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day trip to normandy from london feasible?

Old Jan 18th, 2007, 04:08 AM
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day trip to normandy from london feasible?

We're traveling to London in March and would prefer to stay there and take a few day trips - to paris and normandy. is a day trip to normandy feasible from London?
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Old Jan 18th, 2007, 04:30 AM
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I have not checked but presumbly you could fly in to Caen or somewhere like that from London, but you would end up with just a couple of hours in Normandy and that is pointless, you wouldn't see hardly anything other than the airport and that is if the flight times are kind to you and are on time.

If you want to see anything of any value in Normandy go there for a few days at least otherwise you will really be wasting your time.

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I can't imagine being able to do a day trip from London, why not base yourself in Paris as well for a few nights? Then you can go to Paris and do a day trip to Normandy. Doing just a day trip to Paris is feasible, but that is a lot of time and expense travelling, just like it would be to Normandy (and you'd have maybe an hour in Normandy before you have to turn back!)

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Old Jan 18th, 2007, 04:55 AM
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Not really.

The only airport in Normandy with flights from London (Deauville) only has one flight a day, which comes back to London 45 minutes after landing. Boats to Cherbourg are mostly overnight, and take forever. and it's a surprisingly time-consuming drive (at least 2 hrs each way) from the Calais-Frethun Eurostar station even to Rouen, and you presumably want to go deeper into Normandy than that.

There's alleged to be a schedule from "Brighton" airport to Caen with an airline called Skysouth that'd just about allow lunch and a bit of sightseeing in Caen. But the airport's actually in Shoreham, which takes a fair amount of time to get to from London.

If you want a bit of non-Parisian France, get a very early train to Calais, hire a car and potter through some of the wonderful Flemish towns of northern France, or drive as far as Le Tougquet for lunch.
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PS:

I thought I was typing Le Touquet.

And going to Paris for the day is effortless and well worth doing. Thousands of us - probably hundreds of thousands of us - do it regularly, whether it's for a leisurely lunch, a spot of shopping or to catch up on a current exhibition. In fact, you can easily do all three and be back for supper.
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