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Normandy is a province situated in the north-west of France. It is made up of two regions (Upper and Lower Normandy), divided into other five counties: Manche, Calvados, Orne, Eure and Seine-Maritime.
The territory, set between the pleasant valley of the Seine and the famous site of Mont-Saint-Michel is massively cultivated.
The inland is characterised by wide green pastures, farms and apple-trees plantations, whereas the shore is strewn with typical fishermen villages ( with characteristic wooden and brick houses) where you can taste fresh and tasty crustaceans.
The landscape of Normandy boasts some real gems, from the white cliffs of Etreat to the tiny villages set in the middle of flowered meadows which are so recurrent in Monetâ€™s paintings.
From the historical point of view, the region of Normandy has been subject to several invasions. Already in the IX century it was occupied by the Vikings coming from Denmark and Norway. The name Normandy actually originates from the word (Norsemen) (men of the North) which was given to these populations. Normandy is also the home country of William the Conqueror, he himself of Viking origin, who was crowned king of England after the successful battle of Hastings in 1066, The "Bayeux Tapestry", depicts this famous historic event. With a length of 70 metres, the tapestry dates from 1070, and it is exhibited in the Centre Guillaume.
During the "Hundred Yearsâ€™ War"between the Kingdom of England and France (1337 â€“ 1453) Normandy was subject to constant claims from both parties, until the battle of Formigni in 1450, sanctioned the definitive victory of France. A period of reconstruction followed after the devastations caused by the conflict.
More recently, during the Second World War Normandy played a major role, being one of the main strategic points from where the reconquest of Europe by the Allied Forces kicked off. On 6th June 1944, commonly known as "D-day", the so called Overlord operation began. The Normandy Invasion is the biggest amphibious operation in history, which involved more than 155.000 men, 1.200 war ships, 4.120 landing means and 12.000 aircrafts.
The terrible battles which followed the landing operations left a deep mark in places like Caen and Le Havre, which were severely damaged by the air raids, and in many other villages on the coast. Today memorials, war museums, military cemeteries and endless rows of crosses are still there to remind visitors of the horrors of war.
Visit also the Loire Valley with its beautiful castles