I have to post and run here but was wondering if anyone had any advice on normandy. We are getting th eferry into Le Havre and want to spend a few days in normandy before we travel south to our friends house. DH wants to do all the D-Day stuff but there needs to be stuff for DD (3) and I to do to.
The Landing Beaches are also quite good beaches. Though suspect your dh will be spending all his time in the museums rather than the beach ... Arromanches is quite nice.
Hmmm. We've been to Normandy several times but pre-dc's.
Bayeux is a lovely place with v good choclateries and a d-day museum and of course the tapestry museum. Caen is a good base but a big city and a nightmare to drive in/round. It has an extremely big d-day museum.
Bayeux is lovely, more for adults that kids though IMO.
Strongly recommend Honfleur as a base for a few days - boats in harbour to watch, boat trips to do, beaches nearby, lovely old-fashioned carousel by the harbour, beautiful town with lots of great cafes/bars/restaurants. We went with DS when he was 2 and then again the following year and we all had a great time both years.
Hello all, Hope it is ok to post, I've come across a family guide to Normandy www.tiny.cc/normandy345 this afternoon since I'm planning a trip too, and I thought some of the tips might be useful to mums and dads within the forum.
Have been to Normandy every May for the past 3 years - is v toddler friendly.DS1 - aged 3 at the time we went - LOVED festyland. There is also Ouga Ouga - huge indoor soft play zone - near there if the weather turns against you which he enjoyed.
In terms of beaches, Deauville and Trouville were nice but for lovely low key bucket and spade type beaches which are ideal for kids you cant beat the Merville-Francville beach (parking right by the beach, few cafes on there and just stretches of lovely golden sand down to the sea). We've been to those with DS1 every year since he was 1 and he loves them. DS2 however appears not to be such a beach lover - mind you he was only 3 months old when we first took him to a norman beach.
You've also got La Suisse Normande - lovely hiking and watersports there for a change of pace - and a comical miniature railway museum if you have a small or big train enthusiast with you.