Cadogan Guides: Normandy

Overview

Ruined abbeys perched above the mighty Seine, lush cider-apple orchards, half-timbered medieval towns, sandy beaches and the luminous cliffs that inspired the Impressionists – Normandy has all this and more. Special treasures of this enchanting region of France include Mont. St-Michel, the extraordinary rock abbey in the sea; sleepy Giverny with Monet's house and dazzling garden; lovely Bayeux with its magnificent cathedral and tapestry; and historic Caen, where William the Conqueror and his wife built their ...

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Overview

Ruined abbeys perched above the mighty Seine, lush cider-apple orchards, half-timbered medieval towns, sandy beaches and the luminous cliffs that inspired the Impressionists – Normandy has all this and more. Special treasures of this enchanting region of France include Mont. St-Michel, the extraordinary rock abbey in the sea; sleepy Giverny with Monet's house and dazzling garden; lovely Bayeux with its magnificent cathedral and tapestry; and historic Caen, where William the Conqueror and his wife built their celebrated his-and-hers abbeys. This authoritative new Cadogan guide takes you both to Normandy's great sights and to its hidden quirky corners, and points the way to exquisite places to eat and stay, from rustic farmhouses to glittering chateaux. A comprehensive tour through the beaches, places, museums and monuments associated with the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy in 1944 – the largest amphibious invasion ever seen – is another special feature of this lively and informative guide.
Inside you will find: over 280 hand-picked places to stay; over 270 restaurants, bars and cafes; stunning photography, including a special feature on the Bayeux Tapestry; the full low-down on Normandy's many delicacies and where to find them; an in-depth history of the D-day landings, including personal accounts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860111310
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: Cadogan Regional Guides
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Clare Hargreaves has had itchy feet ever since going out to live in Africa at the age of 8 months. Armed with a degree in French and Spanish, she trained as a journalist, including an 18-month posting in Paris with Reuters. When not on the road, Clare combines travel writing with cooking Mediterranean food professionally.

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'Normandy has its art heroes, with Monet leading the charge, and more than its fair share of literary heroes. Corneille, heroic playwright par excellence, came from Rouen. André Gide mounted a brilliant challenge to proverbial Catholic morality and hypocrisy in a series of novels for which he won the Nobel Prize. Maupassant wrote the sharpest, bitterest short stories in the French language, many as redolent of Normandy as the finest Calvados. Then of course there's Flaubert, whose Madame Bovary wastes away so despondently in Normandy, desperate for passion. On the whole Normandy's native literati have hardly given the province a good name, but the region's most stinking heroes are, of course, its cheeses.'

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