Calvados in Deauville. A stroll through France’s famous resort.

Normandy – Land of Vikings, Calvados and endless beaches

Normandy is the most picturesque corner of France, where you can see picturesque hills and pastures with grazing cows of special Norman breed, orchards of apples and pears, fish markets coastal sea towns and endless beaches of the English Channel. Normandy is the land chosen by the Vikings, fearsome warriors but also very enterprising and inventive people who managed to transform it and make it fertile. Over the centuries, the golden book of the annals of this land included the names of authoritative and sometimes formidable characters: from Guillaume the Conqueror – the future King of England, to the victorious Richard the Lionheart, who, taking refuge behind the walls of his fortified castle of Chateau-Gayard, held King Philip August in his iron gauntlets. When it comes to Joan of Arc, it is a true symbol of courage. In this historical anthology, spiritual power was on an equal footing with secular power. This is evidenced by the luxury with which the architect monks built the legendary Mont Saint-Michel. The program of the day trip includes a visit to the city of Rouen with its famous cathedral, market square – the place of Joan of Arc’s execution, medieval streets of the old town. The city of Rouen is located in northwestern France. At the beginning of the X century it received a holy baptism of a Viking Rolon, who became the first Duke of Normandy. The city gained notoriety because of the trial of Joan of Arc: she was declared a heretic and burned at the stake in 1431 on the Vieux-Marche. Modern Rouen is a real museum of Gothic masterpieces. The beautiful Cathedral of Notre Dame looks different in different lights. The left tower was built in the Early Gothic period, but the right tower was not finished until the 15th century. Visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, the tomb of the Cardinals of Amboise. In the old town you can find many interesting places that leave a lasting impression. Rouen is a unique city in France! Then explore the towns on the English Channel coast: Etretat, famous for its cliffs, Honfleur, the prettiest little town on the coast, with its historic medieval town center, the port, the church of St. Catherine and numerous art galleries. The old town and its centuries-old houses with their worn facades are a cluster of cobbled streets and already bear witness to a past full of historic events. The city got its name from the Vikings, who called it Honnefle – from a combination of Honn and floo, which meant cove, and only then the part of its name was transformed into fleur – flower. The building from which the town was governed and the two salt barns illustrate the richness of Honfleur’s historical heritage. They are not only toured as places of interest, but they also host exhibitions and performances. The Church of St. Catherine is not just an old structure. It is a gem of ecclesiastical architecture, as it is the largest church in France with a separate wooden bell tower built by ship’s carpenters. Trouville is a resort town where you can sample the freshest seafood at the local fish market and Deauville with its giant beach, Casino and fashionable boutiques. In the Middle Ages it was a modest little village of barely a hundred inhabitants, mostly cattlemen and farmers, situated by the church of St Lawrence, perched on the hill of Mont Casini. Dosville, as the name of the town was then spelled, was not even aware of its prestigious future.

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When the Duke de Morny, half-brother of Napoleon III, was passing through Trouville in the summer of 1858, he had the genius idea of creating a village for the elite of the cultural and political world, two steps away from the French capital, on the sandy coastline of the village where the pastures were located. All in all, a kind of “kingdom” of elegance. It took 4 years to appear on the seashore, the prototype of a future town, so famous in the future for its exclusivity and elegance. And soon the high society began to visit the new fashionable town. It was an instant success! The legend of Deauville has lived on ever since, creating its international fame, reinforced by cinematography and the American Film Festival. On a 2-day trip through Normandy, a visit to the landing beaches in June 1944, Christian Dior’s house-museum with an exotic garden in Granville and a must-see visit to Mont Saint-Michel, a mountain-island-monastery, one of the wonders of medieval architecture can be added to this list. The long history of the origins of the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel dates back to 708, when the Bishop of Avranches ordered the erection of a temple in the name of the Archangel Michael on Mount Tombs, which is separated from the mainland by the ocean at high tide. Very soon the mountain became an important pilgrimage site. In the 10th century Benedictine monks settled in the abbey and a village began to grow down the mountain and reached the foot of the cliff in the 14th century. During the Revolution, the activities of the religious community were discontinued and the abbey was used as a prison until 1863. In 1874, Mont St Michel was granted the status of a historic monument and the abbey became the subject of extensive restoration work. The work carried out allows visitors to rediscover the former splendor of the abbey, which the inhabitants of the Middle Ages imagined as the heavenly Jerusalem on earth, a prototype of Paradise. A perfect combination with the Brittany region on a 3-day trip. The program is made individually depending on the wishes of the client. It is possible to visit cider and Calvados production with tasting, cheese farms, etc. if you wish.

