de Reve" Le Bourg, Notre Dame de Touchet, 55140 FRANCE
the North are the ports of Cherbourg and St. Malo. The famous landing
beaches and battle sites of the second world war. To the South the
Loire valley is only one hour away and to the West you have the world
heritage sight of Mont St Michel leading onto the North Brittany coast.
in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is
second to none.
One of the first places that the Titanic visited on its fateful
journey and quickly liberated from the Nazis after the Normandy
Landings, Cherbourg has a rich and often tragic past.
Both events are marked in outstanding museums in the city, with
a brilliant Titanic exhibition in the famous Citè de la Mer
('City of the Sea'), which is also home to the incredible La
Redoubtable, the world's largest submarine.
has lots of good restaurants and is a great place to try some
of the tastes of Normandy, a region famous for its apples, cider,
mussels and rich butters and cheeses. A visit into the heart
of the Old Town will take you to the fresh fish market at Le
Vieille Ville, or you can wander through the grand markets of
the Place de Gaulle, for fresh produce, delicatessens and flower
stalls. If you're looking for great shopping, there is the shopping
centre beside the river, Les Éléis, which has big international
and national brands, as well as some local stores, all housed
inside a spectacular glass and metal building that is designed
to reflect the light.
beautiful city of St Malo in Brittany curves out to sea on a
stunning natural harbour that has created some of the best sandy
beaches on the Emerald Coast.
Rising out of the granite rock, St Malo is a maze of medieval
streets bursting with history and culture. The legacy of the
pirates of the 19th century and the siege during the Second
World War entwines with the bustling array of arty shops and
the delicious smells from restaurants, markets and cafes, for
a romantic atmosphere. Oysters and crêpes are local delicacies
to be enjoyed throughout the restaurants and markets of the
the ancient walled town, forms the heart of St Malo where the
stunning Gothic and Romanesque Cathédrale de St Malo dominates
the skyline. Walking along its ramparts, visitors can see spectacular
views of the town and harbour, including the islands and forts
scattered just out at sea. The pretty islands of Grand Be and
Petit Be can be visited on foot at low tide, with the Fort National
reachable on foot from St Malo's longest beach, the Grand Plage.
If you enjoy hiking, the GR 34 coastal path travels right around
the Emeral Coast and extends across most of Brittany's coast
from Mont St Michel to Le Tour-de-Parc.
of the D-Day landings
the morning of 6th June 1944, the Normandy coastline was scattered
with Allied landing ships amd warships were sitting further
out, prepared for naval bombardment of the German guns. Hundreds
more ships were in the English Channel throughout the day, bringing
over 132,000 troops from England to Normandy on D-Day alone.
A further 23,000 airborne troops were landed nearby the night
before to capture and secure key positions including German
gun batteries that could fire on the landing beaches.
there are many memorials at the beaches and along the Normandy
coastline here. German bunkers, gun batteries and other evidence
of the intense fighting that took place still litter the landscape.
We can now enjoy these beautiful beaches for the peace and enjoyment
they offer us today, but the incredible events that took place
at these historic sites offer an entirely different aspect.
rich landscape offers great rivers, vibrant cities like Orleans
and Tours, historical medieval towns such as Chinon and Loches,
beautiful villages like Montresor, natural parks in La Brenne
and Anjou, some of the best wines of France and a host of local
There is a plethora of festivals throughout the year to give
you a taste of the region's unique culture and heritage.
Loire River (the longest in France) is the thread that binds
this area together but its tributaries of the Cher, the Vienne,
the Indre and other rivers in the region such as the Creuse
and the Claise give an added dimension to the region by providing
attractive valleys and landscapes to stimulate interest.
Within the Loire Valley, France's third largest wine producer,
vineyards and wine making are rooted in the very heart of its
culture and heritage. Its official wine route which is marketed
under the umbrella of 'La route des vignobles' stretches a total
of 800km from Nantes in the west to Sancerre in the east.
St Michel in Normandy is a granite tidal island just off the
coast, famous for its majestic abbey.
One of France's main tourist attractions, the Mont St Michel
captivates the 3 million visitors every year who come to experience
the magic of this sacred place. The incredible 11th century
abbey rises out of the mists. Known in France as La Merveille
('The Marvel') the Mont is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.
The first church here, on which the abbey is built, was created
by St Aubert after a vision of the Archangel Michael.
to the Mont is across a causeway through the Baie du Mont St
Michel, an area of mudflats known for its extreme tides that
sweep in quickly and can catch out the unsuspecting! Take the
walk to the abbey at the top of the Mont, wandering up stone
stairs and through the Mont's one street, the Grande Rue where
you'll find créperies, restaurants and gift shops full of souvenirs
to remember your journey to the Mont. Stay overnight to truly
enjoy the beauty of the Mont St Michel when it is quieter and
floodlit - the illumination makes the architecture even more
striking as you sample some fantastic seafood in the Mont's
restaurants. There is also the Mont St Michel Marathon most
years in May that runs from nearby Cancale to the Mont itself,
the competitors not only racing each other but also the bay's
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