Weekend getaways – Normandy

Christmas is finished and we are all back into the usual routine of life. You’ve spent your vacation visiting family, but you still need a break from time to time. A weekend getaway is something I take once in a while just for a little rest and recuperation, especially after Christmas when you feel like you need a vacation to recharge your batteries. A good tip for a weekend away is Normandy in the north of France.

Where to go in Normandy

Normandy has an incredible array of things on offer: hotels, great food, and some really spectacular sights. The first thing I’d recommend you do is to think about what you’d like in your weekend getaway. Pick one thing that would make it all interesting. Do you like historicalmonuments? Fine dining? A secluded hotel? A city trip or a village?Rouen Cathedral and housesIf you enjoy historical monuments, there are a couple of places that stand out in my mind.  One is Mont-Saint-Michel, and the other is the Château de Falaise. Mont-Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and probably one of the most well-known monuments in France outside of Paris. The church on the top of the hill was consecrated in 709 and has been pulling in visitors ever since. You can book a hotel in nearby Rennes or Caen and spend your day touring around the whole region. The other place I’d recommend, Château de Falaise, is in the town of Falaise just south of Caen. In fact you could easily combine both the Château and Mont-Saint-Michel in a single weekend trip.

If you’d rather spend your day sitting in a cafe, and enjoying some of that world famous French cuisine, then Le Havre might be exactly what you’re looking for. The city is right at the heart of the Normandy coast, and with a little digging, you can find some excellent street cafes that have all the atmosphere and tasty food you’re craving.

How to get there

Getting to Normandy is really very simple. It is very well connected by train from Paris and London. Travel from London is quite simple. You can take the Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel to Calais. From Calais, you can take the E44/E402 down the coast. If you are travelling from Paris, there are regular trains making stops in Rouen, Caen, Cherbourg, and so on.

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