Destination: Gaillon, France

Views from château de Gaillon (October 2016) Gaillon is a small town located about 58 miles (94 km) west of Paris, or about 32 miles (51 km) south of Rouen, the largest, nearby city in the Normandy region. Like many of the dozen or so small towns and villages in the Eure department of Normandy, … Continue reading Destination: Gaillon, France

Destination: Caudebec-en-Caux, France

Pont de Brotonne in the distance (April 2016). Thinking back to my time in Normandy, I realize that one place that is seldom-mentioned would be Caudebec-en-Caux. This small town is unassuming, but is actually notable in its location, given that it's a stop for tourists taking a cruise along the Seine River from Paris for … Continue reading Destination: Caudebec-en-Caux, France

Destination: D-Day Beaches of Normandy, France

Normandy American Cemetery (February 2016). I lived in the Normandy region of France for two years when I taught abroad. Although it's not as sought-after as other parts of France for work, Normandy was a place I specifically chose to be in as I was fascinated by its history, particularly D-Day. I was fascinated by … Continue reading Destination: D-Day Beaches of Normandy, France

5 Beautiful Places In Normandy, France

Situated just northwest of Paris, the region of Normandy is a coastal part of France with a history steeped in Norman rule tracing back to William the Conqueror in 1066. It's also known for its D-Day beaches and picturesque harbors, with a notable agricultural and maritime industry along the English Channel. Normandy might be small, … Continue reading 5 Beautiful Places In Normandy, France

Destination: Dieppe, France

The first two months as a first-year assistante in Normandy were spent visiting as many of the cities, towns, and villages that I could within the region, before I had the means (aka salary) to make bigger trips outside to the rest of France, let alone Europe. Starting small with the region itself turned out to be a … Continue reading Destination: Dieppe, France