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What do you think of this plan?

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What do you think of this plan?

I was thinking 3 nights Honfleur - to visit Etretat, Pays d'Auge (cider route, cheese farms) and of course Honfleur itself; 5 nights further west to explore the D-Day beaches, Bayeux and MSM. Not too much into museums. Like to see old quaint, medieval villages and beautiful countryside. Am looking at a couple of different locations - 2 north of Bayeux near the ocean, 1 southwest of Bayeux more inland and 1 in the Cotentin peninsula near Sainte Mère Église. Considering last 2 nights somewhere between Giverny and CDG to explore Giverny and other villages in that area.

1. Any thoughts/opinions/pros, cons on the 3 different areas I am considering in western Normandy.

2. Have read that the most beautiful inland landscape is in the Pays d'Auge. I believe it is closer to visit from Honfleur. Is the 3 nights in Honfleur enough?

Thanks so much.

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1. Re: What do you think of this plan?

I think that sounds a lovely trip.

Fécamp, near Étretat, is nice too. At Fécamp is the Museum of the Benedictine Palace, a museum dedicated to Benedictine liqueur!!

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Three nights in Honfleur to visit Etretat, Pay's d'Auge and Honfleur sounds fine and you may even have time for Deauville and Trouville as well.

In regards to your accommodation near Bayeux, consider what sites you want to visit and choose the location that is most central to those sites. You already know about the viamichelin.com website so you can plan driving times and distances.

In regards to your last two nights, from your previous threads you said you want to drive to the airport on your flight day and it was suggested that the closer you are to CDG the better. I believe Compiègne, Senlis and Pierrefonds were recommended and those are good suggestions. If you are looking for things to do in that area search the tourist office websites for those towns, or the regional tourist office websites:

www.vernon-visite.org/rgb4/who_we_are.htm

oisetourism.co.uk/Must-sees/Culture-and-heri…

www.senlis-tourisme.fr/gb/welcome-senlis.php

chantilly-tourisme.com/_UK-otchantilly.php

http://www.compiegne-tourisme.fr/

http://www.lavalleedeloise.com/

I've written some trip reports about exploring the areas north of Paris and near Giverny and if you want you can look them over for ideas:

Near Giverny: http://tinyurl.com/362xrle

In and around Compiègne and Pierrefonds: http://tinyurl.com/7edejbz

Near Senlis: http://tinyurl.com/dy9ulob

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3. Re: What do you think of this plan?

French Mystique - Thanks so much. Will take a look at everything. Am now thinking maybe 6 nights western Normandy and only 1 night for the last place. As long as we leave early enough in the morning to have a full afternoon to explore that last area. Or should we give ourselves 1-1/2 days? Also,will we find beautiful countryside and quaint villages inland from/south of Bayeux to explore? Thanks again.

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4. Re: What do you think of this plan?

I think either plan is fine. I really don't think there is a "best" thing to do other than that which most interests you. Good luck with the planning. :)

I haven't explored much south of Bayeux but I'm sure you'll find charming villages and places to visit there. Check the Bayeux tourist office websites and the Normandy tourist office website and I'm sure you'll find out about nice villages to visit:

http://www.calvados-tourisme.com/en

http://www.bessin-normandie.com/

Also, check the Plus Beaux Villages de France website (Most Beautiful Villages of France):

www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en

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French Mystique - Thanks so much for the links. We are huge Van Gogh fans and are wondering if we would have the time to visit Giverny and Auvers sur Oise in the same afternoon and then overnight somewhere outside of CDG. Thanks again.

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No problem. You didn't say what time of year you'll be here (I think) but Giverny is only open from April through October. If your travels are during this time it might be possible to do Giverny and Auvers the same day but you'd need to be at Giverny first thing when it opens. Here's the website:

http://www.fondation-monet.fr/fr/

http://giverny.org/giverny/giverny.htm

Auvers can take several hours to visit, even a full day if you are really interested, because it's a lovely village to stroll around and you have several options of museums you could visit. If you want to do both I suggest spending the night in Auvers so you can maximize your visit time. The drive from Auves to CDG takes about 35 minutes if there is no traffic, bad weather or accidents. However, if I remember correctly you were leaving in the morning to catch your flight so make sure you are actually at CDG before 7AM to avoid rush hour. Otherwise, either skip Giverny or Auvers and instead head to Senlis, Compiègne or Pierrefonds. I think Senlis makes the most sense as it is closest to the airport and the A1 autoroute. You're less likely to encounter a traffic snarl on the A1 on the way from Senlis to CDG than on the N104, which you'd take from Auvers to CDG.

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7. Re: What do you think of this plan?

Your pix of the yellow fields of rapeseed are just gorgeous. Hope to see those. Senlis does look very convenient to CDG although would really like to see Giverny and Auvers. We'll see. Have time to research and think this over. Thanks again.

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