Add to that an invasion of sea bathers (Cabourg, Deauville and Etretat are among France's earliest seaside resorts) and of Impressionists (Monet's house and gardens in Giverny are just over the border from the Paris Region). The region’s history is as diverse as its landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes: the white cliffs along the Alabaster Coast, the regularity of Le Havre, the charms of Honfleur, the resort towns along the Flowered Coast, the D-Day Landing Zone, Mont-Saint-Michel, the farmland, apple orchards (calvados, hard cider) and cattle pastures (milk, cheese), old Rouen, reconstructed Caen and Le Havre, and the River Seine snaking through the region and flowing into the English Channel (la Manche, in French).

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.

Dreams of Romance on Normandy’s Flowered Coast from Cabourg to Deauville, Part 2 of...

Part 2 of a three-part investigation into potentially romantic hotels on the Flowered Coast of Normandy, featuring the Grand Hotel in Cabourg, Les Manoirs de Tourgéville near Deauville, the Royal and Normandy Barriere Hotels in Deauville, several less luxurious hotels in the area and recommendable restaurants.

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...

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.

Calvados, Where Rotting Apples Have a Good Name

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

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.

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...

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.
D-Day war touring Normandy

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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