When you think of Normandy, does the image of a distant French region spring to mind? Some vague memories of history lessons maybe?
Then follow us, we are going to introduce you to this unique part of France!
Normandy is a French region located in north-western France and bordered by the English Channel. With two seafronts – north and west – it has the busiest shipping lane in the world. Located near two world-class cities, Paris and London, Normandy also boasts five ports and five international airports.
With five ‘départements’ (the Orne, the Manche, Seine-Maritime, the Eure and Calvados), and three large cities that are Caen, Rouen and Le Havre, the region offers many getaway opportunities and a remarkable quality of life whether in an urban environment, near the coast or in the heart of the lush countryside.
Now let’s take a look at the history of the region, beginning with the arrival of the Vikings and their attachment to the fertile lands of the Seine Valley. Let’s move on to a certain William the Conqueror whose great ambitions – and in particular the conquest of England – have had an enduring impact on Anglo-Norman relations. Even today, our English cousins and friends still have a little something Norman about them, from their governance system to everyday expressions!