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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 CHAPELLE ST-CLAIR

    24 October 2010 ( #Catholocism )

    Cette chapelle ancienne est visible de la route, au passage du village de la Rivière en allant vers Urville. Couverte en lose et blottie en bas de la cavée, au pied de ses grands pins , elle garde l’humilité des petits sanctuaires locaux imprégnés de...

  • 11 NOVEMBRE -- JOUR DU SOUVENIR

    11 November 2010 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    Armistice Day is a national holiday in France and Belgium. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the...

  • COMMÉMORATION DES FIDÈLES DÉFUNTS

    02 November 2010 ( #Catholocism )

    Nothing is more sure than that all of us are born to die. We have to face death first quite often, when it strikes our loved ones, and finally when we ourselves are involved. We have to leave everything behind us. We may try not to think of it. Some consider...

  • LES CHEMINS DE QUERQUEVILLE SOUS LA NEIGE

    03 December 2010 ( #Querqueville )

    The cold front moving across Europe has come to an end leaving snow and icy roads in its wake. Yesterday, the snow was at its most glorious with more than 45cm blanketing many towns throughout La Manche. I took advantage of this rare occurrence and snapped...

  • JARDIN BOTANIQUE MONTEBELLO

    12 March 2011 ( #Nature )

    The Horticultural Society of Cherbourg opened this garden in 1872 exclusively for its members but today it is open to the public. Enter through the small iron gates and past the small brick chalet with its visible wooden beams. The 19th century style...

  • L’HISTOIRE DE MARGUERITE ET JULIEN DE RAVALET

    14 March 2011 ( #Tourlaville )

    On Friday, the weather in Cherbourg was quite pleasant and I decided to make my annual visit to the Château des Ravalet in Tourlaville to see the daffodils in bloom. In previous years I arrived too late only to find a handful of yellow patches around...

  • MARCHÉ DE NOËL AU MANOIR DE LA COQUERIE, QUERQUEVILLE

    18 December 2010 ( #Querqueville )

    Samedi 11 et dimanche 12 décembre 2010 Boulangerie Le Filateur – Joseph HAMEL à Saint-Maurice-en-Cotentin La Cidrerie-Distillerie Théo CAPELLE à Sotteville Les foies gras normands – Elevage de la Fraserie (Les fermiers des becs) – Alain LANGLOIS à St-Martin-Le-Hebert...

  • JOYEUX NOËL ET BONNE ANNÉE À TOUT LE MONDE !

    15 December 2010 ( #Happy Things )

    I spent last weekend decorating my home for Christmas. For the first time ever, I decided to go for an artificial tree instead of a real one. It seems the price of a real tree is almost equal to that of an artificial tree at Jardi ! This one is 240cm...

  • NOËL 2010

    27 December 2010 ( #Happy Things )

    I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas. I know that I certainly did ! I drove to the south of France to stay with friends in the Lot Department with whom I have spent the holidays with for the last ten years. The drive from Cherbourg went well enough...

  • GARE TRANSATLANTIQUE DE CHERBOURG

    12 January 2011 ( #Cherbourg )

    This is what the Transatlantic Station in Cherbourg used to look like before World War II. Those damn Nazis destroyed much of what once used to be beautiful. Fortunately, the building has been restored although I guess none of us will ever get to see...

  • CACTUS DE NOËL OU CACTUS DE PÂQUES ?

    20 March 2011 ( #Happy Things )

    Je me souviens encore d’une plante qui m’avait émerveillé pendant mon enfance. Cette plante fleurissait au moment de Noël dans le salon de ma grand-mère paternelle, aujourd’hui décédée. Elle avait de nombreuses tiges retombantes et l’extrémité de chaque...

  • MAGNOLIA

    23 March 2011 ( #Nature )

    I’ve always enjoyed looking at this photograph of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Everytime I see a magnolia in bloom, my thoughts go back to this picture of her taken at Vassar College in 1914. I have a beautiful reproduction in my first edition Book of...

  • VACANCES AVEC MON FRÈRE, JOURS 4 ET 5

    07 February 2011 ( #Happy Things )

    My brother and I arrived by train at the Gare de Cherbourg in the evening. After breakfast the next day, I thought we would be able to see many sights but I underestimated the amount of time it would take driving from place to place. Still, I think he...

  • PARIS "VILLE LUMIERE"

    21 January 2011 ( #Happy Things )

    Loyal readers, I will be in Paris tomorrow until Wednesday. I am very excited because my brother from the United States will be visiting me. We will go to the Moulin Rouge on Sunday and Versailles on Tuesday. The rest of the time we plan on walking the...

  • VACANCES AVEC MON FRÈRE, JOUR 1

    02 February 2011 ( #Happy Things )

    Paris is so much nicer when you visit with a family member ! Last week, my brother visited me from the United States and I took him to see some of my favorite places in and around Île de la Cité. Of course, a three-day vacation in Paris is difficult to...

  • ÉGLISE D’HAINNEVILLE

    26 March 2011 ( #Querqueville )

    Like so many religious buildings in the Cotentin, this church is consecrated to the Virgin Mary. In Normandy alone, more than a thousand are named in her honor. Built on the hillside town of Hainneville, the church stands in the middle of a cemetery....

  • VACANCES AVEC MON FRÈRE, JOUR 2

    03 February 2011 ( #Happy Things )

    After a good night’s sleep, we woke early the next morning and went downstairs to breakfast in the hotel. Perhaps I was over ambitious but we took on the trip to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis, a place of pilgrimage and the burial place of French...

  • CHOCOLATERIE DU DRAKKAR, BAYEUX

    15 May 2