Normandy is known to all as the location of the infamous D-Day. An event during World War 2 that completely changed the tides of the war to the west’s side. But not only that, but it was also the day where countless soldiers lost their life. And has now become a landmark where the people can see and experience what it was like to actually be on that beach.
But D-Day is not the only thing that defines Normandy. Because this country also has some of the most beautiful sceneries in Europe. With quaint seaside resorts and rolling green hills filled with sheep and breathtaking mountains, Normandy is considered to be almost fictional. And in this fictional place, there are more than enough things to do to satisfy your adventurous side. So without further ado, here are the three things you should definitely do while in Normandy.
See the White Cliffs of Etretat.
One of the best tourist destinations in all of Europe, the white cliffs of Etretat are a natural wonder to behold. With pearl white limestone cliffs that almost seem surreal and along with its beautiful arc formation; this is the place you want to be in if you’re looking to live out your wildest medieval fantasies.
You can trek along the cliffs at the top for a stellar view of the ocean and the rest of the cliffs. But if you’re looking for something more thrilling, then you can take a gravity-defying trail that will lead you straight to the Needle, which is a landmark that is a 70-meter high rock jutting out of the ocean. Either way, this place is a spectacle, so make sure you don’t miss it.
No stay in Normandy would be complete without visiting the beaches where the West landed in order to infiltrate Germany. It is a historic site, where countless souls were lost for a greater cause. Here, there are also countless museums and memorials dedicated to those people who put their life on the line. These museums span across 50 miles, so getting a tour guide would probably be for the best.
But even without visiting the museums and just taking a stroll on that beach, you will be able to have a more eerie experience. The same sands you would step on were the same as those who laid down their lives and met their fate on that beach. It is truly a dramatic and memorable experience to have.
Relax in Claude Monet’s House and Garden.
The home and garden of the artist Claude Monet is open for the public to see and tour. It has been preserved throughout these years in order to remember the late artist. You can go and have a tour around his home which is located in the town of Giverny. Here, you will be able to put yourself in the great artists’ shoes, and may even help motivate you to paint yourself.
But the main highlight here is definitely his astounding garden. It is filled with flowers that bloom throughout different seasons, in order for it to always look vibrant and alive. He designed them in a way to make it look as if they were wildflowers, which has helped make them a famous tourist destination.
Normandy is a place where history and culture meet. Despite it’s dark and violent past, and even if it will always be remembered for the event that is D-Day, the city of Normandy is, and always will be, a beautiful and stunning place to visit. …