🧳My Holiday to Normandy, France Aug ’22

Normandy France Aug 2022Hello friends, today I am sharing with you what I got up to on my exciting week-long holiday and longed-for visit to my mum and stepdad, who live in Normandy, France. This is a trip I have had to cancel and change over three times now, due to France’s Covid restrictions, but finally in the second week of the school’s summer break I was able to go.

I drove straight from ‘The Manor’ in Kent (post) to Portsmouth, where I got on an overnight ferry to Caen and was picked up by mum, stepdad and the family poodle, Teddy the next morning. Over the week we planned a mixture of sightseeing days and quieter days, so we could spend some much-needed quality time together. Here are some of the places I got to visit:

D-Day Beaches – Part I

On my very first day, having arrived in Caen at the very early time of 06:45 (UK: 05:45), we set off for a sedate drive along the Normandy coast. Taking in the beauty of the vast, open coastline, as well as the poignant history. Our journey took us past the three beaches, codenamed: Sword, Gold and Juno, where British and Canadian troops landed as part of the D-Day Landings in WWII. We stopped off to visit the British Normandy Memorial, near the village of Vur-ser-Mer, and for a closer look at the striking remains of the Mulberry Floating Docks, in the seaside town of Arromanches-les-Bains.

Bayeux

Later the same day, we stopped off in the historical, picture-perfect Bayeux, the medieval town centre of which has cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and the towering, Norman-Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame. It is also the home to the famed 11th century Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the infamous Norman invasion of England in 1066. After a spot of lunch, we had time to leisurely enjoy the town, cathedral, shops and see the tapestry, before heading to my family’s home.

Mont St Michel

Then on Thursday, we got up early to drive to the UNESCO world heritage site of Mont St Michel: a rocky tidal island, topped by a gravity-defying Benedictine abbey and place I was most excited to visit. We arrived by late morning, parked, and set off on foot across the bay to the island on an impressive boardwalk. Once on the island, we squeezed our way through the narrow streets and heaving crowds to a small bistro for lunch, before making the ascent up to the abbey to explore its labyrinthine structure and find out its fascinating history.

D-Day Beaches – Part II

Finally, on my penultimate day, we headed up the coast again to have lunch, take a dip in the sea, and take in more of the beautiful views and poignant history. This included seeing the two beaches, codenamed: Omaha and Utah, where American (plus I learnt some French) troops landed as part of the D-Day Landings in WWII. This included a stop off at the Utah Beach Memorial.

Wow, all in all, what an amazing trip to a beautiful and historically important part of the world, and to top it off spent time with loved ones and were truly blessed with fabulous weather too. I can’t wait to visit again, especially now I have got over the nerves and got the hang of the ferry.

Have you ever been to Normandy? Have you ever visited the D-Day Beaches, Bayeux or Mont St Michel? Please let me know in the comments below. I love to chat!

14 thoughts on “🧳My Holiday to Normandy, France Aug ’22

  1. Oh wow, what wonderfully rich vacation!
    I also remember Portsmouth. I stayed not far from there with an English family for 2 summers. Of course I visited the HMS Victory, but I had only studied English for a year ( I was 11). I couldn’t understand what the guide was saying, so I had my English host repeat everything in her English. I thought the guide was speaking German, he ended up being Scottish!!

  2. OMG! I was excited just reading this post! I’ve been desperate since I was a kid to go visit Normandy! I’m crazy passionate about history and WW2 is a topic I love learning about so much… I’ve pretty much been waiting nowadays for my kid to be old enough to understand when we visit. He’s eleven now I think the time is fast approaching to plan that trip as he loves history as much as I do! πŸ™‚

    Lovely photos! I’m so glad you had a good holiday and time with your family.

    1. Thank you, Nicci – I am so pleased you enjoyed my post and photos so much. 😊 I really hope you will be able to plan and go on your own trip with your son. You are going to love the history, scenery and food I am sure. 🀞

  3. My dad was a veteran of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, Omaha.
    We took a trip there in 1999. We had taken a ship from England and Cherbourg, France. We rented a car and drove out to that area where dad had been. We also went to the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. While on that beach, Dad told his story in more depth than before as he remembered somethings forgotten. It was a memorable day for all of us.

    1. Oh amazing that you were to visit here with your veteran father, Annette. To share those memories in more detail and for him to remember even more when there. ❀

  4. I have actually been to the area but to Cherbourg with all its little umbrellas strung up. I wanted to go to Mont St Michel. I forget why we didn’t end up going but I bet it was very cool. That coast of France has such a special feel. I would love to go back. Thank you for sharing those very beautiful pictures from your visit.

    1. Tessa, I am pleased to hear you have visited and enjoyed this part of the world too. I didn’t actually get to visit Cherbourg, although it was an option to get my ferry too, so maybe next time could do that. I hope you will be able to return in the not-too-distant future and I highly recommend Mont St Michel. πŸ™‚

  5. I’m glad you were able to visit Normandy and your family at last, after having to cancel so many times! The historical sites you went to all sound fascinating.

  6. This sounds like a wonderful, history-filled holiday! (plus the enjoyment of experiencing it all with family) I would have enjoyed everything you did. πŸ™‚

    I’m reminded of a book trilogy I read that might interest you. Here’s my review if you want to take a look:

    The Watchmen Saga by Kathleen C. Perrin

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