Musee des Beaux Arts de Rouen

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More than 60 rooms in the Musée des Beaux Arts de Rouenare hang with works by artists, such as Géricault and Delacroix, among others. Monet fans will also find some of his canvasses here, including a few that depict the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

One TripAdvisor user calls it, "a superb provincial museum," saying that it "is one of the finest I have seen in France outside of Paris. If you are in Rouen for the weekend, I highly recommend setting aside a couple of hours for a visit."

Closed on Tuesdays, you can visit the other days from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And for a museum of this breadth, the admission fee (about €4 EUR or about $5.50 USD) is pretty reasonable. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

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World War II’s successful Operation Overlord took place on the coast of France. Although there were heavy Allied casualties, this invasion turned the tide in the war and helped lead to the fall of Nazi Germany. Today this piece of coastline, which includes Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches, is collectively known as the D-Day Beaches.

Visitors can tour the about 50-mile stretch of beach and pop by a number of museums, memorials and cemeteries that have spread out alongside the sand. The American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer and the Pointe-du-Hoc bomb craters are especially moving. Many recent travelers recommend exploring the beaches with a tour guide.

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