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Normandy, France, has a rich and fascinating history. It's the birthplace of William the Conqueror and the final destination for Joan of Arc. Gauls, Romans, Saxons and Vikings have all contributed to Normandy's turbulent past and today. The remains of these former civilisations can be seen in the ruins, monuments and museums that scatter the landscape. Chateaus, cathedrals and abbeys bear testament to times of former affluence, and bustling seaside ports, grazing dairy cattle and peaceful apple orchards are a part of Normandy's culture that has remained largely unchanged over time. Visit the City of a Hundred Spires, Rouen, and wander its medieval old town and masterpiece-stuffed Fine Arts Museum. Cross the causeway onto the iconic Mont St Michel, an island commune rising majestically from the sand. Explore Cité de la Mer in the town of Cherbourg, where you can experience a sailor's life on the largest submarine in the world.