Normandy Region - France

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  • Normandy, France, A Testament to Mans Determination To Be Free

    Aug 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: So many sights to see, historic and memorable
    Cons: can evoke a great sadness

    Summary: Just recently I watched the movie, Saving Private Ryan for the second time and it had the same effect it had on me when I saw it for the first time in the theater, sheer astonishment of what was accomplished by those allied soldiers so many years ... read more

  • Travel guide to D-day beaches, monuments and museums in Normandy, France

    Jul 12, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Evocative, moving and educational tour of d-day sites in France. A visit I will remember!
    Cons: Tours might be expensive, but you may navigate by vehicle if you desire.

    Summary: In France, D-day is known as "Jour-J".  On that fateful day of June 6th, 1944, American, British and Canadian Airborne Divisions launched a collaborative attack of Nazi strongholds on the beaches at Normandy. In history class, I had never absorbed ... read more

  • A Place Where History Lives and Americans Heroes are Buried

    Aug 3, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy drive from Paris; steeped in history; moving
    Cons: None

    Summary: I lived for a time in Europe back in the early '90's. I watched in person and on television as the Berlin Wall, long a symbol of oppression and the deep ideological divide between East and West, Capitalism and Communism, was slowly taken down first by ... read more

  • Awe Inspiring

    Jul 30, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: D-Day Beaches, American Cemetery, Mont Saint-Michel, beautiful countryside.
    Cons: Winding little roads that are hard to navigate.

    Summary: Normandy France is a place that I wish every American could travel to. It does not have the flash of Paris, the great vineyards of Bordeaux or Burgundy, or even the spectacular landscapes of Provence, but it has something more than that, it contains a ... read more

  • Follow The Road To Liberty.

    Oct 23, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots to see connected to WWII, pleasant countryside and friendly people.
    Cons: In my experience I needed another week to fit everything in I wanted to see.

    Summary: When reading travelogues or reviews about areas I am visiting it's nice to get an overall picture of the area, places to visit, restaurants and such things. My motive for visiting Normandy was specific in visiting places connected to WWII. Obviously ... read more

  • Traveling to Normandy-Be Prepared!

    May 25, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful French countryside and D-Day beaches
    Cons: Lack of development and road signs.

    Summary: I just returned (travel May 15-20, 2005) from a five day visit to the Normandy D-Day Beaches, Mont St. Michelle and Paris. I have read the four other reviews on Epinions and they are very good, but don't give the traveler the real insight to traveling ... read more

  • Normandy's Beauty and Allied Soldiers' Courage

    Nov 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful countryside, moving tributes to fallen soldiers, splendid coastline.
    Cons: Difficult to traverse without a good map, poor service at restaurants, few English speakers.

    Summary: Background It was a rainy day back in July 2004 that my girlfriend and I embarked on our trip to Normandy for two whole days. We had left Paris early on the afternoon of July 2nd. We were just beginning our European vacation and we used the Eurail ... read more

  • All D-Dayed Out

    Aug 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great D-Day memorials, lots for kids, great food.
    Cons: Crowds in Mont St Michel in July/August.

    Summary: Normandy in August provides a true D-Day experience combined with easy to drive roads, great beaches, excellent food and the odd tourist trap such as Mont St Michel. We stayed at a newly set up Bed and Breakfast "la Clos de Bellefontaine" in Bayeux, ... read more

  • Normandy: D-day beaches and a view of American history

    Mar 30, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Steeped in American history, yet embedded with French charm
    Cons: somewhat difficult to Navigate on your own

    Summary: We stopped for one night in Normandy on a week long trip through France. Although we had spent several days visiting the Loire Valley region, we wanted to experience the D day sites.As we our baby boomers, our in depth knowledge of WWII was somewhat ... read more

  • Rich historical heritage and food

    Jul 14, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Rich heritage and history, great food
    Cons: Flat landscapes, over-rich food

    Summary: I lived in Caen for two years, have shown many people around, and here are some starter tips for visitors. Because of the way the sites are separated and the relatively poor (by European standards) public transportation options to get from one site to ... read more

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