Putting pause on strolls down Le Seine, we're eschewing Paris in favour of the bucolic hills and white chalk cliffs of Normandy, easily accessible by the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. We're paying homage to the region's stinky cheeses by setting off on the Routes des Fromages. With stops at dairy farms and delis, it's the gastronomic equivalent of a booze cruise with Camembert replacing cases of cava. Lockdown had you flexing your DIY muscles? Hunt down antiques and something to hang on those freshly painted walls Le Perche, an area known for its flea markets and bohemian flair. Afterwards, make tracks towards Trouville-sur-Mer - a little touristy, maybe, but there's no denying the "Norman Riviera" beaches possess an air of nostalgic, seaside charm. Finish off with a trip to Le Musée du Débarquement in Arromanches-les-Bains; it's one of the region's most respected D-Day museums.
Stay: Château de Saint Paterne