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Coasting by on its solemn history

Caen, count the belltowers!

Caen is situated in Basse-Normandie, in the north-east of France. The town nicknamed "ville aux cent clochers" ("hundred bell towers city" ) is only 2 hours far from Paris and connected to England thanks to the ferry boat Caen-Portsmouth.

About France

The main historical monuments of Caen were built under WIlliam the Conqueror in the 11th century: the Abbey of Saint-Etienne (also known as "Abbaye aux Hommes") which houses the city hall, the Abbey of Sainte-Trinité (also called "Abbaye aux Dames") and the picturesque castle, one of the largest castles in Europe.

Despite the bombings of the Second World War, the old city was conserved and you can still stroll about its streets. Don’t forget to visit the Mémorial of Caen, commemorating the Second World War and the Battle for Caen which you won’t leave without feeling moved.

Discover the local gastronomy: the famous tripe from Caen, the "livarot" cheese and the "teurgoule" dessert.

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    super quick and efficient |
    "it is only 16 minutes on the train from Caen to Bayeux but it was a very easy experience and economical "

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    journey 2 |
    "Transfer to next train went very well and journey very comfortable. Finding way to subway station for transfer to Gare Du Nord was a bit of a hassle but managed ok. "

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    journey 1 |
    "Train was on time, help at station good and trip very good. Carrying luggage was no problem. "

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    Quick, Comfortable and conveni |
    "We made a day trip from Paris to Normandy using the train and could not be happier, it was comfortable, quick and saved us a lot of tme and money - "

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    Great service. |
    "The E-Ticket I printed at home was simply scanned by the Conductor on the train. No need to go to a ticket office. It worked well. Train was clean, comfortable, plenty of room for luggage and was on time leaving and arriving at my destination. Excellent service. "

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    Great way to get around France |
    "I found that booking a first class ticket on this route was worth it. The seating was most comfortable. "

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    Train experience in France |
    "We didn't end up travelling on the TGV as we eventually found out that all the trains were delayed due to a body being found on the tracks somewhere. We were eventually informed that we should catch another train and this we found to be excellent. Elevators were not clearly displayed or not in existance and thus we carried large and heavy luggage up "

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    Crowded Train |
    "Passengers were very pushy to get on. A kindly old gentleman let me sit on his walker seat, but we were packed in like sardines. Very uncomfortable trip. "

  • pleasant, comfortable journey |
    "2nd class ticket, about 2 hours which was comfortable as the train was not full. "