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Basse-Normandie is a region and administrative area of France located on the country's northwest coast. It is bordered by the English Channel to the north and west, Bretagne and Pays de la Loire to the south, Centre to the southeast, and Haute-Normandie to the northeast. The region has three departments namely Orne, Calvados, and Manche, with Caen as its regional capital. 

Known as the birthplace of Impressionism, the region of Basse-Normandie is a delightful place filled with French historical monuments, mostly comprised of Roman Catholic abbeys, cathedrals, and plenty of chateaux of rich families in the region. It also has a few sites that tell snippets of the Second World War, before the D-Day, and before the arrival of the Allied Forces to Normandy in June 1944. 


What to see & do

Mont Saint Michel Abbey – The Mont Saint Michel Abbey is located within the city and island of Mont-Saint-Michel in Basse-Normandie, in the department of Manche. The abbey is an essential part of the structural composition of the town the feudal society constructed, and has been protected as a French monument historique (historical monument) since 1862. From 1979, the sight as a whole, including the bay, Mont Saint-Michel itself, and the surrounding establishments has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site as managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux. With over 1.33 million visitors in a single year (2010), the abbey is among the most visited cultural sites in France. Aside from the architecture and the history written on its strong walls, the whole complex, particularly the abbey, has spectacular art pieces reminiscent of the periods that it has passed. It has influences from the Renaissance, Medieval, and Gothic periods, as well as a few art nouveau pieces. 

Bayeux Cathedral – The Bayeux Cathedral is a Norman-Romanesque cathedral located in the town of Bayeux. It is the seat of the Bishop of Bayeux and was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry. A national monument of France, the site is an ancient establishment that has once been occupied by Roman sanctuaries. The present cathedral was consecrated on 1077 in the presence of William, the Duke of Normandy and King of England. It was here that William forced Harold Godwinson to take the oath, the breaking of which led to the Norman conquest of England. Apart from the Gothic exterior that is magnificent on its own, the interior of the Cathedral is another beauty of its own; lines of arcs and high ceilings welcome the visitor. Murals, as well intricately created stained glasses also give the church some colour to contrast the rather stone-grey fixings.

Airborne Museum – The Airborne Museum is a museum located in Sainte-Mere-Eglise in La Manche. It is dedicated to the memory of the troops of 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division who landed in Normandy a few hours before the Allied landings in Normandy. Its collections have been donated by the townspeople, and the surviving veterans who have come to live the tale. 

Gardens of La Ballue – The La Ballue is listed as one of the many historical sites of France. It is one of the more beautiful parks in France; a fundamental testimony of the history of gardens' art in the 20th century. Its labyrinths of mysterious paths and the pungent air surrounding it plays with the shadows and lights to create a wonderful and dreamy place to stroll on. 

Chateau de Vendeuvre – The Chateau de Vendeuvre is an establishment situated in the commune of Vendeuvre, near Lisieux of Normandy. It is classed as a historic monument both for its exterior and interior, as it is a prototypical aristocratic Norman country house. It was opened to the public in 1983. Within the chateau, visitors may see various state rooms giving a taste of daily life in the 18th century, an extensive museum of miniature furniture, 18th century kitchens, a collection of furniture and bedding for pampered pets, and others that would remind and even educate people with how the aristocrats lived their lives back then. 


How to get around within Basse-Normandie

Bikes, tourist-trains, and buses are the main modes of transport here. Walking is also encouraged, although private/rented vehicles might be necessary especially when going on steep roads. There are also car sharing networks within the country if travelling from another region of France. 


How to get there

Basse-Normandie has many airports, including the main Caen la Mer Airport. The airport is located in Capriquet, six kilometres west of Caen. Airlines that travel to the destination include Air France operated by HOP!, Flybe operated by Stobar Air, and Volotea. 

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