Itinerary: 48 Hours in Normandy, France

Two questions I get asked the most from friends and readers wanting to travel are “what should I do in London?” and “what should I see in Normandy?”.  These are both two places I have been able to visit more than once and am always happy to share recommendations. Since it is July 4th and I am one of the proudest Americans you could meet I decided to share my itinerary from my trip to Normandy last summer.

The first time I went to Normandy I was in high school and my sister, cousin, and I all had a European adventure. One of my favorite parts of the trip was visiting this very historic town. The emotions were overwhelming and something I couldn’t prepare myself for. I am extremely patriotic, as is my family, so seeing the American Cemetery and the D-Day beaches (something I had studied for years and only every seen on t.v.) was a surreal moment. The second time I went was just as special. My father, the man who taught me this appreciation for history, had a childhood dream to visit Normandy. On a trip abroad last summer we fulfilled this dream. My parents, husband, and in-laws all headed to Normandy to experience what I had a few years before. It was a fantastic trip and one I won’t forget!

My mother-in-law who is the most amazing planner laid out every inch of the trip to perfection! I asked her to share our itinerary so I could pass it along to you all. Shall you ever find yourself in France a trip to Normandy is a must!!

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** disclosure – My mother-in-law hired a driver, which if you can, I highly recommend. It made the entire trip easier, faster, and run smoothly! The up-front cost is very worth it!

Day One

14h00 Arrive on the cliffs overlooking Arromanches  ** Must Do and one of my favorite things of the trip – watch the movie (Normandy’s 100 Days”) which is shown on nine different screens – very moving. From there walk down to the D-Day Landing Museum on the beach

16h00 Leave for Bayeux

16h15 Visit the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

17h00 Visit the Bayeux Tapestry

18h15 Visit the Bayeux Cathédral

19h00 Depart for Château d’Audrieu

19h30 Arrive at the Château d’Audrieu

Enjoy dinner in the bar of the hôtel. I recommend walking the gardens or riding a bike around the grounds after dinner.

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Day Two

8h30 Depart for Longues-sur-Mer

9h00 Arrive Longues-sur-Mer, visit the German bunkers

9h30 Depart for Colleville-sur.Mer

Visit the American Cemetery and the WWII Memorial

11h40 Visit Omaha Beach

12h30 Départ for Vierville-sur Mer

12h35 Lunch at the Hôtel du Casino – overlooks the beach between the American Cemetery and the Pointe du Hoc

13h45 Depart for the Pointe du Hoc

13h55 Visit Pointe du Hoc and the Rangers Museum. Watch the 20 minute movie on “The Impossible Mission”

14h45 Depart for Utah Beach

15h30 Visit Utah Beach and the Landing Museum (reserve a tour guide)

16h45 Depart for St. Mère Eglise

17h00 Visit the Airborne Museum and the church in St.-Mere-Eglise

18h00 Depart for Château d’Audrieu

18h45 Arrive at the Château d’Audrieu

19h00 Dinner at the hotel

The Find
Whereabouts: Paris, France

Outfits • The Earring

It actually wasn’t until my sister-in-law pointed out my earrings that I remembered how much I love them. I received these Bauble Bar Constellation Earrings a few months ago and have not taken them off once. They look fantastic on your ear as the constellation goes up the side. And if you have double piercing – even better! They are accompanied with a star that you can use on both sides or one in each ear!

Travel • Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has a very special place in my heart. Not only is it the perfect getaway but it is also where I got engaged. When I travel I love taking quick videos of everything I do so I can reminisce for years to come. The hubs and I actually rented a car and drove up the 101 from L.A. to S.B. – which I HIGHLY recommend doing one day! The entire trip was breathtaking and one I will never forget! Definitely add it to your bucket list if it isn’t there already! I actually created a really long version of my travels to Santa Barbara but to keep you entertained I cut it down to 22 seconds. So here it is, 22 seconds in Santa Barbara.

The Button-Up

If you are in Dallas and haven’t already definitely head to the Lou and Grey store. Before I left for Paris I went on a crazy shopping spree there. Not because I needed a ton but because everything was so incredibly perfect for a summer wardrobe. I loved how simple and easy each piece was. And that every piece in the store could be worn together. My kind of shopping experience. Hands down one of my favorite pieces I purchased was this silk button-up blouse. It has been a staple in my travel wardrobe: wearing it with linen pants, jeans, shorts, and with dress pants for a night out.

