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5 Most Beautiful Villages In Normandy France
Adorable towns and villages dot Normandy
Giverny – Monet’s Garden
Giverny, the first of the 5 most beautiful villages in Normandy France, is most noted as painter Claude Monet’s home. He lived, and worked, here from 1883 until his death in 1926. His former home and stunningly impressive gardens, are now the Foundation Claude Monet museum. Touring the expansive gardens is a beautifully serene experience.
If you get there early enough. Get there late and you’ll find it hard to enjoy the tranquility.
The village of Giverny is also a real pleasure. With a population of only 500, the village with its shops, galleries, and restaurants, can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.Are these the 5 Most Beautiful Villages in Normandy, France? You decide. #TBIN Click To Tweet
Rouen – Where Joan of Arc Met Her Demise
Well, I guess Rouen can’t really be classified as a village, now that I think of it. But, I’m sure that you won’t hold that against me, because this moderate sized city of about 100,000 is such a great place to visit.
Known primarily as the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, Rouen is an exciting place to visit with its cobblestone pedestrian center and medieval half-timbered houses.
But, in addition to its old town charm, Rouen is a modern and progressive city. The pedestrian center is a thriving area with plenty of restaurants, al fresco dining, and life music at various locations. This place is a great place to hang out to enjoy a couple of drinks and people watch.
And, like many progressive cities these days, Rouen offers its own bike share program. A great way to get around town.
Without any doubt, Honfleur ranks in the top 10 of our favorite villages anywhere. This place is a must see when visiting Normandy.
Situated on the banks of the English Channel where the Seine empties, this quaint port town is one of the highlights of visiting Normandy. From the port with its unique slate gray buildings to the charming downtown with lovely shops, galleries, and restaurants, you will not want to leave.
Take in the one-of-a-kind cathedral, or climb the hill to visit a moving little chapel high above the town, or stroll the incredibly narrow back streets to breath in the full experience. After spending time in Honfleur, you will understand why it makes my list of the 5 most beautiful villages in Normandy France, and why it has drawn so many famous artists.
Beuvron-en-Auge is certainly the smallest of the villages in terms of size, but not in terms of character. This towns charm is that it packs so much charm into such a compact space.
It truly is like a picture postcard with its half-timbered houses, its market and country houses set round the town square.
Mont St Michel
I know, I know! You are probably rolling your eyes and mumbling under you breath, “Mont St Michel isn’t a village, it an abbey!”
Well, I’m here to tell you that there is a pretty little village at the foot of the abbey. Pretty, that is, if you can beat the crowds! And, you do that by making sure that you are either there first thing, or better yet, stay on the island. You’ll have it to yourself. Almost!
Now, I will grant you that this area can be very touristy, but look beyond, that take in the architecture and the beauty outside the walls. It really is remarkable.
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