Normandy

©Thierry Houyel

Just over the Channel, Normandy is the perfect destination for history
buffs, culture vultures and nature lovers. Follow in the footsteps of William
the Conqueror, walk along the D-Day Beaches or admire the Impressionist
landscapes. Your bucket list should include the Mont-Saint-Michel, Rouen,
Etretat and so much more… Home to camembert and calvados, Normandy is a
real foodie delight!

Top 5 For 2016

Impressionist Festival
Now an established event in Normandy’s cultural calendar, the Festival
Normandie Impressionniste returns in 2016 with Impressionist Portraits as its
central theme. From the 16th of April to the 26th of September, Normandy will
come alive to the sight and sound of Impressionism from fine art exhibitions
of masterpieces and celebrations through music, dance, theatre, literature and
sound and light shows.

Tour De France
In 2016 the Grand Départ of the world’s greatest cycling race returns to France
and the setting is the spectacular UNESCO-listed Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay.
The week prior to the big day will see festivities take place throughout the
Manche region of Normandy where the first three stages will take place from
the 2nd to the 4th of July.

Historic Anniversary
2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Norman invasion of England and
William the Conqueror’s crowning at Westminster. To celebrate this occasion,
from April to December, medieval-themed festivals including street markets,
sound and light shows and special exhibitions will take place in towns and
villages associated with William and his momentous expedition.

The Museum To Civilians Of War
Opening in May 2016, the museum will focus on the lives of the Norman
people during World War II. Through archive footage, an interactive tablet tour
and immersive film, visitors will discover both the tragic and the trivialities
of everyday life under German occupation, the Allied liberation, subsequent
bombings and post-war reconstruction.

Panorama XXL
From the 28th of May, Panorama XXL will show a new work by Yadegar Asisi.
The Hundred Years War is nearing its end. From the spire of Rouen’s cathedral,
the visitor looks down to see craftsmen, bustling streets and a crowd watching
young Joan of Arc await her fate at the stake.

What We Are Looking Forward To In 2016

Staying overnight at the new B&B near Etretat at Château de Bec
with its lakeside cabin in an oasis of calm with a private terrace.

What We Are Looking Forward To In 2017

500th Anniversary Of The Port City Of Le Havre
From June to October 2017, the UNESCO City of Le Havre and its
port will commemorate its 500th anniversary with a major artistic
event, including exceptional modern art exhibitions and
festivities galore.

Categories: FTMA 2016

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