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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.
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April 10 2014 5 10 /04 /April /2014 13:08

082 Le donjon, La Haye-du-Puits

I had lunch at a nice family restaurant called “Le Commerce” in the town center of La Haye-du-Puits. Everything was just delicious and the chef cooked our steaks right in front of us over a grill in the fireplace. 069I’ll never forget how warm it was inside especially since we were seated right next to the chimney. La Haye-du-Puits is a pretty small town but it does have its attractions including an 11th century keep. It is believed that the keep is the oldest in la Manche and was constructed by Turstin Haldup. 084 Le donjon, La Haye-du-Puits

The motte rises to a height of 7 meters while the tower rises to nearly 20 meters. Inside is a spiral staircase but entry is forbidden since it is quite unsafe. 067 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-Puits070 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-PuitsAnother interesting place to visit is L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste at the heart of the town. The present church was built between 1851 and 1862 in the Gothic Revival style, the site of a much older Romanesque church. It suffered from bombings in June 1944, as well as the effects of the Battle of La Haye-du-Puits. The south tower which was destroyed during the war never rebuilt. 071 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-PuitsThe interior is quite spacious and very well lit. 072 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-Puits075 Monument funéraire d'Arthur de Magneville, L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-PuitsIt has two short side chapels including this one devoted to the Sacred Heart and another which houses the Renaissance tomb of Arthur de Magneville. The beautiful stained glass rosette above the portal was created in 1998.074 L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, La Haye-du-Puits

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March 31 2014 2 31 /03 /March /2014 14:29

001 Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte006 Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte002 Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte007 Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte004 Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-VicomteJust south of Cherbourg is the town of Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte  which is famous for its château which dates from the eleventh and twelfth centuries.  What remains are fortifications flanked by towers and a massive keep. 005 Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte013 Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte014 Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-VicomteThe ruins have been classified as a historic monument since 1840.  Nearby is the small cemetery which is the final resting place for local celebrity, writer Jules Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly.

016 Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly, Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte

019 Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly, Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte

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April 21 2013 1 21 /04 /April /2013 08:11

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8644990334_72e0f8f77a_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8387/8643893821_33e3b29097_b.jpgAnother church I visited during the Clochers en fête last year was the Église Saint-Thomas in Lithaire, built in 1894.  Many of these beautiful little churches are closed permanently due to the declining numbers of parishioners and the inability of local communities to keep them open throughout the year for tourists.  Fortunately, the doors are opened every now and again during the Clochers en fête and we can get a glimpse inside some of these culturally important structures.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8385/8644989356_7dbc5b8f12_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8405/8644990304_2820045c72_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8543/8643894153_175d744fe2_b.jpgI was most impressed with the blue glass of the windows which bathed the interior in a cool glow.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8117/8643894809_36fd4762a5_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8644990022_f1bae8b884_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8524/8644989758_d68c3b56a9_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8534/8643894403_f5bec192ba_b.jpgAlthough I have very little information about the interior of the church, I can tell you that it is tastefully decorated with statues from the former church to Saint-Thomas in Mont Castre.

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April 21 2013 1 21 /04 /April /2013 07:43

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8644989064_19e813b873_b.jpgÉglise Saint-Martin in Doville was built between 1840 and 1843 in the center of town and replaced the former parish church which was situated along the side of the Mont de Doville and called la chapelle Notre-Dame du Bon Secours.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8399/8644988586_d408390c7e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8644988706_e158e58a59_b.jpgThe interior of the church is rather plain and decorated with several statues from the 19th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8643892769_c552bf7527_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8643893075_8d37703da4_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8644988266_12bb5a22f4_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8643892241_b9864c9967_b.jpgThe chapel on the hill was built in 17th century on the site of the choir of the former parish church.  Although it remains mostly unused, it is still a site of pilgrimage for local Catholics who seek the intervention of the recently beatified Father Pierre-Adrien Tourlorge whose service took place last year on April 29, 2012 in the cathedral of Coutances.  Outside, there are beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8100/8643892385_99f3bf5450_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8538/8643892551_c54c2550e2_b.jpgAn old cemetery surrounds the chapel with crypts which date as far back as the 16th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8643891963_5c6346d615_b.jpgOf interest inside are a 15th century bas-relief of St-Martin as well as several 16th century marble and limestone plaques which are fixed to the walls.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8523/8643892297_7a1d0d5aac_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8259/8643891831_707fa81b65_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8251/8643891699_9317b8de83_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8644986824_b9daa59897_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8251/8644986548_f462541102_b.jpgThe windows of the chapel depict scenes from the life of Pierre-Adrien Tourlorge.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8100/8644986370_f54f0cd281_b.jpg

