The Normandy coastal region offers an astonishing variety of landscapes.
While many people will head for the lively Normandy coast, the Norman
countryside, with its golden prairies, its cool, wooded valleys and its
beech and pine forests, remains a haven of peace and tranquility.
Our little villages, leafy lanes and clear streams are the ideal setting
in which to relax and rediscover the joys of nature.
Despite its historic past, rural Normandy gives the visitor the impression
that time is standing still.........
of the 1944 D-Day landings, home to the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry and
producer of the fiery apple brandy known as Calvados, the historic northern
region of Normandy is a perfect location for a holiday. Offering a magnificent
coastline, interesting towns and villages and the truly spectacular Mont
Saint Michel, Normandy is universally appealing.
The city of Rouen is the capital of the region.
The old part of town was heavily destroyed in World War II but has since
been carefully restored. Visit the Place du Vieux Marche where Joan of
Arc was burned at the stake for heresy in 1431. Roeun’s Cathedrale
Notre Dame is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Built between
1200 and 1514, it fascinated the artist Claude Monet who made it the subject
of many of his paintings. Take a trip to the village of Giverny nearby
and visit the house where the artist lived from 1883 to 1926. He painted
some of his most famous works here. The old seaside resort of Dieppe is
well worth a visit, particularly for its dramatic location between two
limestone cliffs. Journey south from Dieppe to Etretat down the Cote d’Albatre
(Alabaster Coast), named after the towering white cliffs that line it.
Stop off in the picturesque seaside resorts of Honfleur, Deauville and
Trouville for a swim or to sample some local cuisine. Journey inland to
the famous town of Bayeux. The first French town to be liberated from
Nazi rule during World War II, it is home to the Bayeux Tapestry. Dating
from 1077, the tapestry tells the story of the dramatic Norman invasion
of 1066 in 58 remarkable panels. View this extraordinary piece of history
in the Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in the Centre Guillaume le Conquerant.
The town of Falaise is the fortified home of William The Conqueror, the
Normandy invaders of course are distant relatives of so many English people.
On 6 June 1944 - D-Day - 135,000 Allied troops stormed ashore on the beaches
of Normandy. This action was to effectively bring the war to an end with
the Allies going on to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation. The troops
came ashore along 80km of beach north of Bayeux. The fiercest fighting
took place at Omaha Beach - a stretch of coastline 15km north-west of
Bayeux. as you stroll along these now peaceful beaches, do try and imagine
what it must have been like to have been a soldier wading to shore on
that fateful morning.
Don't miss a visit to Mont St. Michel - a small quasi island in the west
of the region, separated by approximately one kilometre of sea from the
mainland at high tide. This tiny outcrop of rock sports a massive abbey
featuring a number of architectural styles.
It is topped by a copper statue of Michael the Archangel killing a dragon
and tailed by ancient ramparts and the houses of people who actually live
on the island. Try and see Mont St Michel at night when it is brilliantly
If you like French furniture, antiques and artifacts, keep an eye out
for Brocantes (Antique dealers) and "Depot Ventes"- these are
usually real "tunnels of rummage".......and well worth exploring
Wherever you travel in Normandy, your holiday
base here at Le Fournet will make your visit so very enjoyable.
Also - the automatic fuel pumps that operate
after hours in most of the garages and supermarkets such as LeClerq and
Champion will NOT accept UK credit cards
- However your UK bank cards will of course be welcome for manual payments
For your information, please bear in mind that Monday
in Normandy is for many businesses,an extension of "le weekend"
....... you won't find a bank open and many shops stay closed.