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Norman Historical Sights/Best Itinerary

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Norman Historical Sights/Best Itinerary

Other than Mont. St. Michel, Amiens and Rouen Cathedrals, and the Bayeux tapestry, do you know of other gothic/Norman sights that are must sees for history buffs?

Would you suggest any alterations of this itinerary?

I was thinking

1 night in Amiens

2 nights in Rouen

2 nights in Bayeux or Calais? daytrip to the D-Day beaches

bus to St. Malo(1 or 2 nights) (trip to Mont. St Michel)

bus to Chartes (2 nights)

bus to Orly(am) flight 1:30

Does this look like a pretty decent plan?

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1. Re: Norman Historical Sights/Best Itinerary

Also, what would be your advice in terms of the best ways of traveling to those locations? Bus or train?

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This is where William the Conquerer was born.....

chateau-guillaume-leconquerant.fr/index_uk.p…

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Caen has two fine churches, the Abbaye des Hommes and the Abbaye des Femmes. Honfleur has the spectacular wooden church, with two main aisles instead of just one.

Pick up a copy of the Michelin Green Guide to Normandy and have a browse. There is SO much to see! The Guide has recommended itineraries, very useful for making the best use of your time, as well as a host of information on sights and how to see them.

The Normandy countryside is beautiful and best seen, we think, from a car.

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I presume you meant Bayeux or Caen and not Calais - Calais is a 3.5-4 hour drive north of Bayeux and not in Normandy. You won't be able to get buses between major towns, it would have to be trains and it will take quite a while. You would be much better off hiring a car.

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As thiaumerie has said you can.t get buses between those places. Protectionism for sNCF. Trouble is there's no practical train service either.

falaise chateau is where william was born. Chateau Gaillard built by richard Lion heart, was an impenatrable castle till philip August got in qnd threw out john lackland. You need a car to do all this.

Bayeux is a better lace to stay than caen.

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