Normandy

Lodging

  • Rouen: Hotel Cardinal [1 Place de la Cathédrale / tel: 02-35-70-24-42 / fax: 02-35-89-75-14] is extremely inexpensive, tidy and located right next to the Cathedral.
  • Bayeux: Hotel Mogador [20 rue Alain Chartier / tel: 02-31-92-24-58 / fax: 02-31-92-24-85] has cozy rooms at reasonable prices.

Sights

  • Rouen: The city itself is quite charming with half-timbered houses dating back to the 14th c. Starting from the Eglise Jeanne d'Arc, walk down the Rue du Gros, a pedestrian shopping street, to the Cathèdrale Notre Dame, one of the finest Gothic Cathedrals in Europe. Next to the Cathedral is St. Maclou Church. Walk down the rue Martainville to the Aître St. Maclou. Other sights worth seeing are St. Ouen's Church, yet another interesting Gothic Church and the Musée des Beaux Arts, which houses Monet's painting of the Rouen Cathedral among other significant works from all periods. If you have more than a day here take Bus #30 along the Route of Ancient Abbeys (La Route des Anciennes Abbayes) to Jumiéges (50 min, none on Sun), stopping at the Abbey of St. George de Boscherville and the ruins of the Abbey at Jumiéges.
  • Honfleur: There are not many sights to see in this harbor-town, but it certainly has a lot of charm. Focus on the area around the old port (Vieux Bassin). The Eglise Ste. Catherine is definitely worth stopping in to see, and on Saturday mornings there is a charming market that takes place around the Church. Think about making this town a day trip from Rouen if possible.
  • Bayeux is a charming, quiet town, located only a few miles from the D-Day beaches. The most important sights are the Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux Cathedral and the Bayeux Memorial Museum, which provides interesting information about the Battle of Normandy.
  • Deauville: A once sophisticated beach resort worth passing through if you are driving from Honfleur to Bayeux.
  • D-Day Beaches: From Bayeux take Bus #74 to Arromanches, Bus #70 to the American Cemetery or Bus #17-Memorial to the Normandy Museum. Bus Fly Excursions in Bayeux (tel: 02-31-22-00-08) offers a four hour English-speaking tour of the major D-Day sites for about €35.00. If you are interested in finding out as much as you can about the invasion of Normandy definitely go to the Battle of Normandy Museum in Caen. In Arromanches you can see the first pre-fabricated harbor created by the British for the D-Day landings and go to the Musée du Débarquement, which is a cheaper alternative to the museum in Caen. Further along the coast is the American Cemetery at St. Laurent and from the cemetery you can stroll to Omaha Beach, where heavy fighting took place.
  • Mont St. Michel: The ultimate tourist trap but worth visiting for a few hours. After walking though the village of Mont St. Michel, take the tour of the Abbey. To get to Mont St. Michel from Bayeux take the bus to Pontorson (2 1/2 hrs) or take the tour offered by Bus Fly Excursions.