Many visitors to Paris take short trips to Normandy to see the WWII memorials and battlegrounds, but in December there’s even more reason to head to the region—the Christmas markets of Normandy. Let’s take a look at what awaits children of all ages in the Normandy towns of Rouen and Caen. They’re perfect for a holiday-themed day trip as the cities are walkable from the train station, and give you a good idea of what Christmas is really like for the French once it is stripped of the glitz and glamor of chic Paris.Rouen
You may know the city of Rouen for its Cathedral, its beautiful architecture made famous thanks to a series of paintings by Monet. For the month of December, that church serves as a backdrop to the small but charming Christmas market, with chalet-style huts that sell everything from pastries to ornaments. Highly recommended for a snack is the hot cheese pretzel and mulled wine.
Photo courtesy of Gaëtan Zarforoushan via Flickr.