France

Magnificent journey to Normandy

A coastline of white chalky cliffs and the Gothic architecture of the renowned Mont Saint-Michel monastery are some of the first things that spring to mind when people mention this underrated region in northern France. While not such a typical destination for holidaymakers as Provence or Paris, Normandy boasts a wide variety of metropolitan oases. From towns such as Giverny—famed for being the one time home of Impressionist master Claude Monet—and Rouen—Normandy’s capital of food, culture, and history, and the place where Joan of Arc was executed!—there are plenty of intriguing destinations for you to devour, as you dig into the delicious local wine and cuisine in equal measure. For those interested in the 20th Century, Normandy offers the chance to delve into the history of the World War One beach landings. Alternatively, art aficionados can marvel at the intricate details of the Bayeux tapestry, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

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