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April 20 2013 7 20 /04 /April /2013 06:45

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8643890367_15e1c1f0a9_b.jpgAccording to an ancient legend, the name of this remote village in the heart of the marais originates from the story of Dame Létiticie, a noble woman from Saint-Sauveur, who, having gotten lost in the forest during a hunting party believed she would die of thirst.  After invoking the protection of the Virgin, she saw a spring gush forth and then vowed to build a sanctuary on the place, which has since been called Selsoif.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8644985516_08f74b173d_b.jpgThe church dates as far back as the 11th century.  The interior is decorated with sculptures of the Virgin and Child and Sainte-Catherine both dating from the 14th century and wood statues of Saint-Sebastian and Saint-Claude from the 16th century.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8125/8643890355_91cb415df0_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8405/8644985754_1da9b57947_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8119/8644985848_b02df9be55_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8644986038_51b4231aa3_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8252/8643890945_cd803668ce_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8258/8643891053_e361b55471_b.jpg

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February 22 2013 6 22 /02 /February /2013 11:40

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8493933659_7f498f695f_b.jpgÉglise St-Pierre in Prétot-Sainte-Suzanne is a massive, old church in the form of a Latin cross with a square bell tower and gabled roof, typical of many churches in Normandy.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8096/8495032170_4f2c58033b_b.jpgThe church as it exists now dates as far back as the 15th and 16th centuries although the nave dates to the 12th century.  The low bell tower is placed above the transept.  The nave is very long and is known for its round, stone pillars without capitals.  However, the carved faces at the base of the vaults are really spectacular.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8391/8495031400_324ee94113_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8243/8493932947_6ced8b7898_b.jpgI just loved all of the interesting faces.  Several polychrome wood and stone statues from the 15th and 16th centuries are listed with the state as historical monuments.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8093/8493933051_9b7ce3729b_b.jpgThis is a statue of Ste-Barbe from the 16th century.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8495031082_85f7bc6709_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8511/8495031172_5000cd9f99_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8233/8495031316_908c3715b8_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8245/8493933143_588b585a7e_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8493933267_38ccb8e6fd_b.jpgNotice how the vault of the choir is lower than the rood screen.  This is because the original wood ceiling was lowered in the mid 1800s during restorations and replaced with new stone arches.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8493933423_be4d5fb39e_b.jpg 

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February 21 2013 5 21 /02 /February /2013 12:18

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8521/8493894083_b9e25d522f_b.jpgNot far from Carentan within the Parc Naturel Régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin is the remarkable medieval church of Saint-Étienne d’Appeville.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8510/8493893995_2e0597ae70_b.jpgIt became an historic monument in 1950 and is one of the most interesting in the region due in part to its lantern tower.  Becoming too small for the parish, the building was totally restructured in the 13th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8388/8493893721_635b517d4d_b.jpgThe plan is simple, a Latin cross with just a chancel and nave, flat chevet and prominent transept.  Outside the church, one is immediately struck by the square tower resting on the cross of the transept.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8494991988_9e25a31d45_b.jpgThe lower floor is in the form of a lantern tower, the higher floor is the bell tower in an eight sided pyramidal shape.  Each face of the tower has five gemeled arches.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8494992322_254ea60986_b.jpgOne notable external feature is the vaulted 15th century covered porch on the west entrance.  The internal decoration of the church dates mainly from the 18th century.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8519/8494992422_2d1b517668_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8493893871_ec76074da0_b.jpgNotably the main altar in gilded wood and polychrome; the pews in carved oak; the painted, gilded crucifix; the magnificent pulpit carved in oak, evocative of a heart with harps.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8494992250_ea598ea53d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8494991740_3915a6de98_b.jpg

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January 25 2013 6 25 /01 /January /2013 08:58

