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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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  • RADE DE CHERBOURG

    27 August 2009 ( #Cherbourg )

    Here’s a photo of the Digue de Querqueville. It is part of the Rade de Cherbourg, the largest man-made harbor in the world. Unfortunately, the forts around different places along the rade have been ravaged by time, sea water and man. I went on a trip...

  • DIGUE DE QUERQUEVILLE

    30 August 2009 ( #Querqueville )

    Fort Chavagnac was built from 1854 to 1869 about 2 km northwest of Cherbourg. Along with several other forts and a long harbor wall, Fort Chavagnac defended France's northern naval base at Cherbourg. It has a triangular edifice with rounded edges, designed...

  • PAROISSE SAINT-CLAIR, QUERQUEVILLE

    30 August 2009 ( #Querqueville )

    L'église Notre-Dame de Querqueville is where I attend Mass on Sundays. Sometimes it is held in another church in Urville-Nacqueville which isn't as old and has more of a modern flair to it than Notre-Dame. Notice how from this vantage point at the top...

  • ANDRA

    31 August 2009 ( #La Hague )

    ANDRA (Agence National pour la Gestion des Déchets Radioactifs), has the task of storing above ground "low- and intermediate-activity" and "short-life" radioactive material. The site currently contains 527,000 cubic meters of radioactive material and...

  • AREVA, LA HAGUE

    31 August 2009 ( #La Hague )

    The La Hague site is a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant of AREVA on the French Cotentin Peninsula that currently has nearly half of the world's light water reactor spent nuclear fuel reprocessing capacity. It has a capacity of about 1700 tons per year....

  • LA MAISON DE JACQUES PREVERT, OMONVILLE-LA-PETITE

    01 September 2009 ( #La Hague )

    Jacques Prévert was a French poet and screenwriter. His poems are often about life in Paris and life after the Second World War. They are widely taught in schools in France and frequently appear in French language textbooks throughout the world. One of...

  • L'EGLISE NOTRE-DAME D'URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE

    03 September 2009 ( #Catholocism )

    The Church of Our Lady of Urville-Nacqueville is the other church I attend on Sundays. Mass is held here every other week. The Latin prayer above the doors calls for Christian unity, “May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you.” It was...

  • VAUVILLE

    07 September 2009 ( #Nature )

    Who is now reading this? Maybe one is now reading this who knows some wrong-doing of my past life, Or maybe a stranger is reading this who has secretly loved me, Or maybe one who meets all my grand assumptions and egotisms with derision, Or maybe one...

  • CARENTAN

    08 September 2009 ( #Cotentin )

    Carentan’s town hall was constructed between 1644 and 1652 by the Sisters of the Order of Our Lady who opened a convent there. However, in 1792 the nuns left the convent and the building came to serve as a ba rracks, military quarters, police station,...

  • LES STATUES THÉMIS ET MINERVE

    09 September 2009 ( #Cherbourg )

    Themis and Minerva were the two Greek goddesses of justice and war. The originals were created in the 18th century by French sculptors Philippe Laurent Roland (1746-1816) and Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) and adorned the façade of the Palais Bourbon....

  • JARDIN PUBLIC DE CHERBOURG

    10 September 2009 ( #Cherbourg )

    Upon entering le jardin public of Cherbourg, one is presented with the monument in memory of those Cherbourgeois who died for France. The somber statue designed by sculptor Descatoire looks down at the wall engraved with hundreds of names. It was inaugurated...

  • MAISON POUR TOUS LÉO LAGRANGE

    21 September 2009 ( #Education )

    Today was my first day of French class. The Maison Pour Tous Léo Lagrange is sort of like a community college / community center offering a variety of activities and coursework to the public. My professor is Jocelyne Kernéis and there are supposed to...

  • FORT DE QUERQUEVILLE (2009)

    22 September 2009 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    Saturday and Sunday were European Heritage Days . In France, these days are called Journées du patrimoine. Many places of historical importance that are usually closed to the public opened their doors. Other places, which normally charge a fee, reduced...

