We are going to France next month and a few days of the trip will be spent in Normandy. There are several things we want to see in a short amount of time (3 days total) so the plan is to take a train from Paris to Rouen one night to stay in a hotel, then rent a car there the next day. We will be traveling West in Normandy and staying in a different place each night.
The first day will be mostly spent exploring Rouen, then the late afternoon/early evening we will drive up to Etretat to stay the night (maybe stopping to see an Abbey or two on the way if we have time). We basically want to stay in Etretat to see a sunset/sunrise on the cliffs.
The second day we will spend most of the early morning in Etretat, then head west towards the American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. We plan on spending about 7 hours or so between driving to and exploring the beach/memorial site that day. Our hotel this night is near MSM, so we will be heading there in the evening so we can see the MSM lit up at night.
My question is for this second day because if we have time, we would be interested in stopping somewhere along the drive from Etretat to Omaha Beach. Our drive will take us directly through Honfleur, Caen, and Bayeux so my question is, is it worth a stop in any of those places and if so, which one would be the best to see? If we have time, I'd only want to make a stop at one, maybe grab some food and walk around.
The third day, will be spent exploring MSM and we will then drive to Rennes to drop off the rental and take a train back to Paris.
Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!