Much anticipated,
we spent a long weekend in

Bonjour, Miss Dreamy :)

We took the Eurostar train to Calais
and drove south to Normandy


France and England have a long history in this region

All English schoolchildren know that in 1066AD
William The Conqueror (Duke of Normandy)
 invaded England,
creating a huge turning point in English history

Isn't it a wonder why he left?
So gorgeous :)


Centuries later
French Normandy was occupied by England forces
during the Hundred Years' War (1345 - 1360)
and then again 1415 - 1450


Another major turning point in history -
Normandy is famous for the D-Day landings
on June 6, 1944

We took a guided tour of the area
{ fascinating and moving }

D-Day landing site
Normandy American Cemetery
Craters from bombings

'gîtes' are popular accommodations in France
They are self-catering cottages
Some include breakfast

The few times we've traveled to France,
I liked it but I didn't really 'get' it

But since our recent trip to Normandy,
I've pulled out the guidebook
to hatch a plan...

...for adding more photos to my French collection :)


- all photos by moi -
Source: Wikipedia