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Paris to Normandy

We are looking for a one day tour from Paris to Normandy with Canadian content. We will be travelling with our 13 year old granddaughter. We would appreciate any suggestions!

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My wife and I did the following on a one-day self-guided tour, if you want to go that way:

  • early morning train from Gare St Lazare in Paris to Caen;
  • rent car from Europcar, just across street from Caen station;
  • Pegasus Bridge;
  • Ouistreham and Sword Beach;
  • many stops on Juno Beach as we passed items of interest (Canadian content);
  • Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer (Canadian);
  • Arromanches and Gold Beach;
  • lunch at Arromanches;
  • Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian)
  • drive back to Caen station;
  • 6:00 or 7:00 train back to Paris.

You may not want to do all these things, but this illustrates how much you can do in a day trip from Paris if you drive yourself. Driving in Normandy is really not difficult. Get a GPS or a good map and you'll be OK.

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Although I have visited Normandy many times, I don't usually concentrate on the Canadian activities. However, I almost never miss a visit to the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Reviers. It is one of the most beautiful and contemplative sites in Normandy.