Not finished jet :).
Usually camera’s take care of speeding instead of policeman, so you have to look to the speedometer quite often.
From Honfleur you can take the scenic road – D513 – to Trouville-sur-Mer and posh Deauville.
Further west Cabourg as already said is nice, especially around the Casino, the same for Houlgate. Villers-sur-Mer isn’t bad either, the D513 runs along the beach there, so nice views. You will drive long distances through places so a lot of 30km speedlimits.
Last year after visiting the abbey of Jumiège I crossed the Seine there and drove further south for Le Bec-Hellouin. Due to covid there were hardly any visitors and with the sunset, the golden hour gave it a special atmosphere and so it was a memorable experience to walk around there for a while. Before dark I made an additional driving tour. Nearby Domaine de Champ de Bataille was already closed, but think the gardens are nice and worth seeing. Full ticket price is €27, garden only €13. Harcourt needs a bit cleaning up but is actually nice too.
Further south following the D130 – D23 and D133 to Bernay I made a stop in tiny but o so charming Fontaine l’Abbé, easily to recommend. Bernay is nice but I liked more Broglie, worth a visit to my opinion. But before going to the latter I made a detour to visit Château de Beaumesnil, lovely 17th century Louis XIII barocque style château. Of the original interior is not much left as most was plundered during the French Revolution, but for me it was charming enough to visit.
If you like horses certainly consider a visit to Haras national du Pin, the royal stud farm of Louis XIV, there is a (not so exciting) show outside and a museum. North of it Mont-Ormel with the Memorial Montormel at the top of a hill commemorates one of the key battles of Normandy of 1944. It offers a panoramic view over the surrounding land.
On the way north to Bayeux I visited the fortress of Falaise, impressive birthplace of William the Conqueror, you will learn more about him seeing the Bayeux Tapestry. There is also a WW2 museum about the locals during wartime. West of Falaise lies Norman Switzerland, a good place for outdoor activities like rock climbing and canoeing. Before reaching Bayeux I liked to visit Château de Balleroy, as balloonist Malcolm Forbes owns the place there is a little museum about balloons, but don’t expect too much. The chateau requires a little detour driving from Bayeux to Le Mont-Saint-Michel, best is to approach it via the D73 and see it appearing at the horizon.
The D-Day beaches are discussed here on the forum extensively so I have nothing to add. Last but certainly not least as Pays d’Auge represents for me and others quintessential Normandy. It’s roughly located north of Argentan between Caen and Lisieux and it’s worth to base yourself for while in one of those stunning places and use it as a base for exploring what is to my opinion one of the best parts of Normandy. Loads of half timbered houses, mansions and so on in all kinds of sizes and shapes, churches in the middle of nowhere like le Pré-d’Auge. Like to mention further Beuvron-en-Auge, Cambremer, Blangly-le-Château and much more. I stayed for a few nights near Beaumont-en-Auge. Very charming and from Place de Verdun a panoramic view all the way to the sea. Asked directions in nearby Bourgeauville, tiny stunning hamlet nevertheless it has a “mairie” , municipal building. It was closed but someone opened a window, think it was the mayor himself who helped me. Nearby Pont l’Évêque is not the best place, but attractive enough to visit. Locals know better than I do, worth hearing their advise.
There are also lovely castles like Saint-Germain de Livet or Château de Grêve Coeur, hadn’t the time to visit them, but think really worth to consider like also Manoir de Coupesarte, however question if it is open to public. The only thing I visited in Lisieux was Basilique Sainte-Thérèse, a place of catholic pelgrimage.