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Pays d'Auge, fortified farms in Le Bessin, prestigious abbeys, Renaissance
chateaus and medieval fortresses, churches and cathedrals: the towns
and landscape of Calvados are a perfect balance of art and history.
great for every season.
At the heart of Normandy, Deauville is an internationally renowned
seaside resort and a symbol of elegance and style. It has retained
the charm of a holiday town. Open all year round and only two hours
from Paris, Deauvill is host to many leisure, sports and cultural
The privileged location of Honfleur,
on the border of the Pays d'Auge and the Côte Fleurie, make
it a great place to stay any time of the year.
This little maritime town has charmingly picturesque roads and old
houses, in a 37-hectare area that was declared historic in 1974.
It is a fishing port,
a port of trade and a marina and the town has retained and enhanced
its rich historical and artistic heritage.
of a world renowned region, Lower Normandy, town centre in an urban
area of nearly 250,000 inhabitants and the historical city of William
the Conqueror, Cane is a metropolis and looking over the Channel,
it is a promising destination for discovery and seduction. Between
the land and the sea and less than two hours from Paris, facing
southern England, the town's location was ideal for rising to many
different challenges. It is a trading port and a marina, a port
of call for every adventure and for every project.
With its exceptionally rich history, Caen is the ideal place for
cultural tourism. The
Chateau de Guillaume, the
the Abbaye-aux-Dames are some of the most remarkable pieces
of Norman architecture. The collections and exhibitions at the Museum
of Beaux-Arts and the Museum
of Normandy, as well as the great variety of shows and concerts
provide for a cultural season that many other towns envy.
The Peace Memorial, with over seven million visitors since its opening
day, is a must-see for tourists.
THE LANDING BEACHES
places bear a heavy history. Today, they are a place for promenade
When the veterans are no longer with us, we will only have these
places to remind us what happened in June
The entire Norman coast was a witness to this gigantic assault that
would free France from several years of German occupation.
The famous D-day
seems even today to be a mad mission. A massive loss of human life
on the Normandyy beaches and the sea which turned red under a sky
the colour of sadness.
UTAH AND OMAHA BEACH
sadly famous beaches, very near each other. There is no clue today
Beach was one of the most deadly of all the Normandy beaches.
Alas, there are many military cemeteries there to remind us (Colleville
American cemetery, Bayeux English cemetery, La Cambe German cemetery...).
White crosses as far as the eye can see. We are pleased when the
sky turns blue and the sun warms these tombs and that today, people
come to pay homage for the thousands who were saved by the actions
of these soldiers departed.
The best way to begin a visit of these beaches is to stop first
at the Caen Memorial.
north of Caen, the "Windmill
Route" stretches between the Valleys of La Seulles, La
Mue and La Thue, reaching in to the canton of Creully, between Caen
and Courseulles sur Mer. This itinerary goes through the beautiful
green countryside of Le Bessin, close to the landing beaches and
the Côte de Nacre.
Le Hoc promontory