One of the most evocative and historic regions of France is the département of ?Normandie? or as we say in English, ?Normandy?.
This northern region of France has much to offer either in season or from autumn though to springtime. The countryside is sparsely wooded and interspersed with lush farmland, bustling market towns and historic cities. It?s dramatic 360 mile coastline, granite cliffs in the west and limestone cliffs in the east, boarders the English Channel and it is from here that William the conqueror came on his conquest of England in 1066AD. In the beautiful town of Bayeaux can be found, a truly historic and immense chronicle of that event known as the ?Bayeux tappestry?.
It was this region that also saw the largest military landing in history. It took place in Normandy on June 6, 1944 and sombre monuments, museums, bunkers and cemeteries cover the region.
Perched high on a 264-foot high rocky islet is the Abbey of Mont-St-Michel which is connected to the mainland by a causeway and is one of the most important sightseeing attractions of Europe and the second most visited place in France after the Eiffel Tower.
The region is renowned for its gastronomic delights from delicious cheeses, patisseries, ciders to calvados. It is also the home to that most fine of elixirs Benedictine housed in a beautiful gothic mansion.
A perfect base from which to tour the region is the tiny coastal town of Saint-Valéry- en-Caux. There?s a lovely hotel down by the harbour called, Hotel Henri IV and there are beautiful châteaux with tree lined entrances, ancient monasteries and marvellous restaurants within easy reach. Other places to visit include the charming harbour village of Honfleur and the glamorous resort town of Deauville, home to the rich and famous and across the Tougues river its twin town, the more sedate fishing village of Trouville. The towns both have wide sandy beaches and promenades.
Normandy is a charming region with something for everyone.