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Visiting the Northern France

Updated on April 28, 2016

This is a summary of my trip visiting the North of France, from Dunkerque to Mont St. Michel.

The original trip was from Brussels to Paris and it lasted for three days, all the trip was done with a rented car, the best way to have freedom to visit everything you want when you want.

It is an highly recommended trip, you will find places from the XIII century like the famous Mont St. Michel or if you prefer some recent history, there are many museums about the Second World War, specially about the D-Day.

The Begining

Entering in France, the trip started visiting Dunkerque & Calais, two nice coastal cities with some nice buildings.

Dunkerque & Calais

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The Beach in Calais
The Beach in Calais
The Beach in Calais

First Night in France

The first night was passed in the small city of Abbeville. Although we expected to be just a place to sleep, it was also a place to visit.

A typical place without touristic places with a city center that seemed frozen in time, being the Church the center of attention.


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While in the Motor Way

The landscape in Normandy is awesome, it is very green and you can see the typical small villages.

Of course you may want to have a more special trip and drive in the smaller roads, passing by these villages. The choice of the Motor Way is due to the time you take from place to place.

Village in Normandy

Just an unknown village in Normandy that we saw passing by in the Motorway.
Just an unknown village in Normandy that we saw passing by in the Motorway.

Second Day

Starting From Abbeville you can go directly to Etretat and visit on of the images used to describe Normandy.


Another Coastal City - Le Havre

Le Havre is another beautiful city and one of the biggest in France, mainly due to its Port and industry. You will see great landscapes and a very nice city next to the English Cannal/ La Manche. However be prepared to see an heavily industrialized area when entering the city.

The weather that you can see in the photos is considered a typical day in Normandy, fortunately it did not rain.

Le Havre

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After Coastal Cities - Caen

Caen has some historical buildings that were built during the Reign of William the Conqueror. It is a great place to visit and it has a magnificent Castle in the top of a hill. The location of the Castle gives you a very good spot to take some photos to the whole city.

Caen is also known as one of the places where the fighting between Axis and Allied took place. The city was taken from the Axis forces one month after the D-Day, but before that it was a target of an intense bomb campaign.

You can also find some very cheerful gardens in the city, so you may expect a great city to visit, and lots of different things to admire.


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Mémorial de Caen
Mémorial de Caen
Mémorial de Caen

Arromanches - One of the Disembarkment Beaches

In Arromanches you may expect to see the remnants of the War. It is an historical place and highly touristic.


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Other Disembarkment Beach

If you want to visit the places where the D-Day took place, there are many coastal areas and museums to visit.

I decided to visit the Utah Beach Museum and it was worth it. You can see some photos and visit the website to see if you are interested.

Utah Beach Museum

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It was a very rainy day, so I did not go to the beach and ended just seeing the museum.
It was a very rainy day, so I did not go to the beach and ended just seeing the museum.
It was a very rainy day, so I did not go to the beach and ended just seeing the museum.

The Last and Best

Mont St Michel was the last stop of the trip, the expectations were high and the place was the biggest reason for such a trip.

Even thought the expectation were really high, there was no disappointment at all. Mont St Michel is one of the greatest places to visit, the feeling is amazing.

Mont St. Michel

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My Trip

Dunkirk, France

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Calais, France

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Abbeville, France

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Étretat, France

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Le Havre:
Le Havre, France

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Caen, France

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Arromanches-les-Bains, France

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Utah Beach:
Utah Beach, 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France

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Mont St Michel:
Mont Saint-Michel, France

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Le Mont St. Michel by Rick Steves


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    • saitam profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lisbon

      Thank you. It is surely an awesome area

    • France Travel Inf profile image

      France Travel Inf 

      6 years ago

      Isn't this an awesome area of France? There is nothing quite as spectacular as coming upon Mont St Michel in all its glory. Great hub! I enjoyed all your pictures.


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