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Normandy

Normandy is situated in the north-west of France, its northern coasts are boarded by the English Channel. The pure sea breeze, the rural charm of the hinterland, the urban flair of Rouen and Caen (cities of Art and History), and the great choice of historic monuments make it a charming destination with varied attractions. The typical Norman farmland is crisscrossed by hedges and trees; lush green meadows suddenly turn into imposing cliffs; rivers meander through the peaceful Seine valley up to the marshlands of Cotentin and Le Bessin. An absolute must-see highlight is the stunning Mont Saint-Michel surrounded by one of the world’s most beautiful bays. You will be spoilt for choice between the emblematic Chateau Gaillard, the impressing fortress of the Chateau de Carrouges, the Gothic Cathedral of Coutance, or the medieval town of Bayeux. Deauville and Trouville are among France’s most prestigious sea resorts, many of the seafront villas were built during the Belle Epoque; Bagnoles-de-l’Orne is famous for its hydrotherapic bathes. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Monet Gardens, the picturesque village of Honfleur was a great source of inspiration for the impressionist painters of the 19th century, while strolling along its picturesque port you can still soak up the artistic atmosphere! The cliff top path from Etretat to Fécamp via Yport (where you can stop for a bowl of mussels and a glass of cider) is an amazingly beautiful walk, the foot-paths are well-maintained and sign-posted. The D-Day landing beaches and the Memorial Museum of Caen commemorate the landing of the Allied Forces in June 1944.