It’s National Croissant Day

The 30th January is National Croissant Day in the UK and also the USA. However, there’s no such day in France as the croissant is a staple breakfast item. It’s the equivalent of toast and marmalade in the UK. And rather than being celebrated on one particular day, it’s enjoyed all year round. Croissants are […]

Normandy Beach Huts

These delightful Normandy beach huts can be found in a small village called Gouville-sur-Mer. They’re so well known locally that they even appear on Google maps. They’re dotted along the coastline in a somewhat haphazard manner and stretch for around a kilometre or so. They sit high above the beach between the road and the […]

The Abbey Near Gavray

Hambye Abbey is a delightful 12th century abbey just a few minutes drive from Hambye in Normandy. It was once a thriving monastery but fell into decline with the last monks leaving shortly before the French revolution. It’s set in a valley in a calm and tranquil site of natural beauty. Despite being quarried, the […]

What’s The Weather Like In Normandy?

Perhaps the best description of the weather in Normandy is that it’s changeable. And, yes, it rains (sometimes) but that’s how Normandy dairy products such as Camembert cheese taste so deliciously creamy. There’s no rainbow without the rain. It’s also said that on some days you experience four seasons in one day with perhaps sun, […]

National Cheese Lover’s Day

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day (20th January 2019). And what better way to celebrate than taking a look at a cheese shop in Normandy? I visited Au Carnaval des Fromages in Granville earlier this week and they kindly allowed me to take photos of their lovely shop. They’ve been cheesemongers for over 35 years […]

When To See The High Tides At Mont-Saint-Michel

The high tides at Mont-Saint-Michel will return next week. They happen on around 20 days each year with two high tides each days. The high tides mean that Mont-Saint-Michel is cut off from the mainland and it becomes an island. It’s quite an impressive sight to see particularly if you’re on the island when it […]

The Normandy Airborne Museum

The Museum The Normandy Airborne Museum is located in Sainte-Mère-Église’s square just opposite the church. An effigy of American paratrooper John Steele hangs on the church spire. The museum pays tribute to the paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. The paratroopers landed in Sainte-Mère-Église on the night of the 5th June and into […]

The Best Normandy Landing Beaches Map

It can be overwhelming to plan a visit to the Normandy landing beaches. As well as the five beaches, there are also museums, memorials, bridge, batteries, statues, and sculptures. And they’re dotted around a pretty large area. Hints and Tips There are five beaches, so the first step is to decide which one or ones […]

The 10 Things To Do In Normandy In Winter

Are you thinking about a winter trip to Normandy but are concerned there might not be enough to do? While it’s true that the main tourist season is Easter to the October school holidays, Normandy doesn’t close down completely. This Top 10 list will show you there’s no shortage of activities even in the winter […]