Jess’s guidebook

Jess
Jess’s guidebook

Sightseeing

The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. The long lines of white marble Latin crosses and stars of David symbolise the sacrifices that the Allied nations - and here in particular the United States of America - have made for our freedom. The cemetery is an exceptional site, not in the least because of its impressive location dominating Omaha Beach, where the Americans suffered their worst losses. It take around 45 minutes to drive to the American Cemetery from La Forge and is well worth a visit.
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Normandy American Cemetery
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The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. The long lines of white marble Latin crosses and stars of David symbolise the sacrifices that the Allied nations - and here in particular the United States of America - have made for our freedom. The cemetery is an exceptional site, not in the least because of its impressive location dominating Omaha Beach, where the Americans suffered their worst losses. It take around 45 minutes to drive to the American Cemetery from La Forge and is well worth a visit.
Mont Saint Michel is about a 1.5 hour drive from La Forge but is well worth a visit. The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of medieval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century. The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the ""Merveille"" (Marvel) since the 12th century.
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Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint Michel is about a 1.5 hour drive from La Forge but is well worth a visit. The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of medieval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century. The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the ""Merveille"" (Marvel) since the 12th century.
The Arromanches D-Day Museum overlooks the beach, close to the spot where the remnants of the artificial harbour can still be seen on the sandy shore and in the waters near Arromanches. The museum illustrates the remarkable logistics and technical aspects of "Operation Mulberry," which involved the building of the Mulberry Harbours. Near the museum are many cafés and shops on the bustling Place du 6 Juin square. www.musee-arromanches.fr
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Musée du Débarquement
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The Arromanches D-Day Museum overlooks the beach, close to the spot where the remnants of the artificial harbour can still be seen on the sandy shore and in the waters near Arromanches. The museum illustrates the remarkable logistics and technical aspects of "Operation Mulberry," which involved the building of the Mulberry Harbours. Near the museum are many cafés and shops on the bustling Place du 6 Juin square. www.musee-arromanches.fr
Best beach in the area with life guards. There are all sorts of activities including swimming, surfing, body boarding, volley ball, play area, land sailing. There are number of bars and restaurants close to the beach. Great day out for the whole family.
Beach Sciotot
Best beach in the area with life guards. There are all sorts of activities including swimming, surfing, body boarding, volley ball, play area, land sailing. There are number of bars and restaurants close to the beach. Great day out for the whole family.
Located in Cotentin, in Normandy, Tatihou Island is a natural area of ​​28 hectares which becomes a peninsula at low tide. The island offers its visitors the maritime museum, a fort with its Vauban tower classified as World Heritage in 2008 and gardens. At low tide you can walk to the island and at high tide there is a boat to take you across. The island also host a music festival which takes place for a long week in mid august.
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Tatihou
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Located in Cotentin, in Normandy, Tatihou Island is a natural area of ​​28 hectares which becomes a peninsula at low tide. The island offers its visitors the maritime museum, a fort with its Vauban tower classified as World Heritage in 2008 and gardens. At low tide you can walk to the island and at high tide there is a boat to take you across. The island also host a music festival which takes place for a long week in mid august.

