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Visiting Normandie, Any Tips?  
User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8227 posts, RR: 23
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

Hey everyone. A friend and I are planning to travel to France at the end of March to visit Normandie and the D-Day Beaches. I've got the plan to fly into CDG and take a train to Carentan or Caen, but after that I could use some advice. Is it relatively easy to travel around between places like Cherbourg and Caen? Has anyone been there and perhaps has recommendations on lodging, restaurants, etc?

Thanks, guys!


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User currently offlineZbrox From Sweden, joined Jan 2006, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

Aromanche is amazing (where they built the mulberry harbour). Great Museum. I suggest renting a car at CDG. Just by the highway and then its just a 1-2 hour drive I think. All highway. French highways are the best in Europe (sorry Germany, love the AB - but we all know what it's like driving there now). Rest places spotless clean, not too much traffic e t c.
The have tolls, but credit cards (Visa/MC) are accepted EVERYWHERE in france.
I never bring more than 100 Euro cash for emergencies.

Places to stay are everywhere and there are tiny restaurants in every village.
Just drive and enjoy.
Leave the Paris visit to the end of the trip. Drop your car of at CDG and take a bus or train in to town. Follow signs. Cost about 16 Euro/pax.

http://www.viamichelin.com

is a great routplanner with lots of useful ads links e tc.

Good Luck. Love that part of France. Love driving there just finding places.


User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

http://battlefieldsww2.50megs.com/normandy_battlefields_tourism.htm

http://www.d-daybeaches.com/

Might find some useful information on these sites.



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User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

You might want to walk the beach, pause to arrange some small stones in the shape of a cross in the sand, but be sure to have an aircraft carrier just offshore in the background and a press photographer to record your pain, as Clinton did. Sorry, that was immature and disrespectful.

Although I stayed not long enough to lodge, there are some very nice little eateries in Caen with good, inexpensive food and drink. The proprieters and guests were quite cordial during our visit and, although I don't know what the current atmosphere is like, I'd like to arrange a return someday in the future.

The above-noted websites will surely provide you with the info you seek, but remember that you'll probably have a better time getting off "the beaten path" and avoiding tourist-areas to meet local people and see things that you wouldn't ordinarily see. Hope you have a nice visit. Regards...jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineAgill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1010 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

Make a stop at the german cemetary there. It's an interesting contrast to the american (which you should visit too). Lots of other things to do but I guess thats a but out of the ordinary route there.

User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6793 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1487 times:

I haven't been yet, but it's near the top of my list.

I'm planning on seeing Pointe du Hoc as well...don't miss that part.


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8227 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

I hate to be another ignorant american tourist, but can I get away with going off the beaten path (which is the plan) and speaking very little french? I wish I could speak it but I only know english and german!


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User currently offline11Bravo From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1718 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Quoting N766UA (Reply 6):
I hate to be another ignorant american tourist, but can I get away with going off the beaten path (which is the plan) and speaking very little french? I wish I could speak it but I only know english and german!

I've been there a couple of times and never had any problems with my ten word French vocabulary. Consider renting a car if you can. It'll make getting around much easier.

Check out the Internet travel sites for B+Bs in les Moulins, Colleville, Port en Bessin, and Vierville sur Mer (all on Omaha Beach). French B+Bs are usually very nice and surprisingly affordable. Also try Bayeux maybe. You're going at a good time to get discount rates. Two years ago we paid 60 Euros a night for two rooms and a killer French breakfast.

The tapestry of the Norman Conquest in Bayeux is a must see.

The Airborne museum near Ste mere Eglise is cool as well.



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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

Lots of good suggestions above - here's a few more:

1. Mont Saint Michel - incredible place, one cool thing is that you can actually get in some quick sand on the flats outside the island. I'd love to see the tide come in there some day - supposed to be an incredible sight.

2. Ch�teau-Gaillard - the ruins of this ancient castle are magical. I kept thinking of this place when I was reading Timeline a year or two ago - brought it to life nicely.

3. Rouen - Beautiful cathedral complete with a few gouges in the outside wall courtesy of various wars. This building is also the subject of Monet's first "series" of paintings investigating the effects of differing light on the same subject(s). Also a very interesting church with Chagall stained glass at the site where Joan of Arc was burned.

4. Etretat - awesome cliff, arch, and spire in the water. Also some German fortifications on top of the cliff.

The sheer scale of the WWII cemetaries will shock you. It's something you will never forget. It's also pretty interesting to see German fortifications in random places - some very intact.

Don't forget to try the local cider, Calvados, & mussels!



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User currently offlineZbrox From Sweden, joined Jan 2006, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

Quoting 11Bravo (Reply 7):
I've been there a couple of times and never had any problems with my ten word French vocabulary. Consider renting a car if you can. It'll make getting around much easier.

As i said before. Car is a must.
re language: The french are much less reluctant to speaking english now than a few years back. But be polite. Always great people when you go inte a shop or similar (like in the south in the US)
Bonjour monsieur!
Bonjour Madame!

And say

"Au revoir" when you leave, and "merci" all the time.

Should keep you going.


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1456 times:

What about going to Ste Mere Eglise and seeing the infamous church? Don't they also have a paratrooper museum there?


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User currently offlineB707321C From Norway, joined Sep 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

My favourist in Normadie is Honfleur, Old habour with a lot of nice restaurants and galleries, then drive along the coast (only 20min) to Dauville, where you will find alot of nice (expensive type) stores and the Casino. Have also a very nice boardwalk along the beach. In my mind this the best beach in France.

User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

Quoting Zbrox (Reply 9):
Always great people when you go inte a shop or similar (like in the south in the US)

Good analogy! My mother used to teach French and would take a group of students to France every other summer for 4-5 weeks. They would always go directly from Paris to Normandy for the first 4-5 days to give the kids a chance to adjust to the country in what is undoubtedly the friendliest part of the country. btw, I don't believe France is unfriendly - I've never even had trouble with attitude in Paris. Of course for some reason the French always think I'm German - never figured that one out; certainly not my hair and I don't speak German.



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User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

Quoting N766UA (Reply 6):
hate to be another ignorant american tourist, but can I get away with going off the beaten path (which is the plan) and speaking very little french? I wish I could speak it but I only know english and german!

I think someone mentioned before, but a car is your best bet for touring the region. I would suggest you base yourself in St. Malo, which is a quaint town (the old part) and has an easy enough access for several day trips in the area (Mt. St. Michel, the beaches). It allows you to explore further south on the coast, which is beautiful. On your way from Paris, you can make a lunch stop in Chartres and visit the cathedral. It is well worth it.

I think you would be better off with english than with german there... Or just use mimic. Works many times  Smile

Alex


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8227 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

What is the age requirment to rent a car in France? I know here in the US it's usually 23 and that age I am not. If I can get a car and int'l driver license I'd love to do it.


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