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Local Info

    The countryside surrounding Varykino (and the village of Tordouet in which it is situated) is ideal for walking or touring. There are many places to visit within easy reach of Varykino. Paris (and EuroDisney) are both only about two and a half hours away by car or train. The historic yet lively and exciting town of Rouen is much closer, it is noteworthy both for its flamboyant Gothic cathedral and for the charming and picturesque streets and half-timbered Norman houses of the "Old Town".
    Take a look at the up-market coastal resorts of Deauville and Trouville, with their extensive sandy beaches. Furthermore, the beautiful evocative port of Honfleur is well worth a visit. It is notable for the Old Dock, with its reflections of the tall houses along the Quai Saint - Catherine, and its host of slate roofs against the backdrop of the hillside. Bayeux, (famous for its tapestry and magnificent Romano-Gothic Cathedral) and Chartres each within a days excursion. Falaise, with its massive Norman castle (birthplace of William the Conqueror) is also within easy reach.
    The two towns in close proximity are Lisieux and Orbec, at eight and four miles respectively. Here there are restaurants, bars, markets and a variety of shops. There are also local fetes and other events during the season.

A small gallery of photos, click to enlarge

The elegant new Mairie (town hall) which was built in Tordouet c.six years ago in the traditional collumbages (half timbered) style. The Mairie serves not only the village of Tordouet but also the numerous outlying farms and hamlets in the vicinity.

The 11th century (octagonal) tower of the church of Saint-Michel l in Tordouet. The church itself was largely re-built in the nineteenth century. The tower is remarkable for the three octagonal floors which rest on a square base.


The Casino at Deauville at night

The Mairie at Lisieux (decorated for Christmas).


Molly and her Dad taking advantage of a lovely summer day at the spectacular Bishopric Gardens (Les jardins de l'Eveche) situated immediately behind the Cathederal St-Pierre (built between the 12th and 15th centuries and located in the market square at Lisieux).

Molly and her Mum visiting the Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet (which is situated in the immediate vicinity of Varykino).



A selection of romantic pictures of Varykino in the snow.



What is the origin of the name Tordouet?
Two possible explanations have been offered: the first suggests that the name Tordouet is derived from "trois douets" or three streams - and three streams do indeed run through Tordouet village. The second suggestion is that the name is derived from the latin "tortus dictus"which means "tortuous watercourse". Again this would appear to be an apt description of the Tordouet streams. Moreover the people who live in Todouet are known as "les Tortedictins"


D-day and the Liberation of Normandy

    For anyone who has even a passing interest in the history of the D-day Landings, "Varykino" is well-placed for easy access to museums and battle sites. The most notable museums are: the Peace Museum at Caen, the Landings Museum at Arromanches, and the Bayeux Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy. Additional interesting places to visit include the Great Bunker at Ouistreham and the Falaise Pocket Memorial at Mount Ormel/Trun.

To help you plan you holiday itinerary take a look at these website......

Normandy Tourism.   The Normandy Tourism Board with pages in many languages.

Normandy. pages about Normandy in English.

Normandy Battlefields. A very interesting site as the name suggests.

Normandy Excursions. Normandy Excursions designs personalized itineraries for self-drive tours in Normandy and other regions of France, and walking tours of Paris.