Family Day Out

Festyland is the biggest family amusement park in Normandy with over 28 attractions for young and old! The park is just outside Caen and take about an hour to drive there from La Forge. Festyland, Route de Caumont, 14760, Bretteville-sur-Odon Website http://festyland.com
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Parc Festyland
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Festyland is the biggest family amusement park in Normandy with over 28 attractions for young and old! The park is just outside Caen and take about an hour to drive there from La Forge. Festyland, Route de Caumont, 14760, Bretteville-sur-Odon Website http://festyland.com
Outdoor Activities, Tours, Zipline and Aerial Adventure Park for the whole family. www.forestadventure.fr/
Forest Adventure
3 Étang Rd
Outdoor Activities, Tours, Zipline and Aerial Adventure Park for the whole family. www.forestadventure.fr/
This was one of our favourite places to visit when the kids were younger, especially the goats! It will take about 1 1/4 hours to drive there from La Forge.
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Zoo de Champrépus
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This was one of our favourite places to visit when the kids were younger, especially the goats! It will take about 1 1/4 hours to drive there from La Forge.
This a must see when in Normandy. Dedicated to man’s adventures under the sea. Your visit will take you through the magnificent Art deco Luggage Hall where you will discover the area dedicated to the Titanic, In La Cité de la Mer, you can discover the ocean depths on a large scale! During an unforgettable day, full of excitement, you will live through an adventure, you will have fun, you will be filled with wonder, and learn all there is to know about deep-sea exploration, an adventure that is still being played out. https://www.citedelamer.com/
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La Cité de la Mer
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This a must see when in Normandy. Dedicated to man’s adventures under the sea. Your visit will take you through the magnificent Art deco Luggage Hall where you will discover the area dedicated to the Titanic, In La Cité de la Mer, you can discover the ocean depths on a large scale! During an unforgettable day, full of excitement, you will live through an adventure, you will have fun, you will be filled with wonder, and learn all there is to know about deep-sea exploration, an adventure that is still being played out. https://www.citedelamer.com/
At the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux you will discover the conquest of the throne of England by William the Conqueror from 1064 until the end of the Battle of Hastings. www.bayeuxmuseum.com
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Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
13B Rue de Nesmond
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At the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux you will discover the conquest of the throne of England by William the Conqueror from 1064 until the end of the Battle of Hastings. www.bayeuxmuseum.com
The leisure centre is located in the buildings of the old castle farm. It offers rental of canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes to discover the Regional Park of the Cotentin and Bessin Marshes. You can also practice rock climbing, archery or canoeing in a session with qualified educators. Orienteering is offered around the base and the castle. https://ssvbasedeloisirs.jimdofree.com/
BASE DE LOISIRS SAINT SAUVEUR LE VICOMTE, canoë, kayak, tir à l'arc, escalade, VTT
The leisure centre is located in the buildings of the old castle farm. It offers rental of canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes to discover the Regional Park of the Cotentin and Bessin Marshes. You can also practice rock climbing, archery or canoeing in a session with qualified educators. Orienteering is offered around the base and the castle. https://ssvbasedeloisirs.jimdofree.com/
Headquarters of the German paratroopers before being taken over by the American paratroopers, it is now a historical museum. Learn about the story of this house surrounding a unique and authentic collection of artifacts.
Dead Man's Corner Museum
3 Vierge de l'Amont
Headquarters of the German paratroopers before being taken over by the American paratroopers, it is now a historical museum. Learn about the story of this house surrounding a unique and authentic collection of artifacts.

