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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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August 20 2010 6 20 /08 /August /2010 13:44

345 Hôtel de Ville, Querqueville (2)

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Published by The Baguette - in Happy Things
August 16 2010 2 16 /08 /August /2010 18:15

La voie de la Liberté est une voie commémorant la victoire des Alliés et la libération de la France, de la Belgique et du Luxembourg pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Sainte-Mère-Église, La voie de la LibertéElle est matérialisée par une série de bornes kilométriques le long du réseau routier entre Sainte-Mère-Église (borne 0) et Utah Beach (borne 00) en Basse-Normandie et Bastogne dans la province belge du Luxembourg, marquant l'itinéraire suivi par la 3e armée américaine commandée par le général Patton.

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Published by The Baguette - in Basse-Normandie
August 14 2010 7 14 /08 /August /2010 21:35

138 Église Notre Dame du Travail, Tourlaville142 Église Notre Dame du Travail, Tourlaville146 Église Notre Dame du Travail, Tourlaville147 Église Notre Dame du Travail, Tourlaville

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August 12 2010 5 12 /08 /August /2010 19:31

022 Morning mist, Normandy Inn, Le val borel, Montbray« La vie est un rêve, mais rêver n’est pas vivre. »

-- Constantÿn Huygens

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Published by The Baguette - in Happy Things
August 11 2010 4 11 /08 /August /2010 07:05

"La diligente abeille n'a pas de temps pour la tristesse."

-- William Blake358 Hôtel de Ville, Querqueville 360 Hôtel de Ville, Querqueville

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Published by The Baguette - in Querqueville
August 7 2010 7 07 /08 /August /2010 09:16

 

368 Hôtel de Ville, QuerquevilleOnopordum acanthium103 l'ancien hôpital militaire, Cherbourg« Les artichauts, c’est un vrai plat de pauvres.  C’est le seul plat que quand t’as fini de manger, t’en as plus dans ton assiette que quand tu as commencé ! » --Michel Coluche336a Hôtel de Ville, Querqueville"It is good for a man to eat thistles and to remember that he is an ass!" -- ES Dallas

369 Hôtel de Ville, Querqueville

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Published by The Baguette - in Nature
August 4 2010 4 04 /08 /August /2010 21:01

128 Le Coq, Jardin Public, Cherbourg

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Published by The Baguette - in Nature
July 31 2010 7 31 /07 /July /2010 09:35

019Emmanuel Liais (1826 – 1900), a former mayor of Cherbourg, an astronomer, and a passionate botanist took advantage of his travels to return home with several South American and Asian plants.  Between 1880 and 1893 he created a magnificent botanical garden, with greenhouses, an observatory and a lake.  009aHis former home, situated at one end of the park was converted to the Museum of Ethnography, Natural History and Archaeology and houses his amazing collections of animals and ethnic artifats from over five continents to Oceania. 052a053The presentation of objects has changed very little since its opening in 1910.  The museum today keeps the spirit of the “curiosity cabinets” from the Victorian age, giving privilege to the accumulation of all kinds of objects.  This deliberate choice of presentation creates the atmosphere of a museum within a museum.  055056062There is also an Egyptian room which shows off its own mummy and sarcophagus, identified by Champollion himself in 1832, a 12th century notable funeral stele, ushabtis and funeral vases.  The animal world is also well represented in the five downstairs rooms with animals from all the continents : South American birds, African apes, sea creatures,  reptiles, butterflies and beetles.  073054054a063063a071072070069The two stuffed seals are named Leon and Arthur and used to live in the town’s public garden.  Seals are no longer kept at the Jardin public but you can see its last resident, a female named Flamboyante here.   024In 1852, Emmanuel Liais was one of the founder members of the "Société Nationale des Sciences Naturelles et Mathématiques de Cherbourg" (Cherbourg's National Institute of Natural Sciences and Mathematics) which still manages Cherbourg's "Library of Science" which was created by the town in 1906 and possesses more than 80,000 books.  026022027028036The park is an oasis of calm in the heart of the town.  The garden and greenhouses of the Parc Liais provide a complete change of scenery, a green and pleasant environment where you can discover the only Brazilian jubea spectabilis palm tree in France, 010010a015Japanese azaleas over a hundred years old, a Lambert cypress and many other exotic species.  037Another rare species of palm, the prehistoric encéphalartos has existed on the Earth for over 100 million years.  The plant can live to be over 2000 and will grow up to 80 meters.  Sadly, its disappearance seems inevitable because the two encéphalartos in the Liais greenhouses account for the last two specimens in Europe and both of them are female making any fertilization impossible.  The two trees were purchased by the city between 1909 and 1911 and contribute to the glory of 421 varieties of plants spread underneath the 510 square meter greenhouses.  021018034046043041030Cherbourg's temperate climate allows exotic plants to thrive at uncommon latitudes.   The greenhouses shelter the most extraordinary collections of tropical plants : you can go to the heart of a humid tropical forest, and follow that by crossing a cactus desert….035009b 

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Published by The Baguette - in Cherbourg
July 29 2010 5 29 /07 /July /2010 20:17

069 Allée couverte sépulture mégalithique de La ForgeNear the hamlet of La Forge, just outside of Bretteville-en-Saire is an ancient megalithic gravesite known as the Allée Couverte, or “covered alley” which is over 4,000 years old.  Its length is roughly 17 meters and is composed of stones weighing several tons each.  There are seven table stones which cover the site that range from 1.80 m to 2.8 m in length and 40 to 60 cm thick; one is granite while the others are of local stone.  How they got there is still a mystery.  072 Allée couverte sépulture mégalithique de La ForgeAccording to legend, they were made by fairies who used them as homes while others say dwarves kept their treasures buried there.  An excavation carried out in the seventies found that the area was actually used as a burial spot for many centuries although human remains were not found.  It is likely that the acidity of the soil left no trace of human bones.  073 Allée couverte sépulture mégalithique de La Forge074 Allée couverte sépulture mégalithique de La Forge076 Allée couverte sépulture mégalithique de La ForgeUnder several layers of soil many human artifacts were found including carved flints, scraps of pottery, a drinking goblet and a beautiful axe of polished stone.  It is classified as a Historical Monument.

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Published by The Baguette - in Le Val de Saire
July 26 2010 2 26 /07 /July /2010 09:27

105 l'église Saint-Ursin

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Published by The Baguette - in Calvados