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).

Calvados, Where Rotting Apples Have a Good Name

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

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.
Cover of Ian Patrick's Portraits: Anonymous Heroes

D-Day Revisited: Ian Patrick’s “Anonymous Heroes”

On the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944, France Revisited honors veterans and the fallen through the work of American photographer Ian Patrick.

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.

Dreams of Romance on Normandy’s Flowered Coast from Cabourg to Deauville. Part 1 of...

Part 1 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.

A cheese picnic near Utah Beach

What's the best way to get to known four famous Norman cheeses—Camembert de Normandie, Livarot, Neufchatel, and Pont-l’Eveque? A cheese picnic. And if you're in...

D-Day Revisited: The Airborne Museum’s Disturbing Glorification of Ronald Reagan

Two films are shown at the Airborne Museum in Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy. One of them is among the better introductory films to a visit to the Landing Zone. The other, a film glorifying Ronald Reagan, is undoubtedly the worst. An editorial explaining why the latter should be taken down.

D-Day and American War Memories in France: A Travel Conversation

June 6, 2015—On the eve of the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy, Dan Schlossberg of Travel Itch Radio invited France Revisited's editor Gary Lee Kraut on the show to discuss D-Day and other American War Memories in France.

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.

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