Suisse Normande is a tiny part of Normandy
in the northern half of France. It straddles the Orne and Calvados
districts, south of the river Seine (see map).
Its name comes from the river Orne which flows across the area,
digging gorges and cliffs, and thus creating spectacular landscapes.
Among this lush, ever-changing scenery, all
sorts of buildings can be found
- houses, farms, churches - , which look more like the dark granite
dwellings of Brittany than the half-timber houses of the nearby
The people living
in this land of cattle breeding and traditional agriculture have
succeeded in keeping a peaceful way of life, quite different
from the hectic pace of the Normandy seaside resorts.
This part of France that we know and love,
we present to you in images - pictures,
watercolours, paintings. We also give you many practical tips
to find a place to stay and enjoy
the food, organise your visits
and your outdoor activities, and find
all sorts of useful informations.
We also provide a section covering the main
Towns and villages of Suisse normande,
such as Pont d'Ouilly, Clécy,
Thury-Harcourt and Falaise.
To top it all, we also suggest you read our
short story (in French).
In short, an invitation to discover this land
which, we hope, will entice you!