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  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.

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April 17 2014 5 17 /04 /April /2014 10:26

251 Au Temps Des Cerises, Jumièges

If I didn’t already tell you, let me say it again: the weather in Haute Normandie was just wonderful last weekend. Not only were the fruit trees blossoming, so were the cherry trees and fields of yellow rape. 256 Au Temps Des Cerises, JumiègesOn the morning of my second day, I had a sumptuous breakfast in the dining room of our chambre d’hote. The owner was very kind and served us fresh crepes with several different homemade jams and conserves. While I ate, I wondered what the day was going to bring since the countryside appeared to be covered in a thick fog. 255 Au Temps Des Cerises, Jumièges254 Au Temps Des Cerises, Jumièges257 Au Temps Des Cerises, JumiègesI took a few photos of Au Temps de Cerises and then decided that the fog would likely burn off by the time I reached my first destination for the day, the Château de Robert le Diable. 262 Les bacs de SeineSince there was no bridge over the Seine nearby, we would have had to take the road around the river and put over 50km on our car. Fortunately, drivers can take the ferry over the river at Le Mesnil-sous-Jumièges and the distance is only 18km. 263 Les bacs de SeineThe ferry had to wait for eight vehicles to board before casting off to the other side of the Seine which we couldn’t even see because of all the fog. 266 Château de Robert le DiableWhen we arrived in Moulineaux, we parked the car beside the war memorial which was constructed using the remains of an old tower from the château. The Château de Robert le Diable is a feudal castle from the time of the Dukes of Normandy. 276 Château de Robert le Diable282 Château de Robert le Diable293 Château de Robert le DiableIt takes its name from Robert the Devil who, according to some, was Robert de Montgommery, also known as Robert le Magnifique ('the magnificent'), Duke of Normandy and father of William the Conqueror. However, there is no evidence that this person was involved in the construction. The castle was built during the 11th and 12th centuries and stands on a hill which dominates the River Seine--the views extending over the whole Rouen region, making it a particularly strategic location.  280 Château de Robert le Diable270 Château de Robert le Diable279 Château de Robert le Diable274 Château de Robert le Diable275 Château de Robert le DiableFortunately for us, the fog had cleared off and all that remained could be seen hovering over the Seine. It is known that the English King Richard I ('Lionheart') stayed here. His brother, King John ('Lackland') destroyed the castle during his struggle with the King of France Philip II Augustus. The latter rebuilt it. During the Hundred Years War, the people of Rouen destroyed the towers to prevent the castle being used by the English.

297 Château de Robert le Diable

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