It is also possible to visit cider and Calvados production facilities, cheese farms, etc., if you wish.

Normandy – the land of Vikings, Calvados and endless beaches

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Normandy is the most picturesque corner of France, where you can see picturesque hills and pastures with grazing cows of a special Norman breed, orchards of apples and pears, fish markets in seaside seaside towns and endless beaches of the English Channel. Normandy is the land chosen by the Vikings, fearsome warriors but also very enterprising and inventive people who managed to transform it and make it fertile. Over the centuries, the golden book of the annals of this land included the names of authoritative and sometimes formidable characters: from Guillaume the Conqueror – the future King of England, to the victorious Richard the Lionheart, who, taking refuge behind the walls of his fortified castle of Chateau-Gayard, held King Philip August in his iron gauntlets. When it comes to Joan of Arc, it is a true symbol of courage. In this historical anthology, spiritual power was on an equal footing with secular power. This is evidenced by the luxury with which the monk-builders built the legendary Mont Saint-Michel.

The program of the day trip includes a visit to the city of Rouen with its famous cathedral, market square – the place of Joan of Arc’s execution, medieval streets of the old town. The city of Rouen is located in the northwestern part of France. At the beginning of the X century it received a holy baptism of a Viking Rolon, who became the first Duke of Normandy. The city gained notoriety because of the trial of Joan of Arc: she was declared a heretic and burned at the stake in 1431 on the Vieux-Marche. Modern Rouen is a real museum of Gothic masterpieces. The beautiful Cathedral of Notre Dame looks different in different lights. The left tower was built in the early Gothic period, but the right tower was not finished until the 15th century. Visit the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, the tomb of the Cardinals of Amboise. In the old town you can find many interesting places that leave a lasting impression. Rouen is a unique city in France!

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Then explore the towns on the English Channel coast: Etretat, famous for its cliffs, Honfleur, the prettiest little town on the coast, with its historic medieval town center, the port, the church of St. Catherine and numerous art galleries. The old town and its century-old houses with their worn facades are a cluster of cobbled streets that bear witness to a past full of historic events. The city got its name from the Vikings, who called it Honnefle – from a combination of Honn and floo, which meant cove, and only then the part of its name turned into fleur – flower. The building from which the town was governed and the two salt barns illustrate the richness of Honfleur’s historical heritage. They are not only toured as places of interest, but they also host exhibitions and performances. The Church of St. Catherine is not just an old structure. It is a gem of ecclesiastical architecture, as it is the largest church in France with a separate wooden bell tower built by ship’s carpenters.

Deauville with its giant beach, Casino and fashionable boutiques. In the Middle Ages it was a modest little village of barely a hundred inhabitants, mostly cattlemen and farmers, situated by the church of St. Lawrence, perched on the hill of Mont Casini. Dosville, as the name of the town was then spelled, was not even aware of its prestigious future. When the Duke de Morny, half-brother of Napoleon III, was passing through Trouville in the summer of 1858, a genius idea occurred to him: to create a village for the elite of the cultural and political world, two steps away from the French capital, on the sandy coast of the village, where there were pastures. All in all, a kind of “kingdom” of elegance. It took 4 years to appear on the seashore, the prototype of a future town, so famous in the future for its exclusivity and elegance. And soon the high society began to visit the new fashionable town. It was an instant success! The legend of Deauville has lived on ever since, creating its international fame, reinforced by cinematography and the American Film Festival.

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On a 2-day trip through Normandy, you can add to this list a visit to the landing beaches in June 1944, Christian Dior’s house-museum with its exotic garden in Granville and a must-see

Mont Saint-Michel, a mountain-island monastery, is one of the wonders of medieval architecture. The long history of the origins of Mont Saint-Michel Abbey dates back to 708, when the Bishop of Avranches ordered the erection of a temple in the name of the Archangel Michael on Mount Tombs, which is separated from the mainland by the ocean at high tide. Very soon the mountain became an important pilgrimage site. In the 10th century Benedictine monks settled in the abbey and a village began to grow down the mountain and reached the foot of the cliff in the 14th century. During the Revolution, the activities of the religious community were discontinued and the abbey was used as a prison until 1863. In 1874, Mont St Michel was granted the status of a historic monument and the abbey became the subject of extensive restoration work. The work carried out allows visitors to rediscover the former splendor of the abbey, which the inhabitants of the Middle Ages imagined as the heavenly Jerusalem on earth, a prototype of Paradise.

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