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Northern France:

Home to History, Monet’s Garden and Culinary Delights

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Cliffs of Etretat, Normandy

Normandy, most widely known for its part in D-Day, has a lot more to offer visitors. Sites such as the Juno Beach Centre, the British Normandy Memorial, the Normandy American Center and France’s Memorial Museum for the Battle of Normandy help us understand the past. But travelers should also plan to spend a few extra nights and discover why Normandy is renowned for more than its Second World War history.

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Old Market Square, Rouen | Market Cheese Selection

The region – around 2.5 hours by car or train from Paris – makes a terrific multiday add-on to your Loire Valley and Paris visits. River cruises along the Seine are also a fantastic option here – leaving the driving to the captain and sightseeing your only responsibility.

By river or by road, consider your options: If you travel to eat (and who doesn’t?) dip into local delicacies such as camembert, cider and Calvados brandy – all made for centuries in the region. Along the coast, seafood, especially oysters, are a must, so stop at the first oyster shack you spot and order a bottle of Muscadet on the side.

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Mont-Saint-Michel | Monet's Garden

And if you haven’t already made the pilgrimage to Mont-Saint-Michel, maybe this is the year to chase the tides to the architectural marvel built on an island. We can help arrange access outside of the busier times. Inland, Monet’s home and famous painted garden in Giverny will delight travelers; it is often a stop on river cruises.

Discover the delights of the north coast of France; it’s an easy addition to your trip.

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