Normandy, closest land in France to Britain, has suffered war since ancient times because of its unique and important strategic position. Today it is quiet and serene, with picturesque landscapes intertwined with coasts, fields and rivers, but echoes of history still ring, and ancient churches, cities and ports silently tell old legends, which makes people involuntarily return to Time, enjoying aroma of cider and cheese - no wonder travel magazine Wanderlust voted Europe's most desirable destination last year.
Mont Saint-MichelMont Saint-Michel
Hundreds of years ago, when monks decided to build a church on a reef in sea, they could not imagine that in future it would become most famous pilgrimage site in France and even be known as a spiritual symbol of France. Medieval ramparts and shifting currents have allowed Saint-Michel Abbey and ancient city at foot of mountain to serve God and pilgrims unhindered for centuries. Now, when you enter church at 100 meters above sea level and into quiet and quiet courtyard, time still remains in that era; and although bustling town is full of modern commercial atmosphere, it can also make people feel simple, enthusiastic. and enthusiasm of Normandy. The human side.
Giverny is located on a hillside in Seine Valley, surrounded by dense forests and green pastures. In front of city is open country with a slight slope, extending to river Seine. A paradise for lovers of impressionism, it is famous for Monet's garden house. Here Monet lived last 43 years of his life. The most striking decoration of his former residence is his meticulously manicured garden. In addition to iconic water lilies and famous Japanese bridge, there are also various flowers blooming in different seasons. Here you can find colors of Monet's brushes.
During Middle Ages, Rouen was second largest city in France and also hometown of William Conqueror. From here, Duke of Normandy set out to cross English Channel and defeat his opponent in order to become king. England; Joan of Arc is also located here. The place where court was burned is full of bright history with legends. Rouen today is a beautiful and laid-back city, strolling along gravel streets of old town, with colorful wooden farms on either side, many specialty shops selling china, flower hats and cider where you can taste original traditional Normandy original. folklore. Rouen Cathedral, once tallest building in France, and exquisite and elaborate belfry of town hall faithfully reflect city's former glory.
The hill of elephant's trunk in Etretat is most beautiful natural landscape on coast of Normandy. Maupassant once described it as an elephant's trunk going out to sea, hence name. This is also theme of many Impressionist painters such as Monet. There is an experimental garden at top of cliff and artists used to paint on terrace here. On a cobblestone beach, listening to chirping of seagulls, breathing in fresh sea breeze, or looking at cliffs of Elephant Trunk Hill from above is a breathtaking sight.
Honfleur is an ancient city with a thousand-year history, located at mouth of Seine River, so it was an important transport and military stronghold in history, and was also starting point for many navigators' expeditions. In addition, scenery of this town is beautiful as a postcard. It has always been one of favorite places of artists, including famous impressionists. Street scenes of town can be seen in many famous paintings, colorful wooden houses and yachts are lined up, harbor is also very romantic. .
The Cider RouteLa Route du Cidre
The Normans also brewed wine in Middle Ages, but humid and overcast climate in Normandy region near Atlantic Ocean is not suitable for producing high quality wine. Luckily, Normandy is rich in apples, so fruit wine fermented from apples quickly found its way onto tables of locals, becoming the world's second-largest fruit wine after wine. The 40 km cider road between Calvados and Caen connects more than a dozen small villages and farms with typical Norman style. The green and lush pastures have herds of cattle and sheep, and fragrant gardens, colorful wooden farmhouses, and little shops stocked with cider by doors, make up a picturesque flavor.
This millennial city is famous for its Bayeux tapestry. This 70-meter wool tapestry from 11th century delicately depicts story of William Conqueror. It contains 623 characters, 759 animals, 37 precious historical and cultural treasures, and has become a world cultural heritage. Bayeux was first city to be rebuilt after Allied landings in Normandy during World War II. Fortunately, it was not devastated by war. Today, you can admire traditional buildings such as ancient churches along winding streets and thick moats of old town with a charming medieval atmosphere.
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D-Day BeachD-Day Beach
Normandy occupies a special place in world military history. In 1944, most brutal and spectacular battle scenes in human history took place on Allied landing beaches. Under artillery fire of German army, port was quickly built in just a few days, and 300,000 coalition troops successfully landed. Traces of battle are still preserved on shore. Arromanche is nearest town to landing beach, and now it is filled with laughter of festive crowds, not far away are 9387 American soldiers who died heroically in American cemetery, and white and neat crosses on green grass make people feel awe and shock.