Normandy photos: everything but the cemeteries

Normandy does have a load of the Second World War cemeteries, but that’s not all it has got to offer. It’s a place of great natural beauty, smaller and bigger Norman villages and towns, tasty cheese and a lot of rain. Here’s a selection of photos of all that and more.

One thing the French are good at is building bridges. All of their modern bridges are massive and pompous, they're nice to drive on and interesting to look at. And the French usually charge a fortune for using them.

One thing the French are good at is building bridges. All of their modern bridges are massive and pompous, they're nice to drive on and interesting to look at. And the French usually charge a fortune for using them.

Typical French cafés in Honfleur, just near Le Havre.

Typical French cafés in Honfleur, just near Le Havre.

Honfleur marina and seaside houses.

Honfleur marina and seaside houses.

A statue to... apparently peasants in Honfleur.

A statue to... apparently peasants in Honfleur.

One of the best things about Normandy and France—their cheese.

One of the best things about Normandy and France—their cheese.

A nice old car in Deauville.

A nice old car in Deauville.

Typical Norman houses in Deauville.

Typical Norman houses in Deauville.

More typical Norman houses, and again in Deauville.

More typical Norman houses, and again in Deauville.

A plane in a museum at Merville gun battery. It was one of the first places to be attacked by Allied forces during the Normandy landings.

A plane in a museum at Merville gun battery. It was one of the first places to be attacked by Allied forces during the Normandy landings.

Pegasus bridge. Or actually the new Pegasus bridge. One of the major battles in Normandy took place here.

Pegasus bridge. Or actually the new Pegasus bridge. One of the major battles in Normandy took place here.

A stone cross in one of the villages in northern Normandy. Can't remember any more where.

A stone cross in one of the villages in northern Normandy. Can't remember any more where.

Château de Balleroy in a small village of Cerisy-la-Forêt.

Château de Balleroy in a small village of Cerisy-la-Forêt.

Mont Saint-Michel, the sister of St Michael's Mount of Cornwall.

Mont Saint-Michel, the sister of St Michael's Mount of Cornwall.

Inside the village of Saint-Michel, one of the numerous stairs that lead to the church on top.

Inside the village of Saint-Michel, one of the numerous stairs that lead to the church on top.

The church on top of Mont Saint-Michel.

The church on top of Mont Saint-Michel.

The cloisters in the church of Saint-Michel.

The cloisters in the church of Saint-Michel.

Crusader dolls are very popular in Saint-Michel's souvenir shops.

Crusader dolls are very popular in Saint-Michel's souvenir shops.

In the Museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux.

In the Museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux.

Bayeux was the first town in Normandy to be liberated on the morning of 7th June, 1944.

Bayeux was the first town in Normandy to be liberated on the morning of 7th June, 1944.

A typical Norman house in Saint-Desir.

A typical Norman house in Saint-Desir.

Lisieux cathedral, a national monument.

Lisieux cathedral, a national monument.

The main altar of the Lisieux cathedral.

The main altar of the Lisieux cathedral.

A small village called Le Bec Hellouin.

A small village called Le Bec Hellouin.

Typical Norman houses in Le Bec Hellouin.

Typical Norman houses in Le Bec Hellouin.

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