Wanderlusty Wednesday: Normandy in Spring

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A brief break in the reading and writing content today for me to reminisce on the fact that it’s been 10 years since I left Normandy, and still, it’s rare a day will go by that I don’t think of that place and my experiences there.

I still think it’s the most underrated area of France to visit — most people I know who’ve been there have taken a day trip from Paris to see the beaches and that’s it. But I maintain it’s a place you could spend a year in and still not take it all in.

So in case you’re considering a trip to the Contentin peninsula sometime soon, I highly recommend going in spring. And in case you need ideas on what to do …

Stop in Honfleur


… Rouen

… and Étretat.

See the beaches

… and take a stopover in Saint-Malo

… and Jersey (the island, not the state).

Don’t let public transport get you down

… talk to strangers

… and maybe bring some company in case you don’t like traveling alone.

And of course, go to Giverny while you’re there.

Image of Monet’s gardens at Giverny taken by me, April 2007.

The French Shrug (or, How I Almost Committed Horse-Theft)

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Time for another travel essay. Today, one of the things I do not miss about France.

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Wanderlusty Wednesday


Just a quick note to say I’ve started a new job this week and I’m a bit busy, to say the least. This weekend I need to figure out a way to have time to work, and write, and blog, and sleep. (If anyone has any tips, please let me know.)

And it’s Wanderlusty Wednesday, so I have to leave you with something! So if you’re contemplating a trip, here are some suggestions…

If you want to head south…

If you want to head further south…

If you want something Mediterranean…

Or you’re looking for a different kind of beach…

If you’re in the mood for some castles…

Or a different kind of castles…

If you’re looking for some fascinating history…

Or you just want to stop and smell the flowers…

If you’re looking for a real-life literary location…

Or just want to hang out where the writers once did…

Be sure to check out all my travel posts here!

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Wanderlusty Wednesday: D-Day Beaches

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Having lived in Normandy for a year, it would have been more than remiss of me never to see arguably the region’s biggest draw…

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Wanderlusty Wednesday: Les plages de la Normandie

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I meant to do a post about traveling to the D-Day beaches in Normandy today, but I do not have time. So for now I’ll leave you with this photo of one of those beaches–they’re oddly incredibly peaceful today–with more info to come next week. Stay tuned!

Wanderlusty Wednesday: Giverny

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Time to talk about one of my favorite places on earth…

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Do you like flowers?

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Of course you do. They’re beautiful and fragrant. Do you like Monet?

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How could you not? His paintings are beautiful. So I suggest you head to the place that feels like you’ve just stepped into one of his paintings: Giverny, in Normandy France.

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