Normandy takes its name from the Norsemen who added it to the Viking portfolio of property in 911 AD.
In 1066, a date known to all French children, William (the Conqueror), Duke of Normandy, began the invasion of England. Within five years, he’d pretty much taken over the whole damn island and installed French monarchs. They spoke French for 300 years in England.
The French did not officially regain control of Normandy until 1259 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.
Giverny, where Claude Monet lived, is one of the region’s most popular tourist sites. He painted lots of things that you can still see there, like water lilies. My favorite part is the kitchen, which the man himself painted an incredibly vibrant (but not obnoxious) yellow. I love thinking about how even though he was a great artist, he still had to do things around the house. It’s easy to get to by train from Paris. You should go.