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Planning a Trip to Normandy and France

Next Tour June 2017

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In 1999, I travelled to Jersey and Normandy. We flew into Paris and caught a train to Rennes in Britanny. There we changed to a small commuter train to St. Malo on the coast. We stayed overnight there inside the old walled city. Next morning we took the Condor Ferry to Jersey. After a week in Jersey, we ferried back to St. Malo and rented a car. We stayed that night on the island of Mont St. Michel Abbey at the Auberge St. Pierre. If you are going to visit the Abbey, be sure to stay overnight on the islet whichs gets quiet when the tourists go back to the mainland. We drove across Basse (lower) Normandy for the next five days. We stayed at the Chateau de Colombieres.

From the Chateau, it was a short drive to the Normandy Beaches where U.S. troops landed in WW2. Also nearby was Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the Bayeux Tapestry and Caen. After our stay here, we drove to Paris, dropped off our car and toured the city on foot and Metro. Do NOT rent a car and try to drive around in Paris if you haven't done so before and can't read the signs in French. The Metro (subway) can get you just about anywhere tourists visit. Taxi's will cover the rest. Your hotel can arrange shuttle service back to the airport.


  • Château de Colombières: This 14th century castle dates even further back to the 11th century as an historical monument to the protection of this area of Normandy from invaders. Located between Bayeux and Isigny-sur-Mer, near the Landing Beaches, the Château de Colombières is one of the most notable of Normandy at the time of the feudal military fortresses and is a great location for overnight accomadations historically as well as geographically within reach of the D-Day beaches, Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Mont St-Michel, Bayeux and Caen.
  • Sainte-Mère-Eglise, visit the church to view stained glass windows dedicated to the Allied paratroopers and the Airborn Museum.
  • Mont St-Michel to visit the abby, shop and eat fresh local seafood or try an omlette made over an open fire at La Mère Poulard Café, stay overnight at Auberge St. Pierre or other hotels inside the wall.
  • Bayeux, and the district around it is where research has found the earlist documents with the name Ricardus Poindestre recorded. We don't know where in the district he lived. He is recorded in the pipe rolls of the Exchequer (tax rolls of the king of England/Duke of Normandy in 1180 and 1195). Visit the Tapestry depicting William the Conquerer's rise to the throne of England. There is much to see in Bayeux.
  • Normandy's Tourism page
  • D-Day Beaches, info from Rick Steves. Info from WikiTravel.
  • Caen, William the Conquerer's capital in Basse Normandie (Lower Normandy). TripAdvisor.  Normandy Tourism


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