Normandy is a region of France that features many historic landmarks. Its coastline was used as the D-day landing beaches during the Battle of Normandy. The memories of the said battle are to be experienced in the museums, cemeteries, and monuments that serve as living reminders of its history.
The town of Bayeux, which is built around the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, houses the Bayeux tapestry. This is an intricately embroidered cloth that depicts scenes from the expedition of William the Conqueror to England in the 11th century.
Giverny, a village on the banks of the River Seine, was the home of the famous French impressionist painter Claude Monet. Tourists can see the house and garden of Monet, which served as inspiration for his paintings. The American Art Museum of Giverny is also to be found in this location.
The Abbey of Mont-St-Michel is the second most visited place in France after the Eiffel Tower. It is on a small island that is famous because of the great speed of its tides. It features gothic structures that date back to the 8th century. Other tourist attractions in Normandy include Rouen, Dieppe, Fecamp, Etretat, Trouville and Bagnole de L’Orne.
Tourists can reach Normandy by air, by sea, or by train. A visa must first be secured if you are travelling from a country outside of the EU. Beauvais Airport is an hour’s drive from Normandy. Train rides from Paris to Caen, Rouen or Le Havre are also available. You can also reach Normandy using the Brittany Ferries that have daily services from Portsmouth. Transmanche Ferries also provide links from New Haven to Le Havre and Dieppe.
This region, once stricken by war, now has lush green pastures, seaside towns, and cafes that most tourists will love and enjoy.