Normandy is both typical of France and yet unique at the same time. It's rustic countryside and wonderful views mark it as typically French. Yet Normandy's combination of modern and ancient history make it unique, in France if not the world. Where else than in Normandy can you visit the location of such a modern world changing event as D-day and yet the next day visit ancient history like the launching point for the invasion of England by William the Conqueror? Only in Normandy!
Normandy has a number of distinct regions, the coast featuring world famous D-day beaches, the inland area consisting of an 'open country' made up mostly of plains and farmland and the woodlands where some of France's best horses are breed and milk is produced.
D-Day 2015: 24 hours in Normandy.
Arromanches Then & Now: Set of three than and now photos of this Normandy town.
Avranches - 45-minute drive from Mont-Saint-Michel and home to its manuscripts, also has a Patton Monument and a former Cathedral.
Bayeux Tapestry - Tells the story of the Norman conquest of England.
Bayeux Then & Now: See how Bayeux looked early in the 20th century and how it looks today.
Carentan Then & Now: Set of 5 then and now photos of Carentan France.
Caen Memorial (Le Mémorial de Caen) - Much more than a museum.
Mont-Saint-Michel - Its pointed silhouette is world famous but until you have seen it for yourself you can't really understand what the fuss is all about.
Omaha Beach - Longest of the five D-Day Beaches.
Sainte-Mère-Église - First town liberated during D-Day.
Utah Beach - Farthest west of the five D-Day Beaches.