We're planning on spending a few days in Normandy in September and our first plan is to train it to Caen (by 2 PM) and rent a vehicle to drive to our hotel near Bayeux. We're staying in the Ibis - which is not exactly in the center of town. Friends have told us that we'd do better by skipping the car in Caen and going directly to Bayeux by train and then getting a taxi to our hotel. Then...sign up for the mini van tours of the beaches and Mere st-eglis.
Their point is that we'd learn more about WWII from a van driver...and why would we want the hassle of driving and traffic and parking in the small towns. Our hotel has good parking (from the website) and I'd like to venture into Brittany for s bit as well as seeing the Cathedral at Rouen. However, we are only there 3 1/2 days before returning to Paris.
So..I'm throwing the question out - does our limited time in the area justify a car rental or should we listen to friends who have been there, done that?