A brief break in the reading and writing content today for me to reminisce on the fact that it’s been 10 years since I left Normandy, and still, it’s rare a day will go by that I don’t think of that place and my experiences there.
I still think it’s the most underrated area of France to visit — most people I know who’ve been there have taken a day trip from Paris to see the beaches and that’s it. But I maintain it’s a place you could spend a year in and still not take it all in.
So in case you’re considering a trip to the Contentin peninsula sometime soon, I highly recommend going in spring. And in case you need ideas on what to do …
Stop in Honfleur…
… Bayeux …
… Rouen …
… and Étretat.
See the beaches …
… and take a stopover in Saint-Malo …
… and Jersey (the island, not the state).
Don’t let public transport get you down …
… talk to strangers …
… and maybe bring some company in case you don’t like traveling alone.
And of course, go to Giverny while you’re there.
Image of Monet’s gardens at Giverny taken by me, April 2007.
Time for another travel essay. Today’s topic: that time I decided to travel alone.
Still inside my head!
I’m never going to stop posting about travel in addition to reading and writing, so have no fear. Travel is important to me because I love it, because it enriches life, and because I think it helps humans develop empathy. (Think about how much ignorance would be stamped out in the US alone if people traveled more!)
But at this point in life I can’t travel extensively, because day job, and because writing career. I do want to write more travel essays, because travel provides experiences that just keep on giving to my story-making side — but lately, I haven’t had time.
For those of you who come here for more travel — I will make time soon.
For now, enjoy this lovely shot of the Chateau de Langeais, which I visited nearly one year ago as part of one of my favorite vacations ever.
Photo of the Chateau de Langeais taken December 14, 2015, by me.
I went to Ireland a couple of weeks ago…
As promised, I want to combine two of my favorite things and talk about how I decide which books to bring with me when I travel…
Remember how two weeks ago I said we’d decided to go to the Pacific Northwest for a road trip this year?
I’ve officially decided on a Pacific Northwest road trip for my (woefully short) vacation this year, and I need help… Continue reading
Do you ever think about where you’ll go if the world ends?
Time for another travel essay. Today’s topic: on why you should talk to strangers while traveling.