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Friday Dec 9, 2016
Paris to Normandy Day Trip: Mont Saint Michel from Paris
Driving to Mont Saint Michel from Paris is a trip to remember. Drive through the green French countryside to reach Mont Saint Michel, which is just four hours away by car. This idyllic French road trip can be enhanced even more by stopping off at some of the these top destinations on your way.
This Paris to Normandy day trip takes in some of the region’s most impressive historical, cultural and memorable sights. Take a few hours at the seaside town of Cabourg for a break or explore the life and works of the famous painter Monet at Giverny on this wonderful journey through France:
The large and exciting city of Paris deserves days or even weeks of your time. Explore the city’s diverse quarters and interesting enclaves, as well as the highly regarded masterpieces and unique architecture. The city is a foodie destination, where food and wine lovers will always be in utter paradise. Be sure to walk up the Eiffel Tower, try some delectable French steak frites, and spend hours exploring the vast Louvre.
Head north in an affordable Paris car rental to the stunning Normandy village of Giverny is famous for being the home of famous painter Claude Monet. Visit the painter’s impressive home and gardens, inspiration for his Lily series, which is now a museum dedicated to his work and life. Take a stroll about the village, which is a typical French town covered in stunning lush green plants or to embrace the stunning French countryside that surrounds the village take one of the nature trails through the hills and enjoy incredible views of the quaint town.
The historic medieval site of Chateau Gaillard is a magical piece of history in the wonderful village of Les Andelys. Located high on powerful chalk cliffs, the dominating castle was originally built for Richard the Lionheart and is situated on the Seine River. Tour the ruins of the castle, which an extraordinary sight, and explore the surrounding natural region that has been declared a Zona Natura to protect its stunning natural beauty.
Take in the beautiful beaches along the English Channel at the seaside resort of Houlgate, a town that promotes relaxation and appreciating a laid-back lifestyle. The long and sandy beach is perfect for watersports during the summer months or long strolls in the winter. There are two parts of the beach to choose from, the Plage du Casino, which is central to the main town and can be very busy, and the Plage du Temple, which is quieter but has less amenities.
The charming town of Cabourg is also a seaside sanctuary along the English Channel but it also has some incredibly unique architecture and history, including a Greco-Roman theater. The town also boasts one of the longest pedestrian parades in Europe. Explore the interesting streets and spend an afternoon relaxing on the beach at this pretty seaside resort.
Mont Saint Michel
The precariously positioned medieval monastery is what makes Mont Saint Michel so astounding. The impressive island is a place for many to travel to, to admire its sheer strength, which has been recognized with its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Located between Normandy and Brittany, the site is unlike anything you will ever see. Today you can visit the restaurants and museums located on the mont, which line the pathway to the top. A shuttle bus or traditional horse and cart can be taken to reach the abbey at the island’s very pinnacle.
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