See the White Chalk Cliffs and Arches at Etretat in Normandy, France

White cliffs at Etretat

The white cliffs and three natural rock arches of Etretat are some of the best-known sights in Upper Normandy in France and a popular day-trip destination. Etretat is famous for its three natural arches and white chalk cliffs that tower high over the Atlantic Ocean in Normandie, France. These natural wonders are freely accessible, as … Read more

Visit Saint Ouen – a Huge Gothic Abbey Church in Rouen

Former Abbey Church of St Ouen in Rouen seen from the east

The High Gothic Church of St Ouen in Rouen with marvelous stained-glass windows and a magnificent CavaillĂ©-Coll organ is even bigger than Rouen cathedral. The former Benedictine abbey (abbaye) church of St Ouen in Rouen, Normandy, is one of the jewels of Gothic architecture. Many bishoprics would be honored to have such a church as … Read more

Visit the Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy

Relief of Harold Swearing an Oath in Bayeux Cathedral

Notre Dame de Bayeux is an interesting Gothic cathedral with an 11th-century Norman-Romanesque core dating from the times of William the Conqueror. The Romanesque-Gothic cathedral of Bayeux is not the oldest, largest, or most impressive cathedral in France but it has a beautiful interior and a history that makes it well worth seeing. Most of … Read more

See the Bayeux Tapestry and Museum in Normandy

Harold Dead in the Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the greatest medieval artworks. It depicts the story of Harold, William the Conqueror, and the Norman conquest of England in 1066. One of the greatest artworks of the Middle Ages is the Bayeux Tapestry. This 70-m long embroidered cloth is a political statement par excellence. It tells the story … Read more

Visit the German Battery at Longues-sur-Mer in Normandy

German Gun at Longues-sur-Mer

The Batterie allemande near Bayeux in Normandy is a well-preserved German coastal defense battery with four guns used on D-Day still in place. Longues-sur-Mer on the coast of Normandy near Arromanches and Bayeux has the only German coastal defense battery classified as an historic monument on the D-Day landing beaches. The British and French navies … Read more

Visit La Pointe du Hoc in Normandy

La Pointe du Hoc in Normandy

The capture of Pointe du Hoc by US Rangers was one of the most heroic acts on D-Day. The bomb-scarred terrain and battery are open to visitors. The cliff top German gun battery at Pointe du Hoc was one of the prime Allied targets at the start of D-Day on June 6, 1944. US Rangers … Read more

Visit Rouen Cathedral – Gothic at its Best in Normandy

Doves on saints on Rouen Cathedral

The magnificent Gothic Rouen Cathedral has the tallest church spire in France and a wealth of art, history, and architectural details. Rouen Cathedral (La cathĂ©drale primatiale Notre-Dame de l’Assomption de Rouen) is one of the most impressive Gothic churches ever built. Construction dragged on for three centuries allowing all forms of the Gothic spectrum from … Read more

Visit the Bayeux War Cemetery with British and Commonwealth Graves

Headstones of British Graves in the Bayeux War Cemetery

The Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in the Normandy is the largest Second World War British military cemetery in France. The Bayeux War Cemetery, with the graves of nearly 5,000 soldiers, is the largest Second World War cemetery of British war casualties in France. The cemetery has the graves of nearly 4,000 British soldiers … Read more