Since I was overly blessed in the chest department finding a button-up which fit without pulling has always been a challenge. You buy one size bigger and it doesn’t pull but then you are swimming in it. Buy your normal size and it fits in the arms and body but you pull the buttons apart. It is a serious dilemma for someone who loves the look. However, from the moment I put this Lou & Grey blouse on I knew it was a perfect fit! Wether you have this problem or not you should definitely consider heading here or to the Dallas store and grabbing one of these for yourself! I got it in white and black (it comes in six colors total) and should probably invest in two more with the amount of use I have gotten out of them!

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outfit details // Lou & Grey Silk blouse, Frame Distressed Denim shorts, Superga Lace sneaker on sale (in black and gold here), J.Crew Panama hatZeroUV sunnies c/o

 

Beauty • The Perfect Red

I have always worn and loved my Revlon ‘Love That Red’ lipstick but a few weeks ago I wanted to try something new. I had read that MAC ‘Russian Red’ was the perfect red for any skin tone so of course that was the one I had to try! Let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint. It is a true red (no corals) and looks fantastic on. I was shocked at how good it looked on myself and my friend (who has very pale skin)! It is THE PERFECT RED!

Outfits • Hanky Panky

I have never been able to wear those really cute bralettes with zero support. They always ran too small and never quite fit. Until now. Ladies with normal to big size boobs I introduce you to the Hanky Panky Retro Bralette (also in pink here). Not only does it fit like a dream (I am a size L but they run to XL) but it supports as much as it possibly can. I have been wearing them every day and under everything! I am obsessed! for more information on bras and fittings check out my friend, Debby’s blog post today!

Beauty • The Curler

My lashes usually don’t take well to eyelash curlers. They are long but they are straight which has driven me to extensions many of times. However, thanks to my friend Debby I have not found THE ONE. The SHU UEMURA Eyelash Curler has changed my eyelash game. Apparently it is in the way it curves that is so exceptional. I don’t know what it is but all I know is this curler works!

Paris: Day 1 + 2

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Well, I am here! After a week in London and Geneva the hubs and I made our way to Paris. We arrived at my apartment and have been settling in ever since. The apartment itself is great! I found it on Airbnb (click here to get $25 off your first trip) a few months ago and every part of the transaction was smooth. Muriel, the owner, is so kind and has been awesome at communication. It is located in the 6th arrondissement – right next to the Seine! I really couldn’t ask for more!

The hubs, who is a native french speaker, has been helping me a TON! I am so beyond grateful he is here! I am actually so scared that he leaves in a day. He has been able to communicate to every waiter, sales clerk, teacher, taxi driver, and so on. He has made the entire transition really easy and I am terrified to have to figure it out on my own, although I know that is the point of this trip. That is actually something I didn’t expect to experience – this feeling of complete n ervousness. Up until this point I have been excited to be alone and explore a new city but now it is here and I am a bit panicky. I did have a moment earlier today where I looked at him and just teared up. I know it is a mixture of things: one that he is leaving and I am away from him for so long but also a realization that I am in a city that I don’t know and with a language I don’t speak. I could actually cry as I type this. What is my problem?

He keeps telling me that he has to leave for me to learn. He is actually “enabling me instead of helping me”. And I agree. I don’t want to agree, but I do. I am not being forced to speak the language or figure out the lay of the land.  However, that doesn’t mean I am ready for him to go. I think everyone must have this moment when they are about to start a new journey which is out of their comfort zone. A moment of  “oh my gosh, what the f&** did I sign up for?”  I know I need to be patient with myself as I will be fine once I start my school and get a routine going but for now I am a bundle of nerves.

So there it is. I am not as brave or as adventurous as I projected in my previous posts. I am nervous to be alone, scared to not know people, and worried I will be the worst one in my class. Although in my gut I know this is right and I know it will all be okay, for now I can’t quite remember if I was of sound mind when I signed on for this.

As I document this journey I hope I can go back and re-read this post and laugh. That I will actually be able to say to myself, “wow, look how far you came. You now know the city, the language, and you really grew as a soul.” That will be the best feeling in the world! So here it is! The start of my very exciting and scary Paris journey! Stay tuned…

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