Paris with Normandy and Brittany

Feb 17th, 2007, 06:38 AM
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Paris with Normandy and Brittany

What town in Normandy would make a good base to tour the area? Same question for Brittany?
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Feb 17th, 2007, 08:11 AM
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If the 'invasion' (World War II) is one of your interests, then Bayeaux is a very good base for Normandy. Plus it offers the tapestry, which predates WWII by several hundred years.

Bayeaux is a very nice place to visit.
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Feb 17th, 2007, 08:16 AM
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Brittany is too large for a single base, but Vannes would be considered a good base for the SE, Quimper for the western area, and Dinan for the area around St. Malo, Cancale and Mont Saint Michel.
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Feb 17th, 2007, 09:15 AM
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I agree with Michael about Brittany. We stayed in a Gite for 2 weeks near Dinan, & 1 week near Pt Aven (Quimper area). We were not able to see enough of Brittany without driving too much. This Sept, we'll be in Nantes for 2 days, Vannes for 1 day, then near the "Pink Rock" area of northern Brittany (west of St Brieuc) for 2 weeks.

Of the areas we've already visited, we much prefer the area in Northern Brittany around Dinan, over Southern Brittany in the Quimper region. There's more to do & see around Dinan, and the countryside is prettier, IMO.

When we visited Normandy, we based in Honfleur for a few days, and Bayeaux for a few because of the access to the WWII beaches & museums.

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Feb 17th, 2007, 09:40 AM
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From Paris, we drove to Honfleur. It's a pretty town with no shortage of restaurants, galleries & shops. From there, we took daytrips to Bayeux, the D-Day beaches and into the countryside. Next we went into Brittany where we broke up our stay: Dinan & at a place near Pont Aven. Like other posters have indicated, Brittany is simply too large an area for a single base. It's an amazingly diverse area of France geographically. Loved it!!!
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Feb 26th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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In Normandy, consider staying in Arromanches-les-Bain. Its quiet, well positioned, and there is something special to watching the ocean from your hotel room.

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Feb 26th, 2007, 12:41 PM
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Another vote for Dinan if you want to see Northern Brittany.
 
Feb 26th, 2007, 01:19 PM
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We actually stayed in Dinan for our whole Brittany stay, and yes we drove alot. We alternated long drive days with short ones!
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