Having often been criticized in France for being too traditional and attaching excessive importance to niceties such as flowers and silverware, the 2010 edition of the Michelin Guide really threw down the gauntlet.
Three full days could easily be spent exploring the battlefields of Normandy, as they cover an area 300 miles wide and 250 miles deep; the landing beaches alone stretch for 45 miles! Caen or Bayeux (the first town liberated in the Battle of Normandy) are excellent bases for the British Sector; Bayeux, Carentan or Sainte-Mre-Eglise work well for the American Sector. Caen in particular is an...
Discovering the famous Norman cheeses on their own turf is an unforgettable gastronomic experience. There is something inordinately pleasing about purchasing a farmhouse Camembert in the town of the same name.
During trips to Paris, we often enjoy making overnight excursions into the surrounding region of Ile-de-France. Besides being green and exquisitely pretty, the area also contains a host of spectacular monuments (including Château de Versailles).