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Normandyjug is a fun and free online World War II RTS game that lets you take on the role of an American Army fighter squadron fighting through Normandy in 1944. It’s based on real events from that time and features a lot of re-enactment including firework displays, air shows, and military enactments.

The Apples and Cider

There is a tradition of cider making in Normandy that goes back to the 11th century. It’s one of the main exports of this area and a great way to start the day.

The best cider is made by using the renowned ‘Orleans Method’ which means that it’s fermented naturally by wild yeasts found in Normandy and then aged in oak caskets. The resulting vinegar is a complex and flavourful product.

Lace in Bayeux

Another important part of the culture in Normandy is lace making. In the town of Bayeux bobbin laces are still used in everyday clothing and can be found on everything from shawls to mantillas.

Festivals in July

A huge range of festivals are happening throughout the summer across Normandy and this is a great time to visit. The most popular is the 75th anniversary of D-Day Landings in June but there are a number of other events worth checking out.

Peasants in the country

When you travel through rural Normandy on Sunday or fete days you will see that the peasant women wear the frilled caps that are so commonly depicted in art, and they have a very fine style of dress.