Normandy, travel and what to see in the region of France
Region of northern France, Normandy overlooking the English Channel, its territory extends from east to west, from the western edge of the Paris Basin to Britain, named by the Normans who arrived there in the ninth century AD.
From the administrative point of view the region is divided into Lower Normandy with capital Caen, Rouen and Upper Normandy with capital. The interior landscape of this region is characterized by undulating terrain formed by cultivated fields bordered by hedges, rich fruit trees and meadows used for grazing, which give way to small villages scattered, as well as open and fertile rolling plains. On the coast cliffs follow one another dizzying height and low sandy beaches, facing the sea regulated by the spectacular phenomenon of low and high tide.
Things to do in Normandy
These coasts are tied, from a historical perspective, the large landing of allied forces took place at dawn on June 6, 1944, during the Second World War, and is moving to find, in the most important places where the battle, this important event, numerous testimonies who remember him. We report the beach Omaha Beach, the village of Arromanches and that of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. At Colleville-sur-Mer on the beach called Omaha Beach, are the remains of German fortifications, and monuments dedicated to the event.
Overhanging on it relaxes the immense and impressive American cemetery, a place that invites reflection. Arromanches you can visit the remains of the artificial port, the museum and a small cinema you can watch a screening of a film era of World War II, with an overview of places and local events. Sainte Mère Église, one of the first cities to be released, is known for the story of the American paratrooper who was caught on the steeple of the church, and pretended to be dead before being rescued by his companions. On the bell tower there is a dummy that recalls this fact. Even in this small town is a museum. Near the above mentioned beaches is Caen.
– Caen was largely destroyed during the Second World War and then rebuilt. Many monuments were restored and, although many churches were few walls, the city retains a significant architectural heritage. Among the monuments noteworthy examples are the Abbaye aux Hommes (Abbey of men), built by William the Conqueror in the eleventh century, which he built the Castle. The Abbaye aux Dames (Abbey of women), built between 1060 and 1080 by Queen Matilda. The Mémorial pour la Paix, museum and cultural center dedicated to international peace.
– Among the beautiful places to visit in Normandy are very popular the Cote d’Albatre that extends for about 100 km from Dieppe to Etretat, known for its wonderful landscape characterized by high white cliffs overlooking the sea and narrow pebble beaches polished, scenarios of inspiration for great artists. In Mont Saint-Michel, the village perched on a rocky island, there is a marvelous architectural complex, built between centuries XI-XVI, which was followed by restoration at later dates. The beautiful Benedictine Abbey dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel and the village arose in its shade, dominate un’immesa expanse of sand and water exposed to atmospheric tides.
The site is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Honfleur, a small harbor and a picturesque seaside town, with narrow streets and old houses characteristics. Bayeux, the city is famous for the extraordinary tapestry, also known as the tapestry of Queen Matilda. It ‘an embroidery of 70 meters in length built in the eleventh century, celebrating the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy. The canvas was probably embroidered by monks in the south of England after the Battle of Hastings took place October 14, 1066.
Rouen, famous for its cathedral, is situated near the place where Joan of Arc was burned to death May 30, 1431. Notre-Dame de Rouen is one of the largest and most beautiful French Gothic churches. The famous impressionist painter Claude Monet, represented a facade of this cathedral at different times of the day, making a series of paintings. About Monet, in the town of Giverny is the house with the gardens where he lived and died Claude Monet, 1883-1926.