  • CHÂTEAU DE GONNEVILLE

    23 September 2009 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    Saturday and Sunday were European Heritage Days . In France, these days are called Journées du patrimoine . One of the places I explored was the Château de Gonneville . Parts of the château were built between the 13th – 16th and 18th centuries. Two of...

  • MORTAIN

    24 September 2009 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    This small pleasantly well-kept town is built half way up a hillside in an attractive setting where the River Cance, cutting through the last of the Basse-Normandie’s southern hills, emerges on to the vast wooded Sélune Basin, leaving in its wake a rock-strewn...

  • LE MANOIR DE DUR-ÉCU

    27 September 2009 ( #La Hague )

    Its position on the seafront overlooking the cliffs promises a relaxing time for all nature lovers. The site has an interesting history in that it holds a small place in legend. Der-Écu means strong shield, a name that originates from the battle fought...

  • LES BLOCKHAUS D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE

    29 September 2009 ( #La Hague )

    Haunting, vast and gray, The sea is a beast. It rambles on and off the shore all day With its stabbing sharp claws It eats the beach away. Sand and stone tumble down—punish, thrash ! The sonorous sounds scare the birds away. Reminders of World War II,...

  • ÉGLISE SAINT-JEAN DE CAEN

    30 September 2009 ( #Caen )

    The surrounding district of Saint-Jean in Caen was badly bombed during World War II. Most of l'église Saint-Jean had to be rebuilt but, fortunately, it was possible to restore it. The fine Flamboyant Gothic building was begun in the 14th century, and...

  • L’ÉGLISE SAINT-MARTIN DE BRÉVANDS

    02 October 2009 ( #Carentan )

    L’église Saint-Martin de Brévands near Carentan is composed of a single nave, a transept, whose cross is surmounted by a tower, and a flat chevet. In a crypt beneath the choir, covered with a barrel vault, are wall paintings from the late 13th or early...

  • L'ERMITAGE SAINT-GERBOLD

    26 October 2009 ( #Catholocism )

    One of the last existing hermitages in France is L’ermitage Saint-Gerbold near Gratot in Normandy. Between 1403 and 1418, Philip of Argouges, lord of Gratot, built the chapel dedicated to Gerbold, a 7th century saint who was the bishop of Bayeux and a...

  • LE CAP LÉVI

    31 October 2009 ( #Le Val de Saire )

    The lighthouse at Cap Lévi was built facing the Biéroc reef and serves as a sea-mark during the day and allows vessels to navigate the coast at night. Its contemporary look dates from 1949. At 37m above sea level, it is visible from a distance of 40 kilometers....

  • AFFICHES DES COMPAGNIES MARITIMES DE 1888 À 1962

    09 November 2009 ( #Art )

    There was an exposition at l a Cité de la Mer that featured original posters from the private collection of Gabriel Cadringher of transatlantic cruise lines. It had other ships as well that traveled to other parts of the world such as the South Pacific...

  • HAINNEVILLE

    12 November 2009 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    L'église de Hainneville This small church is in the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption in Equeurdreville. Built on the hill looking over the sea, it stands in the middle of the cemetery like many rural churches in the Cotentin. There was another religious...

  • ÉCOLE PRIMAIRE JEAN GOUBERT, ÉQUEURDREVILLE-HAINNEVILLE

    15 November 2009 ( #Architecture )

    LIGHT. We can't have enough of it. When I look at this building, I am not concerned with the children who attend school here. Instead, I imagine the possibilities of turning this place into a wonderful home--one that has huge windows that allow the natural...

  • ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS

    21 November 2009 ( #Calvados )

    This town, in the Calvados department of Normandy, lies along the coast designated as Gold Beach during the D-Day landings. It was used by the British troops during the Allied invasion. Mainly a tourist town, it is known for its temporary harbor, called...

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