Pack Your Bags: The Perfect Normandy Itinerary
Over the weekend, we went with my students to Normandy. What started as a regular group trip evolved into an epic getaway when my friend, Stacy, hooked us up with a stay in the Chateau de Servigny. As you may have imagined, my students heads nearly fell off when we rolled up and they saw our accommodations for the weekend.
Luckily, the fun didn't stop there. We had a day in Bayeaux- eating at our favorite spot and seeing the famous tapestry, touring the D-Day beaches, visiting Mont St. Michel in all of its Easter Sunday madness, frolicking through the port side town of Honfleur and wandering through Monet's garden in Giverny.
Normandy isn't the easiest place to get to from Paris, but I'm going to make it a little easierby doing a suggested itinerary for a few days there. In exchange, you have to indulge me and see a slew of pictures from our weekend away. If it's any consolation, most were taken by Stacy (who just happens to be an amazing photographer) and they are really pretty.
THE PERFECT NORMANDY ITINERARY
DAY ONE | DEPART FOR NORMANDY
You have a few options to get to Normandy- either rent a car at Hertz in Gare du Nord or train from Paris to Caen. From there, rent a car and drive from there.
Head to Bayeux (approximately 20 minutes from Caen).
Lunch at La Moulin de Galette (get the Galette l'Aure - but sub out the chicken for ham. It's incredible.)
Spend the rest of the day enjoying the tiny town of Bayeux: visit the Bayeux Tapestry, explore the town, or wandering through the town's stunning cathedral.
DAY TWO | D-DAY BEACHES
Wake up. Have breakfast in Bayeux.
Explore Utah Beach.
Drive to St-Mere-Eglise. Explore the Paratroopers Museum there. See the "paratrooper" hanging in memory of the US soldier who survived German fire by playing dead as he hung, stuck on the village's church steeple, during the chaos of D-Day. Eat lunch. Visit the tasty bakery in town.
Drive to La Pointe du Hoc. Visit the stunning place dotted with craters from explosions and explore German armories.
Visit Omaha Beach & The American Cemetery above the beach.
Return to Bayeux. Relax for the evening in town.
DAY THREE | MONT ST MICHEL & VILLEDIEU-LES-POÊLES
Breakfast in Bayeux- at the hotel or from one of the nearby local cafes.
Depart for Mont St. Michel. (If you're not up for driving. Hotel Churchill offers a daily shuttle from their hotel to Mont St. Michel at an affordable rate!) The drive is two hours from Bayeux, and you'll have to either take the shuttle bus from the parking lot or walk 30 minutes to the famous rocky village.
Explore Mont St. Michel. Eat in town, do some souvenir shopping, explore the Abbey on top of the town, and enjoy the views offered from the top. You'll want about 2.5 hours to explore the town after you reach the base of it.
Depart Mont St. Michel. If you leave early enough, you can stop for lunch in Villedieu Les Poeêles. This tiny town is not only really cute with lots of cafes, shops and bakeries, but it also is the home to Mauviel copper cookware- the fancy kind that you can buy for 3x the cost in Williams-Sonoma.
Drive on to Honfleur, spend the evening eating in one of the endless restaurants dotted around the tiny seaside town.
DAY FOUR | HONFLEUR, GIVERNY & RETURN TO PARIS
Wake up in Honfleur. Shop around the town. Eat lunch in a cafe around the main port in the sunshine. Wander through the little streets. Visit Saint Catherine's Cathedral to see the naval-esque architecture of the fishing town.
Depart Honfleur for Giverny. Wander through Monet's family home, manicured gardens and legendary water garden.
Drive back to Paris in time for dinner and an evening settling back into the City of Lights.
*images original to Aspiring Kennedy by L'Amour de Paris