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Travel between Paris, Normandy and Brugges


Aug 25th, 2016, 09:27 AM
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Travel between Paris, Normandy and Brugges

We'll be taking a barge trip in France next year (October) to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. No.France ending in Dinant, Belgium. While in France (Paris) we would also like to visit Normandy (via train) and also include a trip to Brugges.......My question is how to do it all. We are in no hurry and don't want to try to squeeze in too much. Planning on spending up to three weeks for entire trip. Should we make the Normandy trip part of our time in Paris and then include the Brugges trip before or after our barge trip? Fly into Paris and out of Brussels? Any suggestions would help.
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Aug 25th, 2016, 09:40 AM
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Go to Brugge at the end of your trip and fly home from Brussel.
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Aug 26th, 2016, 12:01 AM
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Normandy is quite a huge region - you'd be way better off driving. From Dinant north to Bruges, then west to wherever in Normandie you wish to go, and that can cover a lot of ground.

From - say - the popular Mont St. Michel in the west to Cherbourg in the north, or Sainte-Mère Eglise which is a good starting point for D-Day tours (June 6 invasion by the Allies) - I recommend www.ddaybattletourse.com.

Or Bayeux (embroidery/tapestry for a history lesson), or Monet's house in Giverny - they are all a long way apart, and trains can sure slow you down.
For example, the Belgian trains from Dinant to Bruges take three hours and you switch trains twice after taking first a bus from Dinant to Namur. By car it's 2h20m.

Check www.sncf.fr for the French trains, and - to a point - also for the Belgian trains, which you can look up at www.belgianrail.be/en/
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Aug 26th, 2016, 03:52 AM
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Like Tulips says.
If not go from Paris to Bruxelles by train. Either from CDG or via Paris Nord. You need one hour from Patis Nord to CDG via RerB but you have many more trains.
Train Paris Bxl to be found on thalys.com.
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