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A few questions to help me plan for Normandy

A few questions to help me plan for Normandy

Old Mar 30th, 2012, 02:26 PM
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Another approach might be to take the train diectly to Bayeux. Make that your base and tour from there. There is a shuttle that the Hotel Churchill offers to Mont St. Michel. 90 minutes each way with three hours at the Mont. You arrive at 10AM before the tourists. That way you avoid the three hour TGV to Rennes and and extra change of hotels. You could rent your car if desired after the tour and avoid an extra day or two of charges.
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 02:37 PM
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I second the suggestions that you base yourself in Bayeux. We stayed there for 4 days a couple of years ago and loved it. As waterdog and others have said, Bayeux has good hotels, great restaurant (we liked Le Frangale (?)
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waterdog (love the screen name!), is 3 hours enough?
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Old Mar 30th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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I second the suggestions that you base yourself in Bayeux. It's a great central location, has good hotels, great restaurants (we like La Fringale, but others mentioned above were good also), the Tapestry, and a WWII museum that some say is better than Caen's. Bayeux is much prettier than Caen, which was mostly destroyed during WWII and is now quite modern.
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We spent 6 days in Normandy and couldn't quite fit in MSM. Just us.
And certainly there's no "disrespect", but don't let anyone play the "age" card on you!! you do have to make up your own mind what is best, but going into Paris for a night will cut your days down in Normandy.
If you do that, perhaps you should reverse your trip--spend the first in Paris, go to Normandy and return to CDG. I am all about consolidating moving in and out of hotels, and combining travel "needs" like trains and cars.
Maybe you should take the train from Paris to Rennes (is that right?), rent a car, and go to MSM FIRST after Paris.
I think spending your first night IN Paris is a total game changer. Just a thought.
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IREGEO- For us 3 hrs. was enough. Others may want a longer time. Our driver also acted as tour guide once we were at the Mont and then left us alone for lunch. During the drive he described the several towns and sights we drove through. Transport was in a van, not a motor coach.
The advantage for us was that he picked us up right outside our hotel. Since we were on a tour, we could park right at the entrance and avoid the parking lot. We booked the tour through our hotel and the cost was added on the bill.
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