Amiens cathedral

Amiens – Introduction

Amiens is a strange city when you look at it. It’s pretty, pleasant even, but you don’t see that many tourists like in other big French cities (like Bordeaux, Marseille or Lyon) . With its 150,000 inhabitants, Amiens is the 28th largest city of the country, but when you ask people what they know of …

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Watermill in Bayeux city centre

Bayeux – Introduction

Bayeux, famous for its enormous tapestry, is a city relatively unscathed by WWII. So it’s pretty old looking with many old houses and small streets. It also has several monuments and cemeteries dedicated to WWII.

St. Etienne-Le-Vieux church in Caen

Caen – Some Of The Churches

Caen is also known as the “city of 100 church bells” and as the name says, there are a lot of churches, abbeys and monasteries in this former royal city. William the Conqueror, who lived and reigned here, had several built (and the enormous fortress/castle). Before WWII there were some 40 churches in the city, but …

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Castle/Fortress (Chateau Ducal) of Caen

Caen – The Fortress/Castle

[info_message style=”info” animation=”scale-up” animation_delay=”800″]Built: 1060Status: PublicVisitable?: Yes, partially free, partially for a small feeNotable: Built by William the Conqueror[/info_message] The fortress and castle of Caen (known as the “Chateau Ducal”, the Duke’s Castle) was ordered to be built by William the Conqueror, together with two Abbeys (one for men, the other for women – click here for …

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Camaret-sur-Mer – Tips

Transport Getting there The railroads do not come to Camaret-sur-Mer anymore. The closest railway stations are Brest and Quimper (both about an hour drive, bus services are available). Air: Camaret-sur-Mer does not have an airport, but there are two airports serving international flights closeby. One is the airport of Brest (about 1 hour car drive), …

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Chateau (Castle) of Cany-Barville

Cany-Barville Castle

[info_message style=”info” animation=”scale-up” animation_delay=”800″]Built: 1640Status: PrivateVisitable?: Yes during summer[/info_message] One of two active castles in the town of Cany-Barville (a rich traders village in Upper Normandy), the Louis XIII style castle of Cany is magnificent. The main building has 1300 square metres (14,000 square feet) of living space divided over 4 floors. Currently owned by a Count, the …

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View of Dieppe's church taken from the castle

Dieppe – Introduction

Dieppe, a fishing city with a big and intact castle/fortress, one of France’s oldest golf links and a twice daily ferry to Newhaven, UK.


Dieppe – Tips

Transport Getting There Ferry: from Newhaven, UK, there are 2-3 daily return sailings. Within Dieppe Dieppe is rather small and mostly flat, so no transportation is needed. If you are in the city centre, you can walk up to the castle. If you have come via ferry, there is a shuttle bus that brings you …

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Dinard seaside promenade

Dinard – Introduction

Dinard in Brittany is a fantastic place to stay for a few days. The seaside promenade is an incredible walk, alongside a narrow winding pedestrian area, covering the beaches and rock formations. Dinard is located just a few kilometers from the more well known city of Saint Malo. They are divided by the “La Rance” …

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Etretat – Tips

Transport Getting There The only real way is by car/motorcycle and it will involve a bit of small road travel. There is a train service from Paris to Le Havre and from there you need to take a bus. TIP: If you are coming between April and September by car, come early and forget about …

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A view of Fecamp from the cliffs

Fecamp – Introduction

Fecamp is a small city that relied on its long distance fishing fleet. It is all the home of the famous Benedictine liqueur.

Trinity Abbey entrance in Fecamp

Fecamp – Trinity Abbey

The Trinity Abbey church in Fecamp is quite interesting. Building started in the year 659 and expanded over the centuries to become quite big church. The Fecamp City Hall is built against it, and across the road you’ll find the ruins of the Dukes of Normandy Castle.

The old harbour of Honfleur

Honfleur – Introduction

Honfleur is the 2nd most popular tourist destination in Normandy, and for good reason; Although it has become very touristic, it’s still a pleasant trip for sightseeing and food.

Saint-Anne monastery in Lannion, Brittany

Lannion – Introduction

Lannion in Brittany is one of those places that you can take or leave. When you walk around the city, you do see some nice things but there is something missing. It’s probably what the French call “je ne sais quoi“, a soul to the place. The city is well kept and clean, and the …

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Lannion – Tips

Transport Getting There Airport Lannion has an airport with regular flights to and from Paris Orly airport. Ferry The closest ferry stops are in Cherbourg and St. Malo. Getting Around Lannion Although they have an adequate bus service, the inner city is quite small and can be walked from one side to the opposite within …

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Le Havre from the Jardins Suspendu

Le Havre – Introduction

Le Havre is a city that has been rebuilt completely after WWII with a particular and special style. It’s so unique that it was put on the United Nation UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Le Havre – Tips

Transport Getting there Ferry: From Southampton and Portsmouth direct to Le Havre, or from Newhaven to Dieppe and then the A29 to Le Havre. Click here to read more about the ferry station. Air: There is an airport, but there are no scheduled flights anymore, just charters. Within Le Havre Within Le Havre, there is …

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