Normandy and heritage
Normandy takes its name from the Vikings, the "Men who came from the North" to invade France's fertile lands.
This is the region of William the Conqueror, the 11th century Duke of Normandy.
Upper Normandy is centered around Rouen, Lower Normandy around Caen.
Both provide wonderful views of magnificent religious buildings, from country churches to cathedrals, as well as numerous abbeys: pure lines and soft limestone.
A civil architecture of dark brick mixed with freestone or timber frames is characteristic of the Normandy landscape.
The world-renowned sites of Mont Saint Michel and Etretat are well worth the trip.
A great many artists such as Monet, Courbet, Signac and Vallotton found inspiration there. The writer, Guy de Maupassant, the novelist Maurice Leblanc, the composer Jacques Offenbach, all chose to set their most outstanding works in Normandy. There is a song that goes "When everything is reborn in hope .... I'll go see once more my Normandy".