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Arromanches is a lively seaside town whose broad crescent of golden sand was one of the D-Day landing beaches dominated by the British troops. In June, 1944 a huge floating harbor was erected in a gigantic U in the bay. Designed by British engineers, the harbor was comprised of massiv... more

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Bayeux is a lovely old town where inviting shops and honey-colored stone houses line narrow streets. Saint Patrice square is filled with colorful market stalls on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. There has been a town on this site since Roman times: it was invaded by the Bretons, the ... more

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Recommended by Chateau de Blavou: This is a very pretty French Normandy fortified town with ramparts and stunning views over the Perche Nature Park. There are a good selection of shops including bakers, antique, and french produce. Twice a week there is an open air market selling ... more

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Bellou contains a large brown timbered manor house.... more

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Caen is a large port situated on the banks of the Orne and one of Normandy’s largest cities, lost nearly all of its 10,000 buildings in the Allied invasion of 1944. It is also the city that William the Conqueror made his seat of government. Your destination in Caen is the Memorial (... more

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Colleville sur Mer has a road that takes you out to the American Cemetery and an expansive 170-acre plot overlooking Omaha Beach. A dignified tribute to those who gave their lives in battle, 9,387 white crosses stand in perfect alignment on acreage that looks out to a backdrop of sand... more

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Crepon is an intimate town set inland from the beaches that, as so many of the towns affected by the D-Day landings, has a memorial standing proud at the village center.... more

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Deauville is a ritzy resort where row upon row of beach cabanas line the sands and well-heeled folks parade the streets. The casinos are a hub of activity, and if you visit in the late summer, you will experience the excitement and sophistication of a major summer playground for the r... more

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Fervaques is a picturesque village in a green valley. Drive past its château, a vast 16th century stone building, to the village with its timbered cottages set round a quiet square.... more

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Honfleur is a gem, its narrow, 17th-century harbor filled with tallmasted boats and lined with tall, slender, pastel-washed houses. Narrow cobbled streets lined with ancient timbered houses lead up from the harbor. Cafés and restaurants set up tables and umbrellas outside so that cus... more

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Lisieux is the Pays d’Auge region’s commercial center. If you are fortunate enough to arrive on Saturday, enjoy the town’s colorful farmers’ market where stalls offer everything from live chickens, vegetables, and cheese to underwear and shoes.... more

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Lisores has a little church, ivy-covered houses, and farms in the valley.... more

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Livarot is an attractive old town and home of the cheese that bears the same name.... more

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A country road from the village of Longues sur Mer dead-ends on the bluffs at an open-air museum where you can walk along a path that weaves through the wheatfields to abandoned gun emplacements, overlooking the stretch of coastline that the German artillery so fiercely guarded. Long... more

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Mont Saint Michel is France’s premier tourist attraction, and although it is wonderful, we think it best to warn our readers that in high season, the effort of pushing your way uphill through teeming crowds, past souvenir shops, to reach the abbey at the summit is not enjoyable. The... more

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Recommended by Chateau de Blavou: This is the largest town in the area and is the hub of all sorts of French cultural activity. There are numerous art galleries, restaurants, traditional French shops and lots of antiques. It is however small enough for everyone to know each other.... more

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Les Moutiers Hubert

Les Moutiers Hubert is a hamlet of farms along the road.... more

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The dramatic vantage point of Pointe du Hoc is a rugged stretch of coastline, pockmarked by bombs, on the ruins of the German fortifications. It is hard to comprehend the courage of the American soldiers who braved the cliffs and blindly stormed the enemy believing this was a strategi... more

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Tucked on an inlet, is the small, charming port and fishing village of Port en Bessin. Port en Bessin has a museum with a collection of remains found on the sunken warships.... more

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Saint Germain de Livet is a hamlet at the bottom of the valley. Here you see a picture-postcard timbered farm, a couple of cottages, a church, and the adorable 15th-century Château Saint Germain de Livet.... more

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This town hosts a museum just yards from the sand, Musée Omaha, which boasts a collection of vehicles, weapons, uniforms, and insignia found on the sandy battlefield. Both Omaha Beach and Utah Beach to the northwest are where the American army landed under the direction of General Br... more

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Saint Vaast la Hougue

Recommended by Manoir De Bellauney: Charmant Port de pêche d'où vous pourrez découvrir l'île de Tatihou , vous admirerez également les deux tours Vauban classées au patrimoine de l'UNESCO   GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Charming fishing port where you can explore the island Tatihou,... more

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Trouville

Trouville has set the pace on the Côte Fleurie since 1852. A stretch of water divides it from its very close neighbor, Deauville.... more

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Charming town at the heart of Normandy's dairy region with a lovely cathedral.... more

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