Normandy, France

We love France!! Oo la la! France is one of my favourite places to visit. The food, the culture, the history…here’s a snapshot of my week away in Dives-sur-Mer, Normandy.

Normandy is easily accessible from Dover (England) by car on the channel tunnel or ferry. A few years ago we went on a family holiday in our ‘Brady Bunch’ 10 seater van for a week in the lovely Dives-sur-Mer. I’ve been to this region of France on many many family holidays as a child. However, I don’t think I appreciated the beauty of the area until I hit my mid 20’s.

The currency is Euros and the weather is usually the same as in the UK. If your lucky, it may be slightly warmer.

We drove from Calais to Dives-sur-Mer. The drive is around three hours.

On this trip we stayed in a basic but lovely apartment with a shared pool next to a harbour. We spent many a day walking down the promenade into neighbouring Cabourg to hit the boutique shops and eat out for dinner.

There is nothing better then waking up in the morning and walking to a nearby bakery to buy warm bread and croissants for breakfast on the balcony. HEAVEN…

We also visited Honfleur. The drive from Dives-sur-Mer to Honfleur is around 40 minutes. Honfleur boasts some great restaurants and a beautiful harbour. Grab some authentic French food and watch the boats on the water.

If your visiting by car and like history. Normandy is the place for you. Normandy has various battle sites and memorials dedicated to the brave men and women the lost their lives in World War 2 (WW2).

On our holiday we drove to visit Pegasus Bridge, The American Cemetery and the landing beaches.

The actual bridge is situated in the museum and a replacement bridge is used over the river.

Next on our history tour we went to The American Cemetery. Ive been to The American Cemetery a few times in the past and it is huge. There are around 9,400 American soldiers buried here and it is a very sobering experience.

Omaha Beach is also easily reachable from the cemetery. Omaha Beach was one of the beaches used in the D-Day landings.

Normandy is a picturesque region of France. It’s full of history, quaint villages, beaches, delicious food and friendly people. Grab yourself a macaron and enjoy France!

Until next time Normandy…

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