Where to Go in France: Normandy
Yes yes, I know. When in France you need to go to Paris. I’ll get to that. But Paris isn’t the only amazing place in France. The well known South of France is amazing. And on this trip I was lucky to get to spend a week in the Normandy region.
Normandy is in the North of the country. It is famous for cheese (of course), and apples. The Calvados area produces an apple liqueur (that tastes awful to me). This region is also home to Deauville- a city famous for its film festival and beaches.
Here are some places not to miss in Normandy:
As my sister and I left Honfleur she said to me: “Good, now we’ve got the touristy thing out of the way.”
Touristic spots are always a conundrum to me. I’m a tourist. And sites are touristic for a reason. Honfleur is adorable. It’s a perfect town for walking around. There are a ton of cute shops and it’s right on the harbor. There are also some great restaurants.
I say, check it out but know what you are getting into. There are a lot of tourists.
Deauville is a very famous French town. It’s home to the Deauville Film Festival and a pretty famous beach. It’s also a fairly big city in Normandy so if you are spending time in the countryside, you’ll want to walk around the city a bit. It’s busy but there are plenty of cute shops!
3. A fromagerie
We all know cheese is very famous in France. And plenty of these amazing cheeses come from the Normandy region. On this trip, I visited the (super super small) town of Camembert. It was adorable. And we bought some cheese- of course. I would recommend going to the Livarot fromagerie. I didn’t go on this trip but went last time I was in the region and it was a great visit.
4. Pick a small village and explore
The neat thing about the Normandy region is that there was so many adorable little villages. I loved Pont Audemer but there are just so many. I recommend looking at a map and picking one at random. Make sure it isn’t too small as some villages are pretty much just a cross-street.
Once you find one, park your car, walk around, get a coffee and look in all the shops. It’s so relaxing. Oh. And while you are there, feel free to pretend you are Belle from Beauty and the Beast when she’s singing around her little town!