NORMANDY is a
region (equivalent to a State) and
the 5 Landing beaches
are a vast stretch of land (about 70 miles)
across 2 counties:
Calvados & Manche.
In between the beaches, you have small villages,
narrow roads, rivers, marshland, cliffs etc...
UTAH - OMAHA - GOLD - JUNO - SWORD
HOW TO ARRIVE IN
THE HEART OF NORMANDY ?
Freeway A 13 from Paris to Caen
(Tolls can be paid by credit card)
from Paris/St Lazare train-station to Caen, Bayeux or
Carentan(the most centrally located)
Plenty of trains (no TGV)
It takes from 2 to 3 hrs
Important ! do not forget to
tick your ticket in the yellow
machines before boarding your train or you could be fined
For train schedules:
AIR: By private
plane to Caen/Carpiquet airport or helicopter
(service out of Paris)
Portsouth to either Cherbourg (closest to
the heart of the US sector)
or to Caen/Ouistreham
Beware ! They keep adding more & more
of these ugly treacherous boxes...some
flash you when passing them or after (from
you will not escape the heavy fine
(depending at which speed
you are driving...)
because if you are in a
French rented vehicle: it will be debited
from your credit card !
Lots of variety in the local gastronomy:
Fresh seafood: oysters, sea-scallops, mussels
and of course dairy products like cheese:
the most famous cheeses of Normandy:
Camembert, Pont-Lévêque, Livarot (the
Caramels made in Isigny, cream, butter...
Cider, Calvados brandy made with apples and
delicious apple pies
(soldiers learned quickly what Calva was in 44
TIPPING CUSTOMS in
FRANCE: American clients are
favorites of waiters
in bars & restaurants as they are (overly)
No need to tip as much as in America as there is a
12 to 15% service-charge included in the bill (as
well as a 19,6% Tax)
but it is customary (if service was fast
to leave a 1 or 2 euros per person on the table.
note that the best bank cards to have when
to France are Visa or Mastercard (not
American Express, refused by many shops)
There are plenty of ATM to retrieve cash but make
sure that you indicate a sufficient maximum
amount to your bank before departure and that you
know your pin code !!!
US dollars can be exchanged in some banks with
The purpose of your visit is probably to see the
sites of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy
but you will be pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the
chateaux, fortified farmhouses, flowers everywhere, good
Lots of stallions and cows.
Wheat, barley, corn, flaks...pasture fields and hedgerows.
Normandy main resources are agriculture and the dairy
For a complete discovery of all the treasures Normandy
has to offer,
I suggest to spend from 4 to 6 days
Touristic season in Normandy
is from April to end of October
Spring is in the air.
still cool but nice in
the 60°F temperature range.
Apple-trees and canola are blooming.
special month with commemorations, festive atmosphere
in the Landing Beaches sector, better reserve in advance
and you will be surprised how long daylight last.
Lots of flowers blooming everywhere.
& August: High vacation time,
families in August
Summer weather in the mid 80°F
Higher prices & reservations have to be made early.
Beware that very few places have air-conditioning
but we only need it a few days a year in Normandy.
Sept/October: Uncrowdy, still
nice days getting shorter & cooler.
Sometimes Indian summer in October !(60°
For the rest of the year, have a wind-breaker, umbrella,
warm clothes but Normandy being bordered by 375 miles of
the climate is quite mild with only a few days of
snow & freezing temperature, usually in January/February
convert temperature Celcius to Fahrenheit ° :
C X 2 + 32
- Exemple: 20° C becomes 72° F
To call France from the US dial 011 then the
number (skip the 0)
on flag to go back to home page !