5. Diverse and interesting cities.
Visit Rouen, where Joan of Arc died; the coastal town of Honfleur, a cruise port of call and picturesque with its half timbered houses; Deauville, a resort destination of spas, casinos , polo fields and other signifiers of a rich citizenry; Trouville, a scenic fishing town; and Le Havre a major port dominated by the Eglise St-Joseph finished in 1959.
6. Striking coastline.
France’s answer to the cliffs of Dover, the white cliffs of L’Etretat are magnificent to see and photograph.
Because this is a farming area with a long sea coast , you get the best of both land and sea in its cuisine. Creams, butter, cheese and cider have already been mentioned. Look for apple tarts, oysters, mussels, lobster, lamb, duck, veal, and rabbit dishes. For sweets, various pastries abound, macaroons and marzipan.