20 October 2012

Road Trip: Normandy

Much anticipated,
we spent a long weekend in

Bonjour, Miss Dreamy :)

We took the Eurostar train to Calais
and drove south to Normandy


France and England have a long history in this region

All English schoolchildren know that in 1066AD
William The Conqueror (Duke of Normandy)
 invaded England,
creating a huge turning point in English history

Isn't it a wonder why he left?
So gorgeous :)


Centuries later
French Normandy was occupied by England forces
during the Hundred Years' War (1345 - 1360)
and then again 1415 - 1450


Another major turning point in history -
Normandy is famous for the D-Day landings
on June 6, 1944

We took a guided tour of the area
{ fascinating and moving }

D-Day landing site
Normandy American Cemetery
Craters from bombings

'gîtes' are popular accommodations in France
They are self-catering cottages
Some include breakfast

The few times we've traveled to France,
I liked it but I didn't really 'get' it

But since our recent trip to Normandy,
I've pulled out the guidebook
to hatch a plan...

...for adding more photos to my French collection :)


- all photos by moi -
Source: Wikipedia


Annie said...

So tempted by your photos. Of all the times I've been to France I've never made it to Normandy (despite the fact that it has been on my 'places to visit' list for at least 6 years...after reading about your weekend I think I need to review my list and push Normandy close to the top!

Marta said...

Salut ! It's a very nice area. I'd really like to try a "gite"!

Marina Pérez said...

Beautiful, The first car my husband had was a red "dos caballos". I don't know the name in english and the model in your post is a(Dos caballos Fabiola) a famous singer from my city Jerez called Bertín Osborne had one so all the girls in Jerez got into the bars where they saw a Fabiola car. Here you are a link from youtube Bertín Osborne "Amor mediterraneo" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPmDdlQrOfc

Wendy said...

Gorgeous photos! Love reading and seeing photos of Normandy from your point of view. Just call me the arm chair traveler :o) Thank you!

TexWisGirl said...

wow. such gorgeous scenes!

Decora Adora said...

Georgeous Photos. I love you blog

Gillian said...

Beautiful photos. We visited this region about 5 years ago and you've just reminded me how much I loved it. I adore France but my husband does not "get it" but he is mad about military history and was fascinated by the history of that region.

sharpandkeen said...

It's so fun to see your beautiful photos. I actually just blogged about my recent time there, too. It was wonderful!

Down by the sea said...

Laura,Your photographs of France are wonderful. The image of the beaches now is so different to those dreadful dark days.
Sarah x

myletterstoemily said...

i have felt the same when traveling in france.
it's lovely, but i never feel any simpatico like
i do in italy, switzerland, austria, or even

your photos are gorgeous.

Bronwyn said...

Oh! What a gorgeous area of the world. I was excited to see your pics because we are currently planning a two-week trip to Normandy for the summer of 2014. We'll be renting a house near Honfleur. I am even more excited now!

helen tilston said...

Your images are beautiful and thank you for sharing
The gites are a wonderful way to travel
Thanks for the reminder of the history between England and France.

Helen xx

Sarah Jane said...

Beautiful photography xo

greenthumb said...

What a lovely part of the world, lucky you.

Iota said...

I've always loved Normandy. I was an "au pair" (do you know what that is?) there for a few months at the age of 18.

Crafty Helen said...

We have holidayed in Normandy for the past 5 years and absolutely love it. Amazing beaches, super shopping and lots of history for the children. Pleased to have found you. XX

Rosemary said...

I love the Bayeux photo with the highlight. France gets to you eventually. Did you see the wonderful tapestry?

Kym Hamer said...

Fabulous photos! Normandy has now been added to the bucket list ie. places to visit while a) I can still afford it and b) get to it!

Pet said...

Yes France is OK, but the garden is Kent. :-)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Sadly, we ran out of time. Next time :)

Tammy Chrzan said...

The Bayeux photo... love that!

koralee said...

Oh my...such stunning photos...I long to go there! Love the creativity in your shots. Thanks so much for sharing the JOY!

Privet and Holly said...

Me, too! Beautiful....

I bet it was so moving
to visit the cemetery in
Normandy. What wonderful
memories you have been
collecting, my friend!

xo Suzanne

Karen said...

I envy you living where you do and being able to visit such a historic and beautiful area of europe. My husband and 17 year old son are huge WWII fanatics and they very much want to visit Normandy someday soon. Thanks for sharing your trip there and some of the history too!

Emily said...

Lovely inspiration to visit France!

Barbara said...

This is one of my favorite regions! It truly is beautiful.

Joyce said...

Normandy was one of my favorite trips...I love Honfleur. We moved to the UK from Annapolis and Honfleur reminded us a little of home : )

Bonnie said...

You made the history of the area come alive and made me want to study more about this area. I visited Normandy on a day trip from Paris but would love to roam the country side in this area. Love learning and traveling with you. Thanks.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

So sweet, Bonnie. I still remember how we met - through my Beatrix Potter post years ago :) So glad you are still reading!

Robynne's Nest said...

Hey Laura, isn't Normandy great...so interesting...the war cemeteries are very emotive....the Aussie one had me nearly blubbering, the English one...not so much...and then Omaha Beach...big lumps in the throat. Honfleur is lovely isn't it...did you stay in a gite...your photos are terrific...there is something about the French countryside and the little villages along the way.....Robx