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An article about the Impressionism in Normandy 

Mont St Michel is being restored to the sea with a new causeway that allows the tides to flow around the island.

The BBC have produced an eBook to accompany the broadcast - D-Day The Last Heroes. It's only available for ipads via iTunes but the content is also available at this site.

Top secret D-Day landing orders discovered - see the full article here

Ex-Army Commando Roy Cadman talks about the D-Day landing, his disembarkation from the boat and his experience of the noise, fire and confusion on the beach

Aerial vews of the D-Day landing beaches via paragliding flight.

A new 3-D documentary is being produced about the D-Day landings - click here for more details

The Washington Post describes the American Cemetery as a must see venue for travelers

A fabulous image of important venues to visit for D-Day (6th June) 

Henley-on-Thames is celebrating 40 years of being twinned with Falaise- see the article here.

An article about the Impressionism in Normandy 

Amazing archive photographs of France just after D-Day.

D-Day: As it Happens - a special Channel Four event to mark the 5th & 6th of June.

Black puddings in Mortagne-au-Perche. The World Championships took place in March - read the review here.

Mont St Michel is being restored to the sea with a new causeway that allows the tides to flow around the island.

The Heroes Return 2 National Lottery Fund has helped a 94 year old pilot return to Normandy.

Jake McNiece, the inspiration for the film 'The Dirty Dozen', passed away recently but his story is amazing - read it here.

The Peace Museum in Caen - The Memorial -  has just released this great video.

Only 500 days to go before the World Equestrian Games in Normandy - as of 11th April 2013

A calendar of events for the 69th anniversary of D-Day in June 2013 has been produced here.

The organisation for the 70th anniversary of D-Day is already taking shape - Bands from the USA have been invited to participate in the memorial cermonies.

In the first of three parts, Jonathan Ball embarks upon a Battlefield Tour of Normandy.

One of the events nearby Rouen is famous for is the burning at the stake of Joan of Arc, but this article describes the other interesting features of the city .

This is an amazing story about reuniting an American serviceman with his dogtags lost during the Battle of Normandy on the beaches.

Staff Sergeant Jim Wallwork, the first Allied Soldier to set foot on French soil during the D-Day landings and passed away in January 2013,  is remembered here

This interview with a 91 year old D-Day veteran is amazing. 

A lovely review of the Normandy area by travel writer Natasha von Geldern. 

The 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings is highlighted here as well as all the special events being held around that time, while this blogpost recalls the 65th anniversary in 2009.

This BBC site has 8 fascinating recordings of first hand experiences from D-Day, as well as this article about Ian Flemings' ( yes that Ian Fleming) Commandos and their unique involvement on that fateful day.

A new poster campaign in the London underground promoting holidays in Western France also has a good website link here

10 Mouth Watering Food Festivals in Normandy and for all cider drinkers in Normandy try this via Things to do

Upcoming Events

Tour de France 2013 - Official site with stage information including Stage 11 - Avranches & Mont-St Michel on Wednesday 10th July 2013.

Official website of the World Equestrian Games 2014 - Details of the Games - Official website for the Games in August / September 2014

Deauville Events - This site has a list of all the things happening in Deauville, including the horse race meetings.

Customers Reviews

A recent guest wrote a great article here in Canadian Military Family Magazine

In February 2012 one of our previous guests mentioned us in their popular blog while discussing venues to escape the chaos of London in Summer 2012.

Area Reviews

Check out this great guide for child friendly entertainment throughout the area.

Travel writer and photographer Greg Ward has covered Brittany and Normandy for the Rough Guides since 1986 and has written travel guides for many other publishers Read one here.

Beautiful virtual tours available for the main Normandy attractions

Readers Tips from the Guardian explain why Normandy is a great venue.

An overlooked corner of France as described in this article from the Evening Standard.

Exploring Normandy - a wonderful article here in the Daily Mail describing all the reasons to visit this amazing area.

Monet's Gardens gets a great write up here - and it's a great venue for a day trip from Domaine de la Hamberie.

This article from The Guardian reports on why France is at the centre of War Tourism.

Article from the Independent Newspaper about why Normandy is a great holiday choice right now.

This is a really useful link about Deuville racecourse - a great day out for the whole family.

A great review of Normandy as a family holiday destination.

The Gardens of Brecy reviewed in France Today

Here is a list of blogs about France and Normandy.

Normandy Travel Guide – Telegraph, 26 July 2012. Travel writer and Normandy expert Greg Ward recommends restaurants, hotels, beaches and more.

Where to travel on holiday in 2012 – Telegraph, 30 December 2011. Normandy comes first on the Telegraph’s list of places to visit in 2012. 

Honfleur, France: a cultural guide – Telegraph, 15 November 2011. An inside track on the museums and hotels of Honfleur – and what to avoid.

Visiting France’s Côte Fleurie –, 8 August 2010. Accurate piece on the “quiet glamor” of the Côte Fleurie, from Deauville (“a Gallic answer to East Hampton”) with its American film festival and wide sandy beaches, to the charming restaurants of Honfleur, the area’s artistic history as home to the Impressionists, and its celebrity residents, casinos and racing. Cassis sorbet in Deauville is the best I’ve ever tasted.

Normandy: La France profonde – The Sunday Times, 13 August 2006. Stephen Clarke waxes lyrical about the classical gardens, abbeys and appley alcohol of the Seine valley.

France holidays: Normandy vs Brittany – Telegraph, 27 June 2011. I don’t agree with Anthony Peregrine’s conclusion: Normandy beats Brittany every time in my book. Still, a useful article for its coverage of beaches, history, landscape and food & drink.

Gardens to Visit in Normandy (Orne & Eure), 16 August 2010. Nice blog post listing the best gardens to visit in south-east Normandy.

Dispatch | On the Normandy Coast –, 27 July 2010. Etretat is a wonderful day trip. Stoney beach, brisk walks, cliffs memorialised by Monet.

Eurofile | The Paris Plage. The New York Times neatly deconstructs the social signals and relative merits of Le Touquet and Deauville.

Guide2Normandy covers everything you could want to know about Normandy and more, including local news, events, property, restaurants, holidays. There’s an excellent community forums that digs into specialist subjects from birding to Normandy recipes to entrepreneurs. Operated by an ex-lawyer who worked in Paris and now lives in rural Normandy.