Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery located in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. It honors American troops, who died in Europe during World War II.

We heard many different languages spoken there.

Bayeux in Normandy

From our home base in Chettehou, we got to visit small villages, big cathedrals, empty beaches, and full restaurants.

Here we are in the city of Bayeux to pay a visit to the famous Bayeux Tapestry at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

Bayeux Cathedral

It is a beautiful town, and also quite touristy with many gift shops, cafés, and restaurants.

Next is my favorite part of the day – exploring dinner choices. Here I had green asparagus with salmon and mushrooms in a creamy sauce.

We had dinner at the Hotel Restaurant La Chaumiere in Chettehou. This is an excellent place to have dinner, I can highly recommend it. Calling ahead for reservations is also recommended (Tel: 02 33 54 14 94, siret/location code: 408 581 098 00022 APE 551A)

Hotel Restaurant La Chaumiere in Chettehou

Before we went to dinner, we also visited the Normandy American Cemetery, located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. I will share some photos from there in my next post.

Utah Beach, Normandy – 75 Years Later

Remembrances, monuments, and honor to those who fought in the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in Normandy.

The Island of Tatihou near Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

The island of Tatihou is located just off the coast near Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, and you can reach it with a 10-minute boat ride at €10,50 p.p. There is a limit of 500 visitors per day.

The Island of Tatihou

I mostly enjoyed the botanical garden on the island. I also finally learned the name of this most unusual plant, L’Echium des Canaries, which also grows at our farmhouse vacation rental in Chettehou.

This plant is a giant, and wrapped in tiny blue flowers.

L’Echium des Canaries
L’Echium des Canaries

They grow mostly on the coast and on islands in the Atlantic. The flower stalks are also very melliferous.

What to see in Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue in Normandy

Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue is famous for its oyster farming, seafood restaurants, and as a departure point for the islet of Tatihou.

These are some impressions from our time around the city.

Maison Gosselin is a good shop for quality products. It looks like a green grocer’s from the outside, but it has a large selection of very different and interesting products from the area.

Narrow streets leading to the harbor road.

My husband, the perpetual seafood hunter, had me watch him eat this plate at ‘La Criée du Tomahawk’ for 1:40hr.

Here are the fruits of my labor (my patience).

There is oyster farming all around.

Oyster beds in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

Evening stroll around the port area.

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

Both vacation rentals had no wifi, so we had to hunt for hot spots. The Tourism Office in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue had the best one – very good reception and… a wall to sit on. 🙂

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