10 Picturesque Villages in Normandy

April 5, 2017 at 1:00:00 PM EDT | Post a Comment

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There’s something different about Normandy. Settled by the Vikings, then reigning as an independent duchy that included England until 1204, Normandy retains a unique flair different from the rest of France. You see it in the half-timbered houses, in its devotion to cider over wine, in the rugged, rainy coastline. And you see it in the unsurpassed number of flower-filled villages, perched along the Seine, in wooded glens, amid apple orchards, along cliff-edged beaches, as scenic as can be. Artists, including the most famous Impressionists, flocked here to capture these villages and their surrounding landscapes on canvas (Monet lived most of his life at Giverny, after all), and stayed for its regional cheeses, cider (or cidre), seafood, and warm hospitality. Within easy reach of Paris, this pastoral province edging the English Channel is a great place to rent a car and drive down quiet winding lanes, discovering village after village of bucolic allure. Here are some suggestions to get you started.—Barbara Noe Kennedy

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