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Why Go To Normandy

Skirting the English Channel and occupying a hefty portion of northern France, Normandy is known for its Camembert cheese, its apple orchards (thus, cider and brandy too) and its cow-peppered landscape (complete with quaint cities and towns like Rouen, Bayeux and Giverny). But it's also revered for its momentous place in history. The site of the 1944 D-Day Invasion, Normandy's beaches saw a death toll in the thousands but also a changing tide in World War II.

You should visit Normandy for the history, the food and slow pace of life, but you should also come for a taste of France at its friendliest. This is not glitzy Nice or Cannes -- neither is it cosmopolitan Paris -- this is where France's salt-of-the-earth citizens congregate. And, perhaps, you should too…

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Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Normandy varies from traveler to traveler. Those looking to catch some rays on the beach will want to come in the summer, while others looking to escape the crowds and higher prices of the warm-weather high seasons will want to visit in the cold of winter. Keep in mind that the weather in both spring and fall requires coats.

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