Caen – Normandy History and Much More
This is a town away from Paris and the city’s hustle and bustle. If you are tired of the modern Parisian flair and would love to explore some of its ancient historic landmarks, come to this quiet, historic town.
I and my friends came here easily by bus from Paris. We found affordable accommodation here and cafes to stop by and refresh ourselves. After an invigorating breakfast of fresh baked rolls and coffee, we were ready to discover what the city had to offer us.
Chateau De Caen
We discovered that this port city’s historic landmark was quite centrally located. It was built around 1060 by William the Conqueror. Here he built two abbeys, one for men and one for women. These gave birth to the original city. It was initially heart of the Norman Empire. The chateau suffered destruction during the bombing that occurred here in WWII. However, the original chateau of William still stands today.
This was our next stop which should be part of your visit itinerary as well. It is all about WWII and the Battle of Normandy that was fought in 1944. We took a local bus to this place and found informative tour books and ear guides to get information about the place. Here we also gained information about how WWI ended and Hitler’s reign arose. The Pacific war is also documented here. Caen’s liberation was after D-Day ended and it too is documented here along with interesting historic relics.
Other places you can visit here are Abbaye-aux-Hommes or Abbaye-aux-Dames. There are historic museum tours that take you to Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée de Normandie.
Once you have had your local historic tours, stop by the local markets and shop for souvenirs. You can also enjoy French cuisine at several restaurants here.