Walking in Normandy
Normandy - History, Culture and Cuisine
For many, Normandy conjures up black and white images of 'Operation Overloard' on June 06, 1944.
Normandy however, is much more. From Viking conquest to Roman towns, Normandy has literally been at the heart of French and European history for centuries.
At Alpine Interface, Normandy is not just a destination.
Our director, Louis Marino is of Norman ancestry. His mother grew up in a small village outside of Rouen during the war years and Louis has spent nearly all of his summers as a child and teenager in Normandy. He also attended the University of Rouen and completed his graduate studies there.
The trip which he has created is more than just sightseeing and walking. It is a return to childhood memories, incredible meals in quaint sea-side eateries, long walks along the chalk cliff near Etretat and of course, the bunkers and vestiges of the incredible adventure which was World War II and Operation Overlord.
Normandy's windswept coast and stunning hamlets can often rival majestic peaks and its vibrant farmer's markets, imposing cathedrals and strong traditions make it one of the best-kept secrets.
Normandy is also gastronomy; what the French do best and we will have plenty of opportunities to taste some of France's finest cuisine. The earth is dark and rich in Normandy and produces an abundance of food, dairy products, vegetables and cereals. Over the centuries, Normans have perfected the art of good, simple food using organic ingredients. Choosing restaurants not for their pricy menus, but rather fort their creativity, we will allow you to discover the real France. Our stay in Normandy will take us to various farms, distilleries and cheese making factories as well as quaint inns serving local and regional specialties.
But let's not forget the walking. Well-maintained trails along cliffs and in towering forests are some of the terrain, which will be covered during the 9 days of moderate walking.