Ten things to do in north-western France before you die

Hello, we’re two weeks into the honeymoon season of The Earful Tower and my wife and I are currently in the small village of Plédran in Brittany.

We’ve driven 800 kilometres on the scooter and we’ve seen more than we can remember. Since the last episode, we’ve stayed near Deauville, on Normandy farms, and near D-Day beaches, before passing through the top half of Brittany.

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Now that our time in the north west is coming to an end, here’s our list of the ten things you absolutely must do before you die.

Press play below to hear the 30-minute podcast episode and scroll down for the list. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple here and Google here.

1. Walk the top of the old city walls in Saint Malo at sunset

It’s really as magical as it sounds, the old fortified walls will leave you gobsmacked. Prepare for wind!

2. See the tapestry of Bayeux

We’d heard about this museum, but nothing compares to walking along the 70m tapestry and taking it in yourself. Be sure to check out the local cathedral too, well worth a visit!

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3. Walk through the old town of Bernay

Ever heard of Bernay? Neither had we. But it’s absolutely a hidden gem of the north west – stop there on the way to Deauville, perhaps?

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4. Explore the pink granite rocks at Ploumanac’h

Not only is this place one of the prettiest villages in the country (it won an award for it in recent years), but the seaside is mesmerising.

5. Try local delicacies such as cider, galettes, crepes, and Kouign-amann

Avoid your typical restaurant choices at all costs – go with the flow. Even if you can’t pronounce it. Ten points if you can pronounce Koign-amann. I still can’t.

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6. Check out the Mont Saint Michel at low tide 

Write a message in the sand and see it from the monastery above!

7. Visit the charming village of Dinan

Another pearl in Brittany, be sure to add it to your itinerary. Why not have a cider by the water while you’re there?

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8. Find a museum along the D-Day Beaches

We went to the Juno Beach centre, which was a good one, but there are plenty more to choose from.

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9. Stay in a farm-house with a French family

We found a few via Airbnb and they were excellent. I suppose you never know what you’re going to get, but a good French family will take you in and treat you like their own. Good luck!

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10. Take the back roads and find the small villages

Can’t stress this one enough – get off the highways and you’ll be amazed at what you find!

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That’s it for now. Of course, this list is best enjoyed as a 30-minute podcast where we get right into the details. Once again, listen here.

In the mean time, if you wanna see all the bonus footage and support this show at the same time then sign up on Patreon today and unlock it all.

See you on the other side, I hope!

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