A Normandy Road Trip

What is Normandy most known for? If you ask an American, he or she will likely say D-Day, the decisive battle of World War II. But if you ask the French or other Europeans, in addition to D-Day, they may tell you horse racing or cheese. Surprised? How about apples? Normandy is the leading apple region in France, with 800 varieties and many products made from them. Some of these products are Calvados (apple brandy) and cidre, a beverage traditionally…

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10 Day Trips Under Two Hours from Paris

You’re visiting Paris for a week or more. But wouldn’t it be nice to take a day trip elsewhere to get a different flavor? Here are some towns you can get to in two hours or less to enjoy a day trip from Paris that offers a different slice of this wonderfully varied country! Amiens In Amiens, you’ll see the 13th-century Cathedral Notre Dame, the largest Gothic cathedral in France. It is one of the main attractions of Amiens. Then…

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Rouen: Gateway to Normandy

If you are heading north from Paris to Normandy, you shouldn’t miss the historic and charming city of Rouen (pronounced Roo-on, with a nasal n.) This mid-sized town sits on the Seine River. Rouen is crisscrossed with medieval streets, dotted with half-timbered houses, and bulging with history and art. By car, you pass it on your way to the D-Day beaches or Normandy beach towns, Le Mont Saint Michel or as you head over to northern Brittany. By train, you can…

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