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Aug 14th, 2012, 03:39 AM
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Sundays in Normandy

We plan on driving to the Normandy area and are likely to be driving through all of the beautiful small towns on a Sunday. Is it a good idea or will shops and restaurants be closed on that day? Our plans are not set so we are very flexible.
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Aug 14th, 2012, 06:15 AM
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Hi

In rural France most shops tend to be closed on a Sunday. You might find a bakers open or Petit Casino (mini market/convenience store) open for a few hours on a Sunday morning but thats about all.

In many rural towns independent stores tend to also remain closed on Mondays!

Many restaurants do however open on Sundays, at least for lunch.

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Aug 14th, 2012, 08:02 AM
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10:30am Sunday mass would be a great time to visit one of the great Cathedrals of France and the Tapestry museum. A short walk away to Lion D Or which should be open for lunch or breakfast?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Cathedral
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Aug 14th, 2012, 08:38 AM
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As noted, you may find a store or two open on Sunday morning for the folks who forgot to pick up milk and a baguette on Saturday, but in small towns everywhere in France, most things are shut down on Sundays. You'll find cafés and restaurants open, though, so you won't starve.

I don't know why FrankS suggests going to mass - you could be any religion - (or assumes you'll be in Bayeux - Normandy is huge), but it's true that churches are almost always open, so that's a possibility on a Sunday in any town.
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Aug 14th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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Well, I do think Mass at the wonderful Bayeux cathedral plus seeing the Tapestry sounds like a good Sunday outing. D Day beaches nearby of course.
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Aug 15th, 2012, 04:39 AM
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Country towns and villages in many parts of Europe -- except the most heavily touristed places like San Gimignano -- give a new meaning to the word "quiet". If you are old enough, it will remind you of the Sundays of your childhood. Even in Paris, supermarkets have to close by 1 or 1:15.
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Aug 15th, 2012, 06:09 AM
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Thanks for the information, everyone.
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