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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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  • ÉGLISE SAINT-MARTIN, RÉVILLE

    27 January 2012 ( #Le Val de Saire )

    On the top of a small hill overlooking the château and the village of Réville is the church of Saint Martin. A tall bell tower of three floors stands on the north side of the church—its upper levels perforated on each side by twin bays topped by an oculus....

  • FEMME NUE AVEC UN CHAPEAU

    01 March 2012 ( #Art )

    So in my art class this week we all tried to copy this painting by Kay Gallwey of a naked lady wearing a hat. I think if I had to try doing it again, I would perhaps choose a different subject and I would probably do a much better job. Acrylic on paper....

  • POURQUOI VIVRE, VIVRE POUR QUOI ?

    22 January 2012 ( #Cherbourg )

    WHY LIVE, LIVE FOR WHAT? Un repas près de chez vous pour explorer et échanger sur le sens de la vie. Une occasion de découvrir la foi chrétienne. It is a meal near you to explore and discuss the meaning of life as well as an opportunity to explore the...

  • ARTS PLASTIQUES À LA MAISON POUR TOUS, OCTEVILLE

    14 December 2011 ( #Art )

    Monday afternoon was the last art class for the year. I thought I would post some photos of some of the things we have done so far. Arts plastiques is an adult class offered by Maison Pour Tous in Octeville. As you can see, we do a little bit of everything...

  • ÉGLISE NOTRE-DAME DE CRETTEVILLE

    23 January 2013 ( #Cotentin )

    One 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. A woman's head adorns the top...

  • STRASBOURG 2ÈME PARTIE

    10 January 2013 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    Bear with me and I’ll soon have all my photos uploaded to the blog. I heard that some people were having problems viewing all of the photos. That is because you may not have access to Flickr where I store the photos. I can’t do anything about that. Another...

  • AU FIL DE LYON (3)

    14 April 2012 ( #Catholocism )

    My trip to Lyon over the Easter holiday was amazing. I must say it is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve had the pleasure to visit. It felt like I was visiting a much cleaner and less crowded version of Paris. On Friday morning, I left Cherbourg for...

  • AU FIL DE LYON (9)

    20 April 2012 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    Purchasing a City Pass allowed us to have unlimited access to all forms of city transportation, granted us entry into nearly all of the museums, join any guided tour sponsored by the tourist office and even allowed us to take a boat cruise along the Saône....

  • ÉGLISE SAINTE-COLOMBE DE CHEF-DU-PONT

    28 August 2012 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    Vocable Sainte-Colombe, martyrisée en 273. Dans sa prison, un homme, sur ordre de l’empereur, s’apprête a la violer. Une ourse se jette sur lui. On vient metre le feu à la prison, l’ourse bouscule l’incendiaire. Colombe est finalement décapitée. Son culte...

  • MSC OPERA (7) VENICE

    04 October 2012 ( #Architecture )

    After another beautiful day at sea, we reached our final destination, Venice, Italy where we stayed for three days at a bed and breakfast along the Grand Canal near Rialto Bridge. Venice was truly stunning ! I was amazed at how much I was able to see...

  • BAYONNE

    27 October 2012 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    It’s been quite awhile since my last posting but I thought I would finally get around to posting the photos I took in weeks prior to walking the Camino de Santiago. Before my start in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, I visited several places along the Atlantic coast...

  • BIARRITZ

    27 October 2012 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    Biarritz lies on the border of the Basque Country and is the most fashionable and most frequented seaside resort in southwest France. At the beginning of the 19th century, Biarritz was but a small, whale-fishing harbor. The people of Bayonne, when they...

  • DUNE DU PILAT, BASSIN D'ARCACHON

    01 November 2012 ( #Nature )

    Sixty kilometres south of Bordeaux is the Dune du Pilat. At 114 meters, the highest sand dune in Europe, it is 2.7 kilometers long and 500 meters wide. The west face slopes gently towards the Atlantic rollers, whereas the hollowed landward side to the...

  • ARCACHON

    01 November 2012 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    The seaside resort of Arcachon is built on a lagoon and is quite famous for its oyster farms. For decades the town’s winter resort was the favorite haunt of celebrities from Alexandre Dumas to Jean Cocteau and Marilyn Monroe. In 1841, a new branch line...

  • ASCAIN ET LE PETIT TRAIN DE LA RHUNE

    02 November 2012 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    The Petit train de la Rhune is a cog railway at the western end of the Pyrenees. It links the Col de Saint-Ignace, some 10 km to the east of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, to the summit of the La Rhune Mountain. Located opposite the station of the cog train is a...

  • ÉGLISE ST-VINCENT DE BEUZEVILLE-LA-BASTILLE

    12 November 2012 ( #Cotentin )

    Église Saint-Vincent is a Gothic church from the 15th century which lies atop a small promontory overlooking the banks of the river Douve within the marais du Cotentin. The bell tower, located above the transept, has a particular shape: square at its...

  • MOULIN DE MARIE RAVENEL, RÉTHOVILLE

    11 March 2013 ( #Le Val de Saire )

    Continuing my story about Saturday afternoon in the Val de Saire, I also took the time to visit the 18th century Moulin de Marie Ravenel also called le Moulin de la Caudrairie in the village of Réthoville. The water mill is named after the poet Marie...

  • QUERQUEVILLE SOUS LA NEIGE !!!

    13 March 2013 ( #Querqueville )

    Well, the weather predictions over the weekend proved to be true and 60cm (about 2 feet) of snow fell in 24 hours. What a mess it turned out to be. Météo-France used the color red to denote extreme snow and sleet for the first time in its history. And,...

  • VRASVILLE

    14 March 2013 ( #Le Val de Saire )

    L'église Sainte-Vierge et Saint-Martin de Vrasville dates from the 12th or 13th century. Originally, it was a very small church (less than half of the current size) and lit by very small windows. During the Revolution, all of the liturgical furniture...

  • DOVILLE

    21 April 2013 ( #Cotentin )

    Église 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. The interior of the church...

  • CAMINO PORTUGUÉS 2013 (DAY 1)

    13 June 2013 ( #Chemin de St-Jacques )

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 -- Porto, Portugal Well, I had a pretty nice day which started early with me leaving the hotel in Paris at 05h00 to catch my plane from CDG to Porto. Before leaving yesterday I took the metro to Châtelet in order to visit the Tour...

  • CAMINO PORTUGUÉS 2013 (DAY 3)

    22 June 2013 ( #Chemin de St-Jacques )

    Thursday, May 2, 2013 -- Porto to Lavra I slept very well last night even though I wasn’t very sleepy. Perhaps that is because I got a shower before turning in. We all got up around 06h30 and got our things together before heading downstairs for breakfast...

  • CHÂTEAU DU PLESSIS-BOURRÉ

    16 January 2014 ( #Architecture )

    It has been quite some time since I’ve posted anything here and I apologize for that to anyone who’s interested in reading what I have to say in my blog. Instead of doing my French homework or preparing for my English classes, I’m once again distracting...

  • CHÂTEAU DE SERRANT

    16 January 2014 ( #Architecture )

    More of a palace than a château, Serrant has travelled through centuries without sustain any damage. The Renaissance château is built on the foundations of a medieval fortress. In 1749, the estate was sold by the last surviving descendant of the de Bautru...

  • NOTRE-DAME DE L’ÉPINE, ÉVRON

    23 March 2014 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    The menhir just outside of the Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Épine (Our Lady of the Thorn) shows how Évron was once a site of great spiritual pilgrimage even before the introduction of Christianity. The first mention of a church in Évron occurs in the testament...

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