Normandy (northwestern province in France) – located just across the English Channel, this province gets its name from the Norman Vikings that arrived there during the 10th century. In 1066 the famous Norman Duke William defeated the Saxon King Harold in the Battle of Hastings, was crowned King of England and became known as “William the Conqueror”. Since then, Normandy is best-remembered as the site of the Allied Invasion during the height of World War II (June 1944) – which began the process of driving out the Nazi occupation of the country, and a decisive end of the conflict a year after. Provincial towns such as Caen, Cherbourg, Carentan, and Falaise were among the localities that bore the brunt of that invasion. These days, visitors passing through this province will see a stunning coastline, picturesque ports and beaches galore. This, while nature lovers can head inland to get away from it all in the idyllic countryside.


Those interested in participating in a tour of the World War II “D-Day” sites in Normandy can contact the following tour outfits:;;;;;


The “D-Day” areas of interest include: Sainte Mère Église (the famed church and Airborne Museum), Utah Beach (German fortifications where the 4th Division invasion took place), Omaha Beach (memorials to the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions, German strongpoints, the draws (natural gaps in high ground), and American National Cemetery (Colleville-sur-Mer: where 9,387 U.S. servicemen & women were buried).