42 days in Western Europe Itinerary

42 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 3 nights
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Diksmuide, Belgium
— 1 night
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Veurne, Belgium
— 1 night
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De Panne, Belgium
— 1 night
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Ostend, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Kortrijk, Belgium
— 1 night
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Lille, France
— 1 night
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
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Middelburg, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Mons, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Lier, Belgium
— 1 night
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Diest, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Namur, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bouillon, Belgium
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Liege, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Genk, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Caen, France
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium — 3 nights

Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bellewaerde, Flanders Field American Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery, and other attractions you added.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ieper (Ypres) trip itinerary planner.

Brussels to Ieper (Ypres) is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Ieper (Ypres) sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Diksmuide.
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Diksmuide, Belgium — 1 night

Diksmuide is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders. Your day by day itinerary now includes City Hall and Belfry as well as Museum Aan de IJzer. On the 4th (Mon), witness the site of a historic battle at Dodengang (Trench of Death), see the interesting displays at Museum Aan de IJzer, and then get a sense of history and politics at City Hall and Belfry.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Diksmuide online trip itinerary planner.

Diksmuide is very close to Ieper (Ypres). July in Diksmuide sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Veurne.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Veurne, Belgium — 1 night

Veurne is a city and municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. You've added Landhuis Saint Walburga Church, Vrij Vaderland, Sint-Niklaaskerk en - toren, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Landhuis Saint Walburga Church, take an in-depth tour of Vrij Vaderland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Niklaaskerk en - toren, and finally stroll the grounds of Belgische Militaire Begraafplaats Ramskapelle.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Veurne online journey planner.

Veurne is just a stone's throw from Diksmuide. In July, daytime highs in Veurne are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to De Panne.
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Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

De Panne, Belgium — 1 night

Once a quiet fishing village, De Panne has become a buzzing beach resort with natural sand dunes that provide good views and an even better story. You'll find beachfront beer stalls and seaside activities along the coast of the North Sea.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plopsaland De Panne as well as De Panne Beach. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at De Panne Beach and then find something for the whole family at Plopsaland De Panne.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our De Panne tour itinerary planning tool.

De Panne is just a stone's throw from Veurne. In July, daytime highs in De Panne are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ostend.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Ostend, Belgium — 2 nights

Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maria Hendrikapark, Zandsculptuur, Hangtime, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Ostende, walk around Leopoldpark, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, then stroll around Maria Hendrikapark, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Zandsculptuur and then get your game on at Hangtime.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ostend day trip site.

You can drive from De Panne to Ostend in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a tram. In July, daily temperatures in Ostend can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bruges.
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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Church of Our Lady Bruges, Historic Centre of Brugge, Belfry of Bruges, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Walburgakerk, make a trip to The Markt, then see the interesting displays at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, then get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and finally walk around Koningin Astridpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Brugse Vrije, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bruges holiday builder.

Bruges is just a stone's throw from Ostend. In July, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kortrijk.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Kortrijk, Belgium — 1 night

Kortrijk is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders.It is the capital and largest city of the judicial and administrative arrondissement of Kortrijk. Your list of things to see and do now includes Begijnhof, Saint Martin's Church, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, and other attractions. On the 11th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Martin's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Kortrijk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kortrijk trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Bruges to Kortrijk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kortrijk can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lille.
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Lille, France — 1 night

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Vieux-Lille, Old Stock Exchange, Place aux Oignons, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Old Stock Exchange, enjoy some diversion at Jardin Vauban, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Geants, explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place aux Oignons, and finally take a stroll through Vieux-Lille.

Before you visit Lille, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Lille is very close to Kortrijk. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ghent.
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Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Ghent, Belgium — 1 night

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sint-Pieters-abdij, Gravensteen, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, get a new perspective on things with Kajaks Korenlei, take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Ghent itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lille to Ghent in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Middelburg.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Middelburg, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Middelburg is a municipality and a city in the south-western Netherlands and the capital of the province of Zeeland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Glowgolf, Efteling and National Park De Biesbosch. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Efteling and then explore the striking landscape of National Park De Biesbosch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Glowgolf, then cruise along Deltawerken Oosterschelde, and then make a splash at Deltapark Neeltje Jans.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Middelburg attractions planning website.

