Even More Out and About in Normandie!

We have been very busy the past few weeks, and have seen tons of beautiful, interesting, and emotionally moving sites not far from our home. I’ll cover the highlights today, and follow up later with more details of each location.

A few weeks ago, we met up with our son-in-law’s mother and sister in St. Malo (it’s actually located in Britany, but not far from our home). It was great to see them, and to explore the old section of the city. We walked along the ramparts and enjoyed the view of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.

We visited two châteaux, Château de Carrouges and Château de Canon.

Gatehouse at Château de Carrouges

Château de Canon

The gardens at Château de Canon are stunning.

We enjoyed a little hiking, and expansive views at La Roche d’Oëtre, referred to as Normandie’s Switzerland.

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We found another Les Plus Beaux Village de France, Beuvron-en-Auge, on our way to Bayeux earlier this week, and observed a group of very kind people help reunite a lost dog with his human.

In Bayeux we saw the famous tapestry, and Cathédrale Notre-Dame Bayeux. The tapestry is an amazing work of embroidery, over 200 feet long! My mom was quite an accomplished embroiderer in her lifetime, and I wish I could have brought her here to see it. Photos are not allowed, but there is a replica available for photos.

Our main reason for visiting Bayeau was to visit the American Military Cemetery and Omaha Beach. I wish I could have brought my father to visit these locations. His brother was one of the many soldiers here on D-Day. I know it would have been meaningful to him to have seen where his brother served during the war. Dad also served in WWII, and was stationed on the Ticonderoga in the Pacific.

Many people still place flowers at the base of this monument.

Neville continues to be the talk of the neighborhood with his antics.

Check back over the next few weeks as I write more about our adventures.

Stay safe and healthy,

Tricia

17 thoughts on “Even More Out and About in Normandie!

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  1. So beautiful! The views on your hikes are really amazing (and as always, I enjoy your visits to the châteaus). And how special to visit the American Military Cemetery – what a privilege to be able to pay your respects there. I’m looking forward to read your future posts about these visits … and glad to see dear Neville is still doing ok in his new country.

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  2. It feels to me as if these Normandie wanderings could be infinite. Bayeux must be an essential stop when in the region, with so many heavyweight sites. How did the replica tapestry compare to the real thing?

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  3. Wonderful post to follow along with today! I really love your pictures. I read about the Bayeux tapestry and would love to see it in person. And of course visiting the cemetery and beaches of D-Day would be amazing. Both beautiful and moving experiences for you, ones that I am sure your family shared with you.

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  4. I’ve visited St. Malo and Bayeux (D-Day Beaches of Normandy) during my time living in the region. It’s very strange to see St. Malo so sunny and bright, as it’s notorious for being overcast and gloomy (which I believe adds a unique beauty to the place). Must’ve been poignant to have visited the American Military Cemetery, especially for your family’s sake…it’s actually a U.S. territory, which is mind-blowing given that it’s in, well, France! Definitely a piece of home in an adopted country, that’s for sure!

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  5. Oh wow its just beautiful…you have so much on your doorstep. The D-day beaches have long been on our list and I’m shamed we haven’t made it yet. We are currently in Carcassonne and loving it….I could spend a year in France and not scratch the surface

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  6. You live in a jealousy inducing locale, Travels Through My Lens. What beautiful photos. The gatehouse of the Chateau de Carrouges, and the town of Beuvron-de-Auge. Oh my! Don’t see things like that on this side of the pond!

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