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
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
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
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
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
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. Franceway.com pages about Normandy
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.