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  • 1 Corniche normande Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14360 Trouville-sur-Mer

    After strolling along the wooden promenade (planches) of Trouville, just as Courbet and Proust did in their time, drive towards Honfleur and its old port. In the midst of the green countryside, you will catch glimpses of lovely properties and the Sei..

  • 2 Côte Fleurie Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 14800 Deauville

    The coast road along the Côte Fleurie is dotted with seaside resorts, beginning with Deauville, which owes its reputation to its luxurious hotels and facilities and elegant events (racing, sailing and tournaments). The town stretches out along a 2km-..

  • 3 Musée du mobilier miniature Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    9 r. du Château F - 14170 Vendeuvre

    The orangery of Vendeuvre Castle houses an exceptionally fine collection of miniature furniture, models or masterpieces. Admire the technical perfection and the meticulous attention to detail (ivory inlay, chased bronze, paintings and embroidery). 19..

  • 4 Municipal Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    6 r. Charles-Corbeau F - 27000 Évreux

    The old chapter house contains religious art objects from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: statues made of polychrome wood, Aubusson tapestries, tombstone plaques and capitals. In the basement, note the archeology room where the ancient Gallo-Rom..

  • 5 Gaillard Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    chemin de Château-Gaillard F - 27700 Les Andelys

    There are hardly any elements left from the castle desired by King Richard the Lion Hearted. The small castle was separated from the main fort by a deep ditch. Only the tallest of the five towers, which defended the small castle, remains. It was the ..

  • 6 The Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    3 pl. de l'Abbé-Herluin F - 27800 Le Bec-Hellouin

    The new abbey-church was laid out in the former refectory. An 11C sarcophagus houses the body of Herluin, who founded the abbey. The old abbey-church was demolished in the 19C and the 15C tower is its biggest remaining element. The cloister is one of..

  • 7 Cathedral of N.-D.- of Evreux Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    19 Rue Charles-Corbeau F - 27000 Évreux

    It shared the slings and arrows of the town's fortunes, burned on occasions and often rebuilt. Do not miss the flamboyant north door and, inside, the wrought iron grill closing off the choir stalls, the stained-glass windows (considered the finest ex..

  • 8 Château fort Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Blanmont F - 27140 Gisors

    Built back in 1097 by William II, King of England and son of William the Conqueror, this castle was further fortified in the 12C by Henry II before being taken by Philippe Auguste of France in 1193. During the Hundred Years War the castle changed han..

  • 9 Abbaye de Hambye Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    rte de l'Abbaye F - 50450 Hambye

    This abbey, founded around 1145 by the local lord, Guillaume Paynel, was used as a stone quarry following the Revolution and partly ruined. The severe appearance of the building is softened by elegant lancet windows. The Gothic choir has retained its..

  • 10 Nez de Jobourg Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Dannery

    This long, rocky and barren promontory surrounded by reefs, is the most impressive cape of the wild Hague coast. Its most impressive aspects can be admired from the Nez de Voidries, which commands a view north of Écalgrain, the lighthouse off Cap de ..

  • 11 North Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50100 Cherbourg

    The corniche road which skirts the North Coast of the Cotentin from Cherbourg to Barfleur, commands lovely views of the coast, particularly between Bretteville and Fermanville.

  • 12 Church of Mont-St-Michel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The exterior of the church, particularly the east end, is a masterpiece with its buttresses, rampant arches, bell turrets and balustrades. The interior reveals a marked contrast between the severe, sombre Romanesque nave and the elegant, luminous Got..

  • 13 Refectory Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The effect is mysterious; the chamber is full of light although it appears to have only two windows in the end wall. A closer look reveals that the architect introduced a row of slim niches very high up in each recess to admit light without weakening..

  • 14 Cité de la Mer Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Gare Maritime Transatlantique F - 50100 Cherbourg-Octeville

    As its name suggests the City of the Sea is a centre dedicated to all things maritime. The exhibition space (1500m 2/1800yd 2) is divided into two areas. The first, focusing on the Ocean and its treasures, houses an aquarium (more than 10m/27ft high)..

  • 15 Mont-St-Michel manuscripts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - 50300 Avranches

    In 1791, Mont Saint Michel monastery was stripped of its assets. A collection of 4 000 volumes from its library has been amassed at the Scriptorial in Avranches, including 203 manuscripts, some of which date from the 9C and represent the spiritual, i..

  • 16 Ham Rocks Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50890 Condé-sur-Vire

    The magnificent escarpment of Ham Rocks rises to an altitude of 80m, inside a meander of the River Vire. From the first platform along the way, one dominates the deep, calm and remote valley of the same name. 150m further on along the path, one reach..

  • 17 Abbey Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50430 Lessay

    Lessay's Abbey Church, mainly erected in 1098, is one of the most perfect expressions of Romanesque art in Normandy. Note the pure lines of the apse, the fine square bell tower and the schist roofs. Inside, note the amazing plan, the harmony of the s..

  • 18 Sées Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 61500 Sées

    Sées's Gothic Cathedral, built in the 13C and 14C, encountered many vicissitudes as the West front shows with its vast porch supported by heavy buttresses. Inside, note the large arches of the nave, the chancel and the transept lit by magnificent sta..

  • 19 Église St-Joseph Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    134 bd François-1er F - 76600 Le Havre

    The sobriety of the lines of this reinforced concrete building surmounted by an octagonal 109m high bell tower is characteristic of the Perret style. The interior effect with the squares is extremely eye-catching. The base of the bell-tower, forming ..

  • 20 Port of Le Havre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Port Autonome F - 76600 Le Havre

    With the restoration of its docks and the recent architectural additions of Jean Nouvel, Le Harve is now renowned as a place of cutting-edge building design as well as a resort and port. Since the opening of Port 2000 in 2006, Le Havre can accommodat..

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