Getting from Ghent to Middelburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Ghent in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Middelburg: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mons.
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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Mons, Belgium — 2 nights

Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pairi Daiza, Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, Hotel de ville, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll around Parc du Waux-Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Elisabeth, and then have fun and explore at SPARKOH!. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll around Hotel de ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, and then get to know the resident critters at Pairi Daiza.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mons trip planner.

You can drive from Middelburg to Mons in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Middelburg in July: highs in Mons hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mechelen.
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Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Mechelen, Belgium — 3 nights

Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hallerbos, Boottocht op de binnendijle, Speelgoedmuseum, and other attractions. Family-friendly places like ZOO Planckendael and Grote Markt will thrill your kids. When in Mechelen, make a side trip to see Groot Begijnhof in Leuven, approximately Leuven away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Rumbold's Cathedral and see the interesting displays at Kazerne Dossin.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mechelen online holiday planner.

Getting from Mons to Mechelen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Mechelen can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lier.
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Lier, Belgium — 1 night

Lier is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. Your list of things to see and do now includes Bobbejaanland, Lier Historical Town, Begijnhof Lier, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): examine the collection at Zimmer Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof Lier, then admire the landmark architecture of Lier Historical Town, and finally experience the excitement of Bobbejaanland.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lier driving holiday tool.

Lier is just a short distance from Mechelen. July in Lier sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Diest.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

Diest, Belgium — 2 nights

Diest is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. Your day by day itinerary now includes Citadel of Diest as well as Sint-Sulpitiuskerk. On the 22nd (Fri), find something for the whole family at Hidrodoe. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Citadel of Diest, wander the streets of Begijnhof Diest, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Sulpitiuskerk, and finally don't miss a visit to Abdij van Postel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Diest sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Lier to Diest in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Diest sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Namur.
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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Namur, Belgium — 2 nights

Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. Your day by day itinerary now includes Le Beffroi as well as Parc Louise - Marie. On the 24th (Sun), stroll around Parc Louise - Marie, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Loup, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de St-Aubain (St. Aubain Cathedral), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Domaine Des Grottes De Han. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Citadelle (Citadel), get in on the family fun at Parc Attractif Reine Fabiola, and then contemplate the long history of Le Beffroi.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Namur online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Diest to Namur takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bastogne.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Bastogne, Belgium — 1 night

Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history. Bastogne makes a good day trip from almost anywhere in the Ardennes region and provides an easy bus link to Liege, a popular travel destination located less than 70 km (45 mi) north.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at McAuliffe Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mardasson Memorial, stroll around Parc Chlorophylle, then learn about all things military at Bastogne Barracks, and finally learn about all things military at Bastogne War Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bastogne route planning site.

You can drive from Namur to Bastogne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bouillon.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Bouillon, Belgium — 1 night

Bouillon is a municipality in Belgium. Your day by day itinerary now includes Eglise des Saints Pierre et Paul as well as Euro Space Center. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Euro Space Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise des Saints Pierre et Paul, then take in panoramic vistas at Belvedere Bouillon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau fort de Bouillon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bouillon trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Bastogne to Bouillon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Liege.
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Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

Liege, Belgium — 3 nights

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Eglise St-Jacques, Eglise Saint-Antoine et Sainte-Catherine, Eglise St-Barthelemy (Church of St. Bartholomew), and other attractions. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gare de Liege-Guillemins and Grotte de Comblain. Explore Liege's surroundings by going to Le Labyrinthe de Barvaux-Durbuy (in Barvaux) and Old Town of Durbuy (in Durbuy). The adventure continues: make a trip to Montagne de Bueren, contemplate the long history of Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral), explore the different monuments and memorials at Ardennes American Cemetery, and get to know the fascinating history of Coteaux de la Citadelle.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Liege route planning tool.

You can drive from Bouillon to Liege in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Genk.
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Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Genk, Belgium — 3 nights

Genk is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. Your day by day itinerary now includes Molenvijverpark as well as Cosmodrome Kattevennen. Change things up with a short trip to Attractiepark Toverland in Sevenum (about 3h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Open Air Museum Bokrijk and steep yourself in history at C-Mine.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Genk online trip planner.

Drive from Liege to Genk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Caen.
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Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Caen, France — 8 nights

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Memorial de Caen, Gros-Horloge, Abbaye aux Dames, and other attractions you added.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Caen day trip site.

You can drive from Genk to Caen in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 3 — 11:

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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Normandy travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.
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