Replies: 15 - Last Post: Mar 1, 2012 5:03 PM Last Post By: fredalss
Feb 7, 2012 4:44 PM
NORTHERN FRANCEI am a single retired female who would like to go to Northern France. My journey has been planned except for this one week in Northern France. I will arrive to Paris on June 1st and go to Giverny to see Monet's house and gardens. I have a place to stay for 06/02/12. I won't have a car so will have to use the trains to reach destinations.
I really don't care for the WW11 stuff but love the looks of that area, Bayeux and surrounding area.
I am an amature Photographer and would greatly appreciate any ideas of places of beauty to visit.
Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have read and read the France guide books but it is you that I am now asking for help. I would need to rely only on trains, buses and my two feet. I will leave by train on June 8th for the last leg of my journey. This gives me 6 days before heading to Paris to take the train to Southern France.
Feb 7, 2012 6:58 PM
Feb 7, 2012 8:50 PM
2some thoughts, thinking particularly of the north-west:
i really like the Cotentin penninsula (out towards Cherbourg), particularly the west coast that "overlooks" the channel islands. much more dramatic than the east coast and "wild and windy", lots of lighthouses. but i don't know how to get out there (i'm sure there's buses, but i've only ever driven).
somewhere like Barfleur on the east coast is very cool.
Etretat is always worthwhile (with a cool tie in to Monet - though there's several of those around if that's of interest), and the coast in that area is always good (Yport might be one of the best-looking towns i've seen in France).
there's some cool chateux around, some of historical note (e.g in Falaise).
of course, there's Mt St Michel...
and Saint Malo if you keep sweeping round toward Brittany.
several people on here have sung praises of Amiens (do a search) which i found plesant enough, but have only passed through.
Feb 7, 2012 11:31 PM
That was 2 days ago?
in case you are american pls note that the other 98% of the world doesn't use this bizarre date order. It's safer to use 2 June 12 to avoid any confusion.
I would suggest the Loire Valley. most of the North is pretty dull, partly due to the immense destruction of the War.
Feb 8, 2012 12:52 AM
Feb 8, 2012 1:08 AM
Feb 8, 2012 1:19 AM
Feb 8, 2012 4:26 AM
7Have a look at this thread from another forum in which I discussed possible day trips from Bayeux using public transport. Using public transport always restricts your mobility but if you've decided not to rent a car then public transport it is. The only thing I didn't mention in this thread is the website for the local buses. The bus website in this area is www.busverts.fr. If a private tour might interest you then check the Bayeux tourist office website for available tours. I provide the link to the tourist office in the thread below. By the way, ignore the advice from the poster who says your only options with public transport from Bayeux are Caen or Mont-Saint-Michel.
Feb 8, 2012 5:38 AM
8It is not in Normandy but i really liked the Baie de Somme area, a natural reserve west of Amiens. This area has always attracted many photographers as the light is very special there.
Don't know how to get there on PT.
Feb 8, 2012 6:25 AM
Feb 8, 2012 1:21 PM
Feb 8, 2012 2:19 PM
11Personally I prefer Brittany over both the Loire and Normandy but in regards to the Loire it's easier to get around by public transport than it is in Bayeux. Tours would be the best base in the Loire since it is the transport hub of the region and there are a wide range of mini-van tours that operate out of the tourist office and are very affordable.
I think the area of Brittany near Dinan, Saint-Malo and Dinard is also easier to get around by public transport than Bayeux. I prefer this area to the Loire but it's slightly inferior in terms of transport options. Still better than Bayeux though and it has easier access to better sites, especially for photography.
Feb 8, 2012 11:52 PM
12Adeben and MTL -- Okay, you are both right. To me, just about everywhere is "northern France" :)).
Actually, I consider Alsace "eastern France", and the Loire Valley rather central, since it's the cut-off point for French weather forecasts. But I admit that I have only ever driven through Orléans and Tours and have never seen any of the Loire castles.
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