Normandy is world famous for its historical and cultural heritage.
It holds its own legends and it, and its peoples have had a continuing, and profound influence on English history and its design and style. It has intriguing contrasts in both textures and moods and a leisurely walk through some of the villages of Normandy can be a lesson on English history.
The magnificent island of Mont-St-Michel is one of the most popular attractions in France. This miracle of man and nature inspired writers for centuries. On the island its townspeople constructed their homes of Normandy timber built to traditional, local designs within the walls of the incomparable Saint Michel Abbey. It was built on this granite rock in the sea off the coast as a monument to God, although ultimately it became a monument to man’s ingenuity and brilliant craftsmanship. Normandy's role in world history draws millions of visitors from around the world year after year.
|Mont Saint Michel|
But Normandy is also a place of rural tranquillity, a lush region of farmland, cider orchards and quaint, old-timbered villages.
And let's not forget the Norman coastline which stretches more than 370 miles (600km), filled with pretty harbourside villages and sandy beaches.
|The bridge of Normandy|
|Le Hameau, Marie Antoinette's 'Norman' village in the gardens at Versailles|