A few miles inland is Bayeux, and however you choose to get there, whether by bike, bus, or taxi, this beautiful city is a must see for anyone visiting Normandy: a medieval jewel miraculously left untouched by the battles of 60 years ago, as British troops from Gold Beach took it without a fight the day after the landings. The city is straight out of central casting: narrow, winding streets, timber-framed houses with overhanging eaves, and an imposing cathedral in the Gothic style that dates from the 11th century. There are plenty of French shops where you can search out vintage Calvados, the excellent local cider brandy, and there’s a good choice of restaurants. Indeed, this is a good place to indulge in Norman specialties like ficelle Normande (narrow French bread filled with ham, cheese, and mushrooms), escalope Vallée d’Auge (veal sautéed and flambéed in Calvados with cream and apples), and even marmite dieppoise (rich seafood stew served in an iron pot), although it’s not strictly local (Dieppe being a bit farther up the coast).
When you lay eyes on the Carver C52 Command Bridge you will see the kind of interior volume that helped this builder make its name. And then you’ll be wondering when you can take one for a test drive, as we were.
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