Food scene

This is the closest bar to La Forge, you can walk, cycle or drive there. It is a very small cosy local bar with a shop next door. Nice place to stop for a few beers and meet some of the locals. 1 Rue Sainte-Anne, 50190 Gorges, France
LE RELAIS DES FORGES
1 Rue Sainte-Anne
This is the closest bar to La Forge, you can walk, cycle or drive there. It is a very small cosy local bar with a shop next door. Nice place to stop for a few beers and meet some of the locals. 1 Rue Sainte-Anne, 50190 Gorges, France
The Pom'Cannelle restaurant is located in the centre of La Haye-du-Puits. Their food is of a high standard and the price is very reasonable. They offer traditional French cuisine either for lunch or dinner and a variety of family meals all sourced from local and regional products. http://www.restaurantpomcannelle.fr
Restaurant Pom'Cannelle
10 Rue du Gén Leclerc
The Pom'Cannelle restaurant is located in the centre of La Haye-du-Puits. Their food is of a high standard and the price is very reasonable. They offer traditional French cuisine either for lunch or dinner and a variety of family meals all sourced from local and regional products. http://www.restaurantpomcannelle.fr
One of our favourite restaurants we like to go to when we are in Barneville-Carteret. This place gets very busy but it is worth the wait as the food is very good and not to expensive.
Bar Restaurant La Cale Marine
2 Prom. Abbé Lebouteiller
One of our favourite restaurants we like to go to when we are in Barneville-Carteret. This place gets very busy but it is worth the wait as the food is very good and not to expensive.
Small cosy bar, post office and shop. Good place to stop if you have been out cycling on the old railway network.
Le Bauptois
51 Le Bourg
Small cosy bar, post office and shop. Good place to stop if you have been out cycling on the old railway network.
Nice friendly family restaurant in La Haye du Puits. Good for just a coffee or beer. Food is good too.
Le Commerce
11 Place Patton
Nice friendly family restaurant in La Haye du Puits. Good for just a coffee or beer. Food is good too.
Artisan manufacture and sale of traditional quality local produce and very quirky gift shop. Inside the shop, you will see the decor is still in the old fashioned style, to whisk you back to yesteryear ! The French influence reigns supreme over the displays of gourmet food, regional and local produce. Savoury or sweet, there is something for everyone ! Here and there, the shop's style will take you back to another era, and the delicious aromas you tempt you to stop at our wonderful deli in La Manche, Normandy.
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La Maison du Biscuit
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Artisan manufacture and sale of traditional quality local produce and very quirky gift shop. Inside the shop, you will see the decor is still in the old fashioned style, to whisk you back to yesteryear ! The French influence reigns supreme over the displays of gourmet food, regional and local produce. Savoury or sweet, there is something for everyone ! Here and there, the shop's style will take you back to another era, and the delicious aromas you tempt you to stop at our wonderful deli in La Manche, Normandy.
French, European restaurant in Carentan. Good for a special meal out with the family.
Logis Auberge Normande
11 C Boulevard de Verdun
French, European restaurant in Carentan. Good for a special meal out with the family.
Great place to stock up on local beers from around the Normandy region and beyond and to sample a few in the friendly taproom and bar.
BeerZ
13 Rue du Commerce
Great place to stock up on local beers from around the Normandy region and beyond and to sample a few in the friendly taproom and bar.
Great bar with its own brewery. You can try all their beers with their taster paddle and takeout a 5L mini keg.
L'Eldorado
52 Rue François La Vieille
Great bar with its own brewery. You can try all their beers with their taster paddle and takeout a 5L mini keg.
Located in the heart of the old town of Cherbourg opposite the port, the Restaurant La Régence is a warm friendly setting, offering fish and seafood specialities as well as many tasty local recipes. Good quality food that is not to expensive.
Hôtel La Régence
42 Quai Caligny
Located in the heart of the old town of Cherbourg opposite the port, the Restaurant La Régence is a warm friendly setting, offering fish and seafood specialities as well as many tasty local recipes. Good quality food that is not to expensive.
You will find La Taverne du Parvis in the heart of Coutances town centre. The hotel-restaurant is at the foot of the magnificent Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame de Coutances. Get place to get a reasonably priced meal after a walk round the gardens, shops and churches of the old town centre of Countances. Also has a good beer selection.
La Taverne du Parvis
18 Place du Parvis Notre Dame
You will find La Taverne du Parvis in the heart of Coutances town centre. The hotel-restaurant is at the foot of the magnificent Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame de Coutances. Get place to get a reasonably priced meal after a walk round the gardens, shops and churches of the old town centre of Countances. Also has a good beer selection.

Emergency

Nearest Pharmarcie is in Le Haye du Puits.
Pharmacie du Marché
2bis Rue Emile Poirier
Nearest Pharmarcie is in Le Haye du Puits.
Nearest Doctors is in La Haye du Puits
Mezerette Herve
1 Place du Champ de Foire
Nearest Doctors is in La Haye du Puits