|Subject: Re: Normandy Hotel Recommendations|
Hi Brenda & Hans,
I have stayed in Bayeux twice & loved it both times! I drove through Caen & took the train there but it is a much bigger town & just didn't have the nice feel of Bayeux. Don't miss the Peace museum in Caen, tho. I stayed at a really awful, dirty B & B , run by an English retired military man once & the Churchill Hotel the next time. It is on the walking street & a great location. Not fancy as a hotel, very small rooms but nice staff & right downtown. There is a wonderful restaurant around the corner...can't think of the name but Rick Steves mentions it in his book on France. My next choice would be Le Lion d'Or. Also good location in middle of town. Really delicious Normandy food. Yummy! http://www.bayeux-tourism.com gives you several hotels to choose from.
There is a Hertz outlet on the outer ring road at a service station & I would recommend renting a car, at least for a day. I know no French but had no trouble driving around the area. It is beautiful & rural & driving to the landing beaches & memorials is such an individual experience, better shared alone than with a tour group. Sept. is a great time to go. Fewer crowds & great weather. Mont St. Michel is an easy 2 hour drive from Bayeux, too. Try Calvados for a mind-numbing experience. When my husband was alive, he told a story about using Calvados during WW II to drink, fillup the jeep, & use in other GI's cigarette lighters!
Have a wonderful trip. Many good memories. Carol Bailey still 90 degrees between Priest River & Priest Lake, ID