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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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  • 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....

  • ST-LÔ

    16 December 2009 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    In the 6th century the Gaulish town of Briovère (meaning "Bridge on the Vire River") took the name of its lord, the Bishop of Coutances. In 1944 it acquired the sad title of Capital of Ruins – it was the administrative center (préfecture) of La Manche;...

  • JOYEUSES FÊTES

    07 December 2009 ( #Happy Things )

    I’m sorry my postings have not been regular since Thanksgiving but I’ve been busy decorating the house for the holidays, shopping for presents and writing all of my Christmas cards. As you can see, I’ve been a busy boy. I love this time of year. Last...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • IL PLEUT !

    24 November 2009 ( #Rants )

    Yes, “Il pleut !” It’s raining! A stunning vision of a fantastically colorful Cherbourg is, sadly, something one cannot find today. It has been raining like Noah’s flood for weeks now along with strong winds from the south. The wet, dreary and cold look...

  • POINTE DU HOC

    03 January 2010 ( #Haute-Normandie )

    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...

  • “Et les fruits passeront la promesse des fleurs…”

    25 November 2009 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    A descendant of an old Caen family the poet François de Malherbe (1555 – 1628) is thought to have been born in this house. Rebuilt in 1582 in Place “Belle Croix”, by his father, who was on the Caen Presidial, it has been magnificently restored. As in...

  • 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...

  • MARCHÉ DE NOËL À CHERBOURG

    10 December 2009 ( #Cherbourg )

    The Christmas Market in Cherbourg has begun. Many of the booths are selling cheap, homemade jewelry, drug paraphernalia like pipes and bongs, and articles of clothing and home decor from Africa. There was only one booth selling Christmas items and they...

  • TOUR JEANNE-D'ARC, ROUEN

    02 January 2010 ( #Haute-Normandie )

    This 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...

  • L’ABBAYE SAINT-VIGOR DE CERISY-LA FORÊT

    18 March 2010 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    I’ve not posted anything new in a while because I’ve been suffering from a cold. However, yesterday I felt quite convalesced and decided to take a short trip to Bayeux. On the way, I stopped in Cerisy-la-Forêt and some other places which you will see...

  • LES CHAUSSURES

    04 January 2010 ( #Art )

    I was in the Restaurant Grill in Bény-sur-Mer several months ago and someone had this painting on the wall. It's a copy of the Van Gogh painting " Shoes " from 1888. I've always loved this work. He painted them with character and gave them just as much...

  • PAQUEBOT COULÉ

    21 December 2009 ( #Rants )

    This picture has nothing to do with my ranting down below. It's just a nice photo I took in Tourlaville last spring of a boat sinking into the pond. Can you believe it? The weather in most parts of Norhtern Europe has taken a turn for the worse and many...

  • L'ABBAYE D'HAMBYE

    09 December 2009 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    In the heart of the Siene valley, l'abbaye d'Hambye is, after the Mont-Saint-Michel (only 45mins away), the most complete medieval monastery in Normandy. This Benedictine Abbey was built during the 12th and 13th Centuries. The community disappeared in...

  • ÉGLISE SAINT GERVAIS, FALAISE (1)

    12 January 2010 ( #Calvados )

    I wish I had taken notes when I was in Falaise. I visited the famous church of Staint Gervais which is known for its two different architectural styles: the south side is Romanesque and the north side is Gothic. It was built between the 11th century and...

  • L'ÉGLISE SAINT-JOSEPH DU HAVRE

    08 January 2010 ( #Catholocism )

    The port city of Le Havre was devastated in 1944 during the Battle of Normandy. 5,000 people were killed and over 12,000 homes destroyed, mainly by air attacks from the Allied forces. After the war, chief architect Auguste Perret rebuilt the city in the...

  • MARCHÉ DE NOËL À QUERQUEVILLE

    12 December 2009 ( #Querqueville )

    Despite Querqueville's size, it managed to pull together the best Christmas Markets that I've been to this season. It was great! So much better than last year and a heck of a lot better than the one in Cherbourg. It was held at the Manoir de la Coquerie,...

  • ÉGLISE ST-MARTIN D’OCTEVILLE

    05 March 2010 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    L'église St-Martin belonged to the medieval Abbaye du Voeu of Cherbourg. It is a Romanesque church with a unique octagonal bell tower. Construction began in the 12th century. After this time the church went through many changes. In the 16 century the...

  • L'ABBAYE, UNE CITÉ IDEALE

    15 February 2011 ( #Architecture )

    (Aquarelle : composition libre de François Callu, inspirée de l’architecture de différentes abbayes normandes.) 1 – La porterie (Gatekeeper’s Lodge) 2 – L’église abbatiale (Abbey Church) 3 – Le cloître (Cloisters) 4 – Le jardin du cloître et le puits...

  • EPIPHANIE

    03 January 2010 ( #Happy Things )

    In France, the feast of Epiphany fell on January 3rd this year. In most other countries it is celebrated on January 6th, unless one belongs to an Eastern Orthodox faith—then it may be celebrated as late as January 19th. The feast primarily commemorates...

  • CHÂTEAU DE THURY-HARCOURT

    10 January 2010 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    In 1635 Odet d'Harcourt built on the site of a medieval château. In 1714 and 1723 it was enlarged and came to be known as the “château of 264 windows”. It was enlarged in 1714 and 1723. Louis XVI briefly stayed here in June of 1785 when he made the trip...

  • CHÂTEAU DE GRATOT

    23 January 2010 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    For five centuries, following the marriage of Jeanne de Gratot to Guillaume d’Argouges, the château belonged to the Argouges family. In 1439 Jean d’Argouges sold the port of Granville to the English, thus giving them control of Mont-St-Michel. This sale...

  • L’ENTRÉE DE L’ARSENAL MARITIME, CHERBOURG

    16 January 2010 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    La porte du midi – L'arsenal de la marine Built in 1862, la porte du midi has been, until recent years, the main gateway to the “Port militaire” also called “L’arsenal de la marine”. For generations the workers and seamen who contributed to Cherbourg’s...

  • CATZ

    31 January 2010 ( #Cotentin )

    The small village of Catz is located just a few kilometers east of Carentan. The best way to explore Catz is to ride your bicycle along the old farm roads and paths of the “Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin.” By taking this route,...

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