It is in Normandy, on a land full of history that you will find La Folivraie Farm, in Louvière, just 2km from the famous landing beach Omaha beach.
For lovers of history and nature, the surroundings of La Ferme de la Folivraie offers endless possibilities. In Colleville-sur-Mer, just a 12-minute drive away, you will find the famous American Cemetery honoring the fallen soldiers from the Battle of Normandy. But also, a little further, there is the D-Day Landing Museum in Arromanche, as well as the Museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux. All along the coast you will find monuments, museums and memorials of the landing.
Finally, there is the Caen Memorial, the most visited museum in France outside Île-de-France. It is part of the International Network of Museums for Peace, it offers an immersive experience in
commemorating World War II, the Battle for Caen, the history of the twentieth century and the fragility of peace.
Take bikes and pedal along the coast, enjoy the beautiful beaches of Normandy: Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Ouistreham...
Even further are the coastal towns of Cabourg, Deauville and Honfleur. These cities are renowned, including the city of Deauville, which hosts the annual American Film Festival. Honfleur is also famous for being the subject of artists such as Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet. Its picturesque harbor and quaint house with slate-clad facades are worth travelling for!
Inland, the cities of Caen, Falaise and Bayeux are also marked by history. Indeed, half of the city of Caen was destroyed by the WWII bombings.
But the two abbeys from the eleventh century have been preserved. This city nicknamed "the city with a hundred steeples" was also the city of William the Conqueror. In 1060 he founded the Château de Caen which is one of the largest castles in Europe! The Museum of Normandy lies within the castle and every it relives its history with a magnificent medieval banquet. Today the city of Caen is a very dynamic cultural student city. Take time to visit the abbeys, the castle and the city hall, stroll along the cobblestone streets of the city center and eat in one of the vaugueux restaurants.
The city of Bayeux is also rich in history, including that of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, an eleventh century embroidery that is inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register. The Tapestry describes the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror.
Finally, in Falaise is the Castle of William the Conqueror - one more! - that you can visit using virtual reality from a bygone era. Using a tablet, you will instantly see the interiors of dungeons, luxury and real estate in virtual reconstruction. You can’t help but feel transported back in time, walking along side history's great characters. This immersive experience is accompanied by projections of images, stories and soundscapes that appeal to both children and parents!
If you love the story and especially that of William the conqueror, know that you can also stay in the Hastings area of England!
You can experience true 1066 country at Lunsford Farm, a half hour from Senlac Hill where the battle of Hastings took place in 1066.