Spend a Week in Normandy and visit the D -Day Beaches.

 

 A Week in Normandy, with its Stunning rural locations and history.

 

We have just spent a glorious Week in Normandy and have been to Lots of museums restaurants and beautiful sites. There really is so much to do in the La Manche region of Normandy. Im sure once you have visited you will want to return

This region also happens to be the home to one of the top most visited places in France, Le Mont Saint Michel.

The stunning Mont Saint Michel is a whole village and commune standing on one rock. Being one of the worlds Unesco sights it really was first on the list to visit. You can easily spend a morning afternoon or a day here and get lost.

 

 

Our next day we took a trip to Granville where we attended a art exhibition, the artists of Granville. Allan Stephens was showcasing his work on his paintings of Normandy.

Picorette was next on the list for one of their famous Strawberry Pavlovas, simply irresistible.

Last but not least a meander through the gardens of the Cristian Dior museum. A glimpse in the world of Christian Dior, his inspirations and his family home.

 

Le mont Saint Michel, Normandy Visit the Picorette Granville restaurant

A week in Normandy the Christian Dior Museum Granville

Visit the D-Day Landing Beaches

One of the most important things I wanted to explore this time was the D Day landing sites. Normandy honours many war veterans from all over the world. There are museums, cemeteries, bomb sites and memorials dotted all along the coast. It is hard to believe this beautiful region was once the site of so many atrocities in the second world war. Because of this Normandy is one of the best places to visit to remember the lost and learn the history of the d day landings.

My grandad Bob arrived in Normandy on the Mulberry harbour of Gold Beach. We wanted to get an insight in to what went on here in 2nd world war. The best place to start was one of the largest War memorial cemeteries, The american cemetery of Colleville-Sur-Mer. Followed by the Museum of disembarkation, which left us with some sobering thoughts.

 

A week in Normandy Colleville-Sur-Mer American war cemetery

A week in Normandy Mulberry Harbour Arromanche

 

The Pointe Du Hoc and the Maisy Battery are not far from each other and easily doable in a day so they were next on our list. To explore bunkers and craters is exciting for the kids but at the same time you can not help but be reminded by why they are actually there. Both  near Grandcamp-Maisy it makes for a lovely day out with cafes and restaurants in the town too.

 

A week in Normandy Pointe Du Hoc

A week in Normandy Maisy Battery trenches

 

Thursday called for a break day we had done so much already.

A walk in our pretty little town of Villedieu le Poeles for a crepe and a spot of shopping was really refreshing. It is so pretty here, it is well known for its bell foundry and its making of copper pots hence the name Village of the frying pans.

 

A week in Normandy Villedieu les poeles lace museum

The 6th Airborne Division on D-Day

I had already explored my grandads side of the war so I was interested to see what my uncle Albert got up to. As a parachutist in the 6th airborne division he came in to Normandy in the early hours of D Day.

The Caen memorial is the perfect place to go to see just about everything there is to know about the war so the best place to start. It takes at least 4 hours to visit it properly and see all what this place has to offer.

I had to fit in the Pegasus memorial Museum as this was where the parachutists where heading. Pegasus Bridges has lots of history but also a few cafes to stop and really take in this little town. Whether my uncle made it or not too Pegasus bridge I do not know, but he did survive the war and had a few stories to tell.

 

A week in Normandy Caen memorial large gun sculpture

A week in Normandy Pegasus memorial bridge 6th airborne division

With still a few bits left to do before we go home I do not want to leave.

I could spend hours wandering the streets of these quaint villages. Sit in cafes drinking coffee and eating pastries. How can you ever tire of the relaxing feel of France.

I will be back soon and filing you in on what we found on our little week in Normandy.

D x

A week in La Manche Normandy

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. August 22, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Lovely post with stunning pics! I drove through Manche just a week ago on my way back to Ouistreham and visited the area 35 years ago…. I expect a lot has changed since then. What a powerful piece of symbolism the gun is. I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments on France.

  2. August 30, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    This is such a lovely post and I love your photographs. There seems so much to do in Normandy. The war memorials are really fascinating and Villedieu le Poeles looks so pretty. It is somewhere we really want to visit next year!.

    • August 30, 2017 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks katy, I’m writing a few posts on it now. There is so much to do I’ve been going for so long think we have done quite a bit already lol x

  3. August 31, 2017 / 9:28 am

    This is an area of France that I really want to explore some more. The combination of remembering the war heroes and exploring the quaint villages sounds perfect to me

    • September 2, 2017 / 9:43 am

      I love all the quaint building too x

  4. September 3, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Normandy is such a beautiful part of the world, with such an important history too. Looks like you had a great week, and packed so much in.

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