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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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  • ხინკალი -- GEORGIAN KHINKALI

    09 February 2013 ( #Happy Things )

    Although I spent many years living in Tbilisi, I never took the time until now to make my own khinkali, traditional meat dumplings. I followed the recipe below and ended up with approximately 20 khinkali. I cooked ten for lunch and had the rest for dinner....

  • ÉGLISE ST-PIERRE-ET-ST-PAUL, COIGNY

    25 January 2013 ( #Cotentin )

    Église 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. This is an exterior view of the nave and the seigneuriale chapel. The saddleback...

  • STRASBOURG 3ÈME PARTIE

    10 January 2013 ( #Architecture )

    Although most people will probably say that the Cathedral is the most spectacular building in Strasbourg, I would have to say that despite its size the Protestant Church of St-Pierre-le-Jeune is equally impressive. Its charm reads like an open book with...

  • CHÂTEAU D’ABBADIA À HENDAYE SUR LA CÔTE BASQUE

    02 November 2012 ( #Architecture )

    The neo-Gothic-style château was built by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc at the request of Antoine d'Abbadie d'Arrrast, between 1864 and 1879. Antoine d’Abbadie, member of the Academy of Sciences, was an astronomer, explorer, anthropologist and linguist...

  • AU FIL DE LYON (1)

    13 April 2012 ( #Architecture )

    I’m back ! After several weeks without posting, I finally have something to write about. Last weekend was Easter and I spent it in the beautiful French city of Lyon. In the next few weeks I will try posting some of the photos that I took. Meanwhile, here...

  • ST-JEAN-DE-LUZ ET CIBOURE, PAYS BASQUE

    31 October 2012 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    St-Jean-de-Luz, the most Basque of the towns lying north of the Spanish border, offers many wonderful attractions including its picturesque fishing port, sandy beaches, the church of St-Jean-Baptiste, Maison Louis XIV and the imposing Maison de l'Infante...

  • EPIPHANIE 2013

    06 January 2013 ( #Catholocism )

    Le terme "épiphanie" est issu du grec et signifie "apparition". Célébrée le 6 janvier, cette fête correspond à la présentation de Jésus enfant aux Rois Mages. Ce jour est aussi celui du premier miracle des noces de Cana et avant tout la date de baptême...

  • THANKSGIVING À QUERQUEVILLE

    22 November 2012 ( #Querqueville )

    What I Am Thankful For: For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter in the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything that Jesus sends ! I made all of the traditional foods including turkey, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes,...

  • AU FIL DE LYON (7)

    18 April 2012 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    The second English-speaking tour of Lyon that I took was of the Croix-Rousse district. It was here that the silk industry in France really took off. It was silk which, in the 16th century, made Lyon a major industrial city; until then most of the silk...

  • BORDEAUX, CARNET DE VOYAGE

    06 November 2012 ( #Architecture )

    Bordeaux , built almost 100 km upriver at the first bridging point of the Garonne River, is one of the most important ports in Europe. The city boasts a wealth of Classical architecture, which contrasts with the small store houses lining the narrow cobbled...

  • SUR LES TRACES DES CONTREBANDIERS

    31 August 2012 ( #La Hague )

    LES GROTTES DE JOBOURG Le nez is a word derived from the Norse "ness", meaning cape and not as some would think, the French word for nose. The nez de Jobourg is one of the most visited sites along the Channel. The shoreline cliffs are the highest in Europe...

  • MARTIGNÉ-BRIAND

    03 December 2013 ( #Architecture )

    This is the Eglise Saint-Simplicien located in the town of Martigné-Briand. It has a very interesting bell tower which was originally built in the second half of the 13th century but was rebuilt in 1874. From a distance, the bell tower appears to be a...

  • PORT DES FLAMANDS, TOURLAVILLE

    19 December 2012 ( #Tourlaville )

    I regret not taking more photographs of the esplanade along the Port des Flamands in Tourlaville when I was there in July. The whole area has been revitalized and cleaned up. The only reason I was here in the first place was to eat lunch at Au Noroit...

  • BARFLEUR, WEEK-END MÉDIÉVAL

    21 December 2012 ( #Cotentin )

    This charming fishing port, with its granite houses and its quays littered with lobster pots, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Tradition has it that the boat which carried William, Duke of Normandy on his invasion of England was built...

  • ÉGLISE ST-ÉTIENNE D'APPEVILLE

    21 February 2013 ( #Cotentin )

    Not 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. It became an historic monument in 1950 and is one of the most interesting in the region due in part...

  • LITHAIRE

    21 April 2013 ( #Cotentin )

    Another 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...

  • ÉGLISE NOTRE-DAME DE CUNAULT

    05 December 2013 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    The monastery at Cunault along the banks of the Loire, downstream from Saumur, was founded in the fourth century by Saint-Maxenceul the area’s first evangelizer. Monks from Noirmoutier then founded an abbey here in 847 but were expelled from Cunault during...

  • STRASBOURG 5ÈME PARTIE

    10 January 2013 ( #Architecture )

    Saint William's Church (also called Wilhelmskirche in German and église Saint-Guillaume in French) is a gothic church belonging to the Lutherans Slightly set back from the intersection of the wharfs of the shipbuilders and the fishermen, the church is...

  • CAMINO PORTUGUÉS 2013 (DAY 0)

    13 June 2013 ( #Chemin de St-Jacques )

    It has been some time since my last post and I apologize for that but I've just not had the energy or the spirit to write anything for several months. That's not to say I don't like blogging anymore...I'm just not going to be at it as often as I used...

  • SAUMUR

    05 December 2013 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    It was a beautiful day when I visited Saumur but I must admit that it was colder than I expected. I parked the car near the chateau and walked to the tourist office to see if I could get myself a walking map of the city. Strangely enough, the map misses...

  • CAMINO PORTUGUÉS 2013 (DAY 9)

    20 August 2013 ( #Chemin de St-Jacques )

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 -- Redondela to Pontevedra The three guys in the top bunks snored all night long. It was just awful. To make matters worse, I had to keep getting up to use the bathroom. Too many drinks last night ? Although I could have slept a...

  • CAMINO PORTUGUÉS 2013 (DAY 10)

    20 August 2013 ( #Chemin de St-Jacques )

    Thursday, May 9, 2013 -- Pontevedra to Caldas da Reis We left town at around 07h00 and had a very nice walk over the Puente del Burgo and through the deserted town of Santa Maria de Alba. We passed quite a few interesting old hórreos along the way. In...

  • JERSEY

    14 December 2012 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    Some friends of mine decided to visit for a few days in July and I took them to visit several parts of the region including Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, just off the coast of Normandy. Although the sky was dark and threatened to rain, it quickly...

  • STRASBOURG 4ÈME PARTIE

    10 January 2013 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    One afternoon, I went for lunch at a restaurant near the cathedral. I wish I could remember its name. The food was delicious: Baeckeoffe and another choucroute dish with the best tasting sauerkraut I’ve had my entire life. Afterward I went to le Musée...

  • AMPHITHÉÂTRE ROMAIN, LILLEBONNE

    16 April 2014 ( #Architecture )

    It’s hard not to get upset sometimes by the unusual opening and closing times of some places in France but it seems to be more common with me when I travel because things that I really want to see are more often than not always closed. It’s so frustrating....

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