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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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February 16 2010 3 16 /02 /February /2010 08:44

Etretat 001Étretat, now an elegant resort, has always had a great reputation because of the originality of its setting.  The grandeur of the high cliffs and the crashing waves is unforgettable whatever the season.  It is no wonder that the town has inspired many writers, artists and film directors.  Etretat 002 Claude Monet-Etretat the Aval door fishing boatMaupassant spent is childhood here, “leading the life of a wild foal”, according to his own words, and Maurice Leblanc described the Aiguille Creuse through his famous character, Arsène Lupin.  Other famous personalities who helped to establish the fame of the town included Alexandre Dumas, André Gide, Victor Hugo, Gustave Courbet, Jacques Offenbach and Claude Monet. 
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The single beach, skirted by a sea wall promenade, lies between the well-known cliffs; to the east the Amont Cliff with its small chapel Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde and its museum; to the west the Aval Cliff with its monumental arch cut through the chalk, known as the Porte d’Aval.  La chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, was built in 1854.  It is both dedicated to the Blessed Virgin but also pays tribute to mariners lost as sea.  It was completely destroyed during the Second World War and then rebuilt in 1950.

Etretat 005Etretat 006Offshore stands a solitary needle rock, the Aiguille.  On the beach are three traditional thatched fishermen’s huts originally used for storing fishing equipment but have now been restored and are used as outdoor coffee shops.Etretat 007

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February 15 2010 2 15 /02 /February /2010 08:03
LA FONTAINE DU GROS HORLOGE, ROUENAt the foot of the Gros Horloge in Rouen is the Louis XV fountain from 1743 representing a mythological scene depicting the love of the river Alpheus and the nymph Arethusa, symbolized by the figure of a Cupid flying above them.  Famous French architect, Jean-Pierre Defrance, built it on the site of another fountain from the 15th century.  It has been classified as a historical monument since 1889.
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January 3 2010 1 03 /01 /January /2010 07:30

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This portion of the Normandy beach was difficult to take from the Germans because of the steep cliffs.  Of the 225 men who embarked on this stage of the advance, only 90 survived.  They found that the Germans had moved their real guns inland and replaced the gun turrets with large timber beams.  As the American forces moved inland, they destroyed the German guns they found.
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Much of this area remains as it was in June 1944, pockmarked with craters that look like the lunar surface, concrete bunkers and many large gun turrets.  The popular memorial dedicated to the Second Ranger Battalion is now fenced off from the publicc because it is dangerously close to the edge of the sea and authorities fear that people will fall off.  Nearby is the museum which documents the events of the  day.
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The movie The Longest Day features scenes that take place at the Pointe du Hoc.  The Pointe du Hoc is located just between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach.
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January 2 2010 7 02 /01 /January /2010 07:59

009rouenThis is the former keep in Philippe Auguste's 13th century castle where Joan was subjected to torture on 9 May 1431.  A facsimile of the manuscript relating to her trial is displayed on the ground floor from which a spiral staircase leads up to the first floor where models and documents evoke the history of the castle.  The second floor is devoted to the life of Joan of Arc.
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