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From Normandy's most sensible historical attractions akin to Mont St-Michel to the D-Day shorelines to the gustatory delights of cream, Camembert, apples, cider, and Calvados - do not fail to spot a specific thing in a single of the main attractive and well known areas of France.

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D Colleville-sur-Mer 28 Batteries de Longues Arromanches The remains of the artificial Mulberry Harbour make a startling sight (above) – a testament to the ingenuity of Winston Churchill, who realized that if the troops wanted to land, they would have to bring their harbours with them. Gold Beach Soon after they landed here, the British 50th Division took Arromanches, enabling the Mulberry Harbour to be put in place. Normandy’s Top 10 Near Arromanches, this is the only German battery still to have its guns.

Deauville Château de Crèvecour-en-Auge A rare chance to look inside a medieval lord’s moated, fortified Auge manor. The former agricultural buildings house a museum of oil prospecting, connected with the Schlumberger Foundation. Clermont-en-Auge In the village, look for St-Michel-de-Clermont, a charming chapel offering a fine panorama of the Pays d’Auge and the marshland beyond. Maison des Calvados, Cormeilles Beuvron-en-Auge One of the loveliest, and most popular villages in the area. Charming houses, each one striped with old beams and dripping with geraniums (above), cluster around the main square.

Stallholders sell traditional produce and, for early risers, an amazing selection of fresh fish. d Map L2 (organic fruit and vegetables, saucisses, jams), professionals bring imports (olives, honey, exotic cheeses) from every corner of France, and fishermen sell their morning-fresh catches. Dieppe is famous for its lisettes (baby mackerel), scallops and gendarmes, the smoked herrings available in November. d Map J1 Rouen Place St-Marc is the scene of a lively market on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with fruit, veg, bric-à-brac and second-hand book stalls.

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