Travel Inspiration: The Ageless Inspiration of Normandy
Normandy. What does the name conjure up? D-Day, of course, and American GIs hitting Omaha Beach. But the region’s history reaches much further back—to A.D. 708, when, in more peaceful times, an angel spoke to a bishop and asked that he build an oracle. And to 1066, when the Duke of Normandy set sail on the English Channel to earn his moniker, William the Conqueror.
During our 9-day Ageless Inspiration of Normandy itinerary, we explore Paris, Giverny, Rouen, Honfleur, Deauville, Caen, Bayeux, D-Day Beaches, Mont St. Michel, and Versailles.
In Giverny, we visit the home of the impressionist Claude Monet. The gardens here are magnificent and look as though they’ve grown out of a Monet canvas. Our next city, Rouen, is the historical capital of Normandy and where Joan of Arc is memorialized in the market square. In Honfleur, choose how to appreciate the birthplace of impressionism—by museum, church, or café. Arriving in Bayeux, we dig into the history and remains of the D-Day invasion, which began on 6 June 1944.
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