The Normandy name originates from the Viking back in the 9th century
The Normandy region is situated between the Channel and the Paris basin and has been the welcoming harbour of civilizations through the Seine Valley to Paris. It comprises the departments of Seine-Maritime, Eure, Calvados, Manche and Orne and is best known for its coasts, green meadows and cider.
Monuments, abbeys, arts and crafts all testify of these influences; Rouen its capital with 100 bell-towers and half-timbered houses, the Mont St Michel, the Bec-Hellouin abbey, Honfleur and its painters, the Bayeux tapestry, the famous 'haras' (stud farms) of the Orne. History meets geography with the D-Day beaches, the memorials and the museum in Caen, and in 2004 was celebrated the 60th anniversary of the landings in Arromanches.
Its pleasantness has made Normandy the home of arts, amongst them painting and literature. Monet, Millet, Corot, Pisarro, Corneille, Maupassant, Flaubert, Victor Hugo and Dumas 'père', have found inspiration in this region.
Normandy welcomes international nautical, musical and cinematic events such as 'Les Voiles de la Liberté', 'Jazz sous les Pommiers' in Coutances, the movie festivals in Cabourg and Deauville, where one can enjoy horse races.
The cuisine on the coast includes seafood beautifully prepared in the local fashion. Let's not forget the green bocage, its landscape of meadows enlaced by little roads, and its products; butter, 32 cheeses including the classic Camembert, dairy cream, and magnificent apple pastries. But Normandy is also famous for its prepared cooked meats like Caen tripe and Vire andouille, and its Calvados apple brandy.
Whether you are a tourist or live in Paris, Normandy is very easy and quick to access to by air, boat, rail or road, for a few hours, a quiet holiday or for a lifetime.
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