A Holiday in Normandy

30 Aug

We had a fabulous holiday in Normandy, seeing as many of the sites as we could squeeze into our few days.

We saw a lot of the D-Day landing things.  Utah Beach and its monuments and museum:

The American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, near Omaha Beach:

The village of Sainte-Mère-Église, with its church spire from which a paratrooper hung for hours after getting his parachute entangled (that would be Red Buttons in The Longest Day!):

And, finally, the remains of Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches:

It wasn’t all history and seriousness, though. We also had time for some non-war-related things. We saw the Bayeux Tapestry and also had a wander around lovely Bayeux, including a visit to the cathedral:

My favourite day included a visit to Beuvron-en-Auge, a village on the Cider Route. We had a few degustations and came home with a car boot laden with Calvados and Pommeau. Beuvron was definitely one of the prettiest little towns I’ve ever seen:

We also did a bit of shopping at the Isigny Ste. Mère dairy cooperative. Isigny, very near where we were staying, is famous for its dairy products, particularly butter. And, oh, that fame is deserved. My favourite was the very sinful one with salt crystals in it.

And we even had time for a brocante and a day on the beach:

It was my first trip to Normandy, but I know it won’t be my last. There’s so much more to see, so I’m glad we saved a few things for our next visit.


4 Responses to “A Holiday in Normandy”

  1. Elizabeth Kuyper August 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    *le sigh*
    So glad you went to Beuvron-en-Auge! I hope you looked at the door of *my* restaurant? It’s right there in the middle, just next to the antique shop in the center by the flower planters.
    Innit just the… loveliest?
    Thanks for the lovely reminder. Great photos!

  2. Kim September 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Looks like it was a gorgeous trip!

  3. Trace September 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Love the pic of you in the sea!

  4. Julie February 4, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Oh Helen – these were lovely photos and with such happy memories for me as well! Arromanches, Bayeux, the World War II cemetries …. and all in the sunshine. Loved the see pic as well – good on you ! I love swimming in the sea as well 🙂

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