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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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  • LA CÔTE DES DEUX-AMANTS

    17 April 2014 ( #Nature )

    In the 12th century, Marie de France, one of the earliest of women writers tells the touching legend of Caliste and Raoul the two lovers from where la cote des deux-amants gets its name. It seems that the King of Pitres did not want to give away his daughter...

  • LES ANDELYS ET CHÂTEAU-GAILLARD

    18 April 2014 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    From one castle to the next... Les Andelys lies in one of the loveliest settings along the Seine and is dominated by the impressive ruins of Château-Gaillard which overlooks the valley. Carefully following the walking tour map from the tourist office,...

  • LE BEC-HELLOUIN

    19 April 2014 ( #Architecture )

    It is a pleasure to walk in the village of Le Bec-Hellouin admiring quiet and flowery streets with half-timbered houses. The peaceful atmosphere, terraces and small squares are deserving of a short stroll…certainly, the walking tour is pretty fast and...

  • ENCLOS PAROISSIAL DE GUIMILIAU

    28 April 2014 ( #Architecture )

    Next stop on my drive through Brittany was Guimiliau. Guimiliau is named after its patron saint and founder, Saint Miliau, a good and pious prince, descendant of the ancient kings of Britain. Beheaded in 792 on the orders of his brother, he is invoked...

  • HUELGOAT

    01 May 2014 ( #Nature )

    Huelgoat is popular with tourists and holidaymakers due to its impressive natural setting among the vestiges of the ancient forest that once covered inland Brittany. The village lies on a lake created between the 16th and 18th centuries to supply water...

  • MES PARENTS EN VACANCES

    03 June 2014 ( #Happy Things )

    Some members of my family (my aunt and uncle, cousin and mother and father) came to visit last month and we had some wonderful times visiting places in France, Belgium and Germany. Now that they are gone, I miss them very much. Here's a look at some of...

  • RANDONNÉE À FRESVILLE

    22 June 2014 ( #Cotentin )

    Yesterday was such a beautiful day that I decided to go hiking. Looked online for a destination and decided on a short ramble in and around the small town of Fresville. My first stop was the Eglise Saint-Martin with its 12th century Romanesque nave. The...

  • SAINT-CÉNERI-LE-GÉREI

    09 September 2010 ( #Orne )

    Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, a village built on a rocky spur overlooking the river Sarthe near Alençon and the Alpes Mancelles, is one of themost beautiful in France. It was founded 1044 by William Giroie, who built a castle here. Unfortunately, little remains...

  • LE PATRIMOINE ARCHITECTURAL (2), TOURS

    16 June 2011 ( #Indre-et-Loire )

    The Musée des Beaux-Arts is housed in the former bishop's palace built in the 17th and 18th centuries near the Cathédrale St-Gatien. A magnificent Lebanon cedar planted by Napoleon in 1804 adorns the courtyard of the museum. Work on the cathedral started...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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