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).

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dreams of Romance on Normandy’s Flowered Coast from Cabourg to Deauville. Part 3 of...

Part 3 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.

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.

Professional Travel Therapy for You, Your Friends and Your Loved Ones

The perfect Paris and France travel gift for your friends and loved ones suffering from Paris-envy, Francophilia and a frequent desire to travel to France: Travel therapy with Gary Lee Kraut, editor of France Revisited.

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...

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