Are you a history buff? The Normandy region is planning events that celebrate French History from William the Conqueror to D-Day. A number of tour operators are offering D-Day themed itineraries, with in-depth, historically focused programs. More than two dozen museums are documenting various aspects of D-Day.
You might want to start with a ferry across the English Channel to Normandy and an exploration of the area. The city of Caen was the favorite place of William, Duke of Normandy. aka William the Conqueror, who a thousand years ago brought the English throne under his control.
Check with your travel agent or the internet for package tours or cruises and fit your interests and time. If you have the time, you might want to combine the Normandy anniversary events with a stay in Paris for a few days. What better time could there be? Visit the Eiffel Tower, stroll along the avenues, cruise the Seine. Relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere. If you are on a package with a tour operator, you may be staying at the hotel they use. But, if you want to drop off the tour package and book a Paris hotel of your own choosing, I highly…highly…recommend the Brighton. It is on the right bank of the river Seine, across from the Tuileries. You also can admire the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, the Dome of the Invalides. The hotel faces the Tuileries, the most important and the oldest of all the Paris gardens, with its manicured lawns, beautiful flowerbeds, elegant marble statues and basins. Just a few blocks away is the Place de la Concorde. You can easily walk to many of Paris’ attractions.
Why not read up on the history of France with a few good books? Research the kings and queens, the wars, the revolutions, the relationship with the Americans. If you are old enough to have been around during World War II, you will surely have an interest in this 70th Anniversary. If you are younger, was your father or grandfather in the military during that time? Did your mother or grandmother work in a wartime factory? What is your family history in relation to the war years?
Think about making the 70th Anniversary of D-Day the focus of your 2014 vacation!