Normandy. For every Frenchman, this province is connected with the sea, idyllic village landscapes and rich history. If you want to feel the beauty of Normandy, look at the canvases of Corot, Pissarro and Claude Monet. It was Normandy who inspired their work, and you will now see the famous lilies from the paintings of Claude Monet in the pond near the artist’s house in Giverny. Thanks to Monet, the whole world learned about this small French village, where crowds of tourists from all over the world are now flocking, starting their acquaintance with the culture of France and Normandy. You can follow suit and are unlikely to be disappointed. From Giverny, you can continue on to Rouen by driving along the road to Les Andelys to the ruins of Chateau Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Feel the breath of that time, and, continuing the path, you will soon find yourself in Rouen. This city will remind you of Joan of Arc – it was here, on the market square of this city, it was burned in 1431. The place of her bonfire is lined with mosaic, and it is impossible not to notice it. Nearby is the Rouen Cathedral of Notre Dame, which is familiar to many from Monet’s paintings.
Near the coast is Honfleur, one of the most picturesque ports in France, which also attracted both tourists and artists – in the paintings of the impressionists you will recognize its harbor with white and blue yachts and fishing boats. Visit the Church of St. Katerina, walk along Honfleur’s embankment, visit the numerous private galleries, take a walk in the city garden, where a monument to our beloved literary heroine of the 19th century – Mumu, is installed (oddly enough, this is true).
Near Le Havre and Honfleur you can visit Etretat, a small town famous for its cliffs – thousands of tourists come here to relax – play golf, take a walk along the rocky coast, take pictures against the cliffs and enjoy the freshest cuisine from the seafood that smells of the sea and freshness. Just while walking along the coast, do not forget to see the schedule of ebbs and flows of the tide that day, otherwise the tide may catch you by surprise in the middle of the way back …
Further down the coast is the famous Deauville resort, famous for its casino, reminiscent of an entertainment center for adults more than a classic casino, as well as horse racing and golf courses. More than 40 Normandy 3 golf courses are located in Deauville. Sports in Deauville – it is also more than two dozen tennis courts, skateboards, yacht clubs, diving – all for a healthy lifestyle.
One of the most attractive sights of Normandy is the road of Norman cheeses, famous all over the world – Camembert, livaro, pon-left – all these names you can easily find on the map, because these are the names of small villages and cities in which these cheeses are produced.
Etretat. Cliff view
All Norman cheese roads are in the region of Pays d’Auge. By the way, do you know that not only wines, but also cheeses can be “vintage”? In France, on such cheeses you will find the inscription AOC, showing its noble origin. Cheese roads intersect with the same many roads of cider (apple sparkling champagne) and calvados (apple vodka). Books about the cuisine of Calvados are generally worth writing – these are fresh seafood (oysters, mussels, lobsters ..), fruits, strong and weak drinks, home-made foie gras sold by farmers at local markets, fresh vegetables in any season, fish … It is better to try once than hear a hundred times.
A house in Rouen From here the road leads us along the Seine to the Benedictine Abbey of Jumieges, or rather, to its ruins. This monastery was founded by Saint Philibert in the 7th century. After visiting Jumiège, continue on to Caen, where the interesting World Museum dedicated to the Second World War is located. As you know, the history of Normandy is closely connected with this war, and it is here that several military cemeteries are located, including the American one. In addition to this museum, the name of the city is associated with William the Conqueror and his wife Matilda. It was he who founded the male abbey Abbaye aux Hommes here, and his female wife – Abbaye aux Dames.
Our path lies west to Bayeux, a well-preserved medieval city whose main attraction is the famous tapestry, put on public display in a building specially built for it, which is opposite the Notre Dame Cathedral in Bayeux. It is said that Queen Matilda and her court ladies wove this tapestry, it is 231 feet long and two feet high, dedicated to the scenes of the conquest of Britain by Matilda’s husband, William the Conqueror, in 1066.
Let’s go down to the coast again, there are the piers of Omaha and Utah, where the Americans landed on June 6, 1944, as well as the beaches where the British and Canadian forces landed. It is here in Colleville-sur-Mer that the American military cemetery is located.