So you want to visit Normandy but only have a weekend? That’s ok, I’m here to ease the worry and the stress. Normandy is a beautiful area in the North West of France that has a ton to offer. Everything, from historical sites, cathedrals, art, museums and the list keeps going. Its the kind of place that will leave you yearning for more. I know you’ll want to see everything, but I think the best strategy for taking in a place is to take your time and not rush through anything. Here are a few tips and spots that you should consider taking advantage of to make your trip to Normandy the best it can be. See what you can fit in, and whatever you don’t you can always go back for round two!
First things first, it is important to start every trip off right. The way to do that is take the best possible
measure of travel to your destination. In this case, the best thing to do is hop a Ferry to Caen. This will give you the sites of the beautiful English channel as you cruise into the Port of Caen.
Sites Inside of Caen
In the center of the city is a castle that you can visit that was built by William the Conqueror around the year 1060. The moat that he built to protect the castle is still there, although it is dry. I guess that takes away the purpose a bit, doesn’t it?
In Caen, you can also visit the Abbaye-aux-Dames (Women’s Abbey) and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Men’s Abbey). Both Abbey’s are gorgeous works of Romanesque architecture and offer tours to visitors.
No trip to Normandy is complete without visiting the D-Day Beaches. This is an unforgettable experience that you won’t ever forget. The 50 mile span of beach is composed of five beaches which all have their individual charm. Getting to the entire beach and all it has to offer can be a long process that can fill a weekend in itself, so if a weekend is all you have, you may want to pick and choose what you want to see. A fan favorite is the Museum of Peace in Caen. Another museum that you can visit are the Musee du Debarquement which commemorates the battle of Normandy.
Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial
This is the largest American cemetery in Europe. While there, you will see the graves of 9,387 American soldiers and the Garden of the Missing, which is a memorial for 1,557 soldiers whose remains were never found. There is a visitors center where you can see presentations about the reclamation of the D-Day beaches by allied forces.
Take a Trip Out to Giverny
The biggest attraction to see in Giverny is the House and Garden of Claude Monet. He may be the most well known impressionist of all time and the house that he lived in for just about his entire life is preserved and in good shape in Giverny. In his garden you will be able to see what inspired him to make some of his most popular paintings. While in Giverny, you can also visit the Museum of Impressionist, the American Museum of Art, and the Giveny Church. These are all great sites that every traveler will cherish.
This is enough to get you through your weekend in Normandy, enjoy!