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8363/8406973005_8ecd0a767c_b.jpgÉglise Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul in Coigny dates from the 15th - 17th centuries and is known for its 16th century polychrome rood beam with crucifix and its 17th century altar.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8506/8408067408_448c1a4e14_b.jpgThis is an exterior view of the nave and the seigneuriale chapel.  The saddleback clocktower is typical for churches in Normandy.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8054/8406976877_300621a57c_b.jpg  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8195/8406973135_083ff433be_b.jpgThree meters above the ground on the southwest corner is a 16th century  sundial.  Inside is the beautiful altarpiece of painted faux marble created by Thomas Carraby in 1652.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8406972837_4795d2c4f3_b.jpgThe poral of the tabernacle has an intricate carving of the Good Shepherd.  The central panel depicts the Ascension of the Lord and was painted by Parisian : "Duplessier-Vigoureux invenit et pinxit, Lutetia, 1717".  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8227/8406977627_5f28c0ab07_b.jpgThe base of the altar is decorated with a statue of Christ and the four evangelists. Within the seigneuriale chapel are several memorial plaques including this one with the inscription : Robert Jean Antoine de Franquetot Compte de Coigny 1652 - 1704 et François de Franquetot Duc et premier Maréchal de Coigny 1670 - 1759. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/8406976913_34ccd5c9d7_b.jpgThe hearts of these two lords are wrapped in lead behind the plaque while the bodies of their wives are in lead coffins located in the vault under the chapel.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8408071284_92c736547a_b.jpgAnother interesting plaque commemorates a wedding and asks that prayers be said in this church on behalf of the couple.  The beautiful staute of Our Lady with the Infant Christ rests on the altar of the seigneuriale chapel surmounted by the crest of arms of the Franquetot family.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8231/8408071130_9e7ef4ac96_b.jpg

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January 23 2013 4 23 /01 /January /2013 08:05

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8509/8407977010_0d1428ee26_b.jpgOne of the many small churches in the Marais du Cotentin that I had the fortune to explore during the Clochers en Fête last June was the eglise Notre-Dame de Cretteville.  The church dates from the 13th to 15th centuries.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8187/8407977044_5436d2dcfa_b.jpgA woman's head adorns the top of the southern portal.  Inside, there is no transept and the nave is divided from the choir by a large stone archway.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8052/8407976812_6065985e1a_b.jpgAbove the choir is a large polychrome rood beam.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8406883341_d96626b303_b.jpgThe lower portions of the arches within the two side chapels are decorated with human and animal figures.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8326/8407977878_eec9b2c59d_b.jpgThe chapel to Our Lady dates from the 15th century.  The church has several stained glass windows including this memorial window created by the Ateliers Lorin founded in 1863 by Nicolas Lorin, master glass maker in Chartres.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8407977860_17cd8fa20c_b.jpg 

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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8205/8276271603_73574be680_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8346/8276270549_f01dbb969d_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8077/8277327466_fbc34c0ca1_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8277326484_0aa56cb8c6_b.jpgThis charming fishing port, with its granite houses and its quays littered with lobster pots, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8065/8277322546_9b8912857c_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8082/8277323292_7215d33c30_b.jpgTradition has it that the boat which carried William, Duke of Normandy on his invasion of England was built in the shipyards of Barfleur.  http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8276267535_c25c9f5480_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8276266491_6e4f99b47d_b.jpgIn 1194 Richard Lionheart also embarked from Barfleur on his way to be crowned King of England.  On the day that I visited, a group of actors recalled these events with a reinactment at the foot of the église St-Nicolas.http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8277306334_1d738370ee_b.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8276261829_72e4f47b99_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8354/8277318746_e6b1df879c_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8277317772_ecf86369d1_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8276258883_cce27850c1_b.jpgIn fact, the entire town was celebrating its Viking and Medieval heritage with several tents set up throughout the village. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8347/8277315776_af566b1ab3_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8276256771_6f1a2da61b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8063/8277313730_dd7ef07029_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8277312650_cf0cbca5c2_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8341/8277311634_52ea9c56dc_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8276252585_82a437f94b_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8277309500_b25e72deab_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8200/8277307382_e987147766_b.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8067/8277308418_39d1436dde_b.jpgIn a pile of staw beside one of the tents was this sleeping kid.  It looks like he had enough fun for one day !
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