Normandy, 2nd (Country & Regional Guides - Cadogan)

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Now fully redesigned, this new edition contains the most up-to-the-minute practical information and listings, along with color photographs and maps. With detailed and fascinating insight into the region’s culture, including its glittering contribution of Monet, Corneille and Gide, and history, Cadogan proves to be an engaging and informative companion. From the magical otherworldly Mont-St-Michel to the moving beaches of the D-Day landings; the coastal glamour of Honfleur and Deauville to the breathtaking workmanship of the Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy is a rich and complex landscape. Lush with orchards and horse meadows, it is home to a fair proportion of France’s superlative sights including Monet’s garden at Giverny and the stunning modern bridges over the Seine estuary. Cadogan offers fresh insight to these well-known destinations and then recommends the best places to try Normandy’s fine cuisine: its famous cheeses, Isigny butter and excellent seafood, all washed down with a slug of France’s most densely flavored brandy, the famous Calvados.

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Clare Hargreaves has had itchy feet ever since going out to live in Africa at the age of 8 months. Armed with a degree in French and Spanish, she trained as a journalist, including an 18-month posting in Paris with Reuters. When not on the road, Clare combines travel writing with cooking Mediterranean food professionally.

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Normandy has its art heroes, with Monet leading the charge, and more than its fair share of literary heroes. Corneille, heroic playwright par excellence, came from Rouen. André Gide mounted a brilliant challenge to proverbial Catholic morality and hypocrisy in a series of novels for which he won the Nobel Prize. Maupassant wrote the sharpest, bitterest short stories in the French language, many as redolent of Normandy as the finest Calvados. Then of course there’s Flaubert, whose Madame Bovary wastes away so despondently in Normandy, desperate for passion. On the whole Normandy’s native literati have hardly given the province a good name, but the region’s most stinking heroes are, of course, its cheeses.’

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