Caen, France – The City of Europe’s Memory

The landing at Normandy took place in 1944. That day, the allies landed on Normandy beaches to assault an occupied Europe.

Caen is a cultural and artistic city, famous for Camembert cheese and cidre, but also for its history. The beaches near the city are known as D-Day Beaches and are not to be missed during a trip there.

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Photo Credit: Viaggiamo 

It is possible to book a guided tour that takes you to the most important places of the landing and to the Mémorial de Caen, a museum built to hold the history that changed the last Century, that of the War. The main theme is reconciliation and it is the word you should memorize while you are spending a day or two in this amazing city.

Other things you shouldn’t miss? It can be pleasant to rent a bike and discover William the Conqueror’s history, through his Castle, the two Abbeys he built to obtain the Pope’s pardon (because he had married his cousin against the Pope’s wishes), the Abbaye-aux-Hommes and the Abbaye-aux-Dames.

Caen by bike is a package offered by the tourist office and includes bike rental and itineraries plus a night in a hotel. Here you can find all of the information that you need.

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Photo Credit: Tourisme en France

Do you want to know a thing more? Caen is the ladybirds (also known as ladybugs in America) capital and the first city in Europe to use ladybirds in pest control in public and private gardens, instead of insecticides. Don’t forget to visit the park, and if you like to bike a bit more go to The Communal Forest of Grimbosq, 15 km away from the town.

Featured Photo Credit: Rebecca Zaccarini

This tip is also a part of the Tiplr Experience: Northern France • Hitting the Road

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