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Normandy - Central Location

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Normandy - Central Location

We are going to be spending 4 or 5 nights in Normandy in November. We want to see the D Day Beaches, Memorials, etc. We would prefer not to switch hotels every night or two. Would Honfleur be a good central location for us? We will pick up a rental car when we land at Charles De Gaulle so we do have transportation. If Honfleur is not a good choice, does anyone have other ideas?

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1. Re: Normandy - Central Location

unless you want to drive 3-4 hrs for day trips it is a better idea to have at least 2 locations.

Bayeux for DD beaches etc.... and St Malo for Mont St Michel and Dinan.

this map should give you an idea of travel times https://goo.gl/maps/iTQac

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2. Re: Normandy - Central Location

I think you need to look at a map. Honfleur is some 100 km (60 miles) east of the D-Day invasion beaches. Bayeux would be much better.

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3. Re: Normandy - Central Location

Agree. Normandy is very large, so large the département is divided into Normandie Basse and Normandie Haute. Honfleur is a pretty place, but it's not a good base for the DDay beaches or the WWII sites. I too think you need a map.

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4. Re: Normandy - Central Location

Thank you everyone for your thoughts. I do have a map and will check out Bayeux. We are landing at Charles de Gaulle direct from San Francisco and will get a car and get on the road. I was worried Bayeux would be too far of a drive after landing but maybe not. Thoughts?

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5. Re: Normandy - Central Location

Flying in from the West Coast changes things. you will be so jetlagged that trying to drive for more than 1 hr is never recommended and some advocate not driving at all on arrival.

I get to sleep on the plane so I can do the one hour. with that in mind on our next trip I will be stopping for an overnight in Vernon to take advantage of a visit to Monet's Garden before moving on to the rest of Normandie.

I do not like backtracking so on this leg we plan on staying in Honfleur then moving to Bayeux then to St Malo with 1 or 2 nights in each location as this area does not lend well to radiating from a central location.

Edited: 22 August 2014, 05:56
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