Must see destination: Normandy, France

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By Connie Frenzel

Normandy, if not part of your travel plans, should be. Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy by Allied Forces.

Monuments, museums, cemeteries and battle memorials pay tribute to the courage of the “Our Greatest Generation.” Picturesque villages and towns dot the Normandy coastline transforming it into a vast open-air museum with a wealth of historic battle sites. More than 25 museums dedicated to those that stormed the beaches, tell stories about D-Day and the Normandy Campaign. A visit to the American Cemetery will reinforce how precious life and freedom is.

After visiting the D-Day related sites, shift your focus to the food, wine and regional scenery. The foods of Normandy reflect its orchards, farms and 400 mile-long coastline.   Tour wineries and visit tasting rooms.  Foodies can enjoy culinary delights like Calvados brandy, heirloom produce, artisan cheeses and fruits de mer, found only in Normandy. Grand cathedrals and chateaus, thatched roofed cottages and half-timber buildings abound in Normandy.

After visiting the sights of Paris, one can travel to Normandy by train, or organized tours. One recommendation is to explore Normandy via the Seine River. Aboard an all-inclusive river cruise, most amenities, such as sightseeing, food and drinks, are included. Savor wines and foods only available in France as you travel through the heart of Normandy. Ships travel during the day to take in the scenery along the Seine and moor at charming centrally located village ports.    Whether traveling alone, as a couple, or with family and friends, Normandy is an easy and must see France destination.  If you are planning to visit Normandy next year, confirm your reservations now due to the popularity commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Connie Frenzel is a Travel Advisor with Island Travel in Beaufort. Contact her at connie@islandtravel.com or call 843-525-0777.