Think romantic breaks and you immediately think of France, and Paris in particular. The northern coast region of Normandy, however, is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for short breaks, particularly of the romantic kind, and it is easy to see why. With the amazing cuisine, stunning vistas and the regions strong ties to impressionist art, this is simply an area that was made for lovers.
Whether you come to Normandy for that short, romantic break or decide to spend longer exploring the area, there are few things that you should embrace to get the most out of your trip here. The first is to bask in the rich artistic history that exists here. As Normandy was one of the epicentres of the 18th century Impressionist movement, there are dozens of art museums scattered throughout the region.
Don’t limit yourself to simply walking around enjoying the works of art on offer however, as you can also visit some of the actual sites where the great masters such as Turner and Monet sat and painted some of their most famous pieces. Spending an afternoon in the Cathedral at Rouen or walking along the very banks where Monet created his Water Lilies masterpiece is like stepping back in time.
The famous Normandy cuisine is a must for all visitors here, never mind searching about for more international fare, the regions gastronomic delights will satisfy even the most discerning of palates, and be a real treat for first time visitors to the region. The food here is rich, simple yet delicious, and down with some of the regions superb wines will give your taste buds a master class in world class cuisine.
The region is especially noted for its seafood, but make sure you book a table in advance if you want to dine at one of the top eateries as they are in high demand due to the freshness of the food on offer. The specialities are mussels and oysters, so make sure you try those. There are also trips to sample different wines and cheeses, and these make for great days out in relaxed surroundings and are the perfect way to try the regions different wines.
Cramped, faceless hotel rooms are not a great place to use as a base for your trip to Normandy, especially when you consider the volume of holiday cottages that are available here. These afford you the luxuries of both freedom and privacy, giving you the option of coming and going as you please and not being tied to any timetables as far as eating is concerned so you can dine in or out, whatever your feel like at the time.
When you are planning on a trip to France it always good to look for the best options and so is a great idea to do a bit of comparison shopping. After all you wouldn’t buy an airline ticket from the first airline website you check, right? A great site to compare ferry prices is Ferryonline.co.uk.