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Normandie Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Normandie vacation


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The Bayeux Tapestry 5 stars
The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman Invasion of England in the form of a huge tapestry that was created to drape the halls of the Bayeux Cathedral. As you enter the building that houses it, you are greeted with a facsimile of the tapestry, many meters long, that gives a detailed explanation, in English and French. Next you view a film that recaps the story and prepares you for the viewing of the real thing. The real tapestry is a masterpiece of medieval art and storytelling. In fifty vignettes stitched into this huge piece of cloth, the entire story of the Norman Conquest is laid out in a pictorial form that requires no text to understand it.

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Arromanches 5 stars
Not far from Bayeux, on the Normandy coast, is Arromanches. This small town is quiet, has several good restaurants, but most importantly has one of the nicest beaches to be found in the region. At low tide, the beach, which is all yellow sand, goes out for at least 500 yards, and you can walk for miles in either direction along the shore. It is an ideal place for swimming, sunbathing, or just strolling along the water’s edge. Arromanches was involved in the D-Day landing during World War II, and there is a moving tribute to the invasion to be seen at a 360 degree theatre that is located on a hill overlooking the beach. A good time to visit is early September. It is less crowded, the weather is usually still good, and the water is warm from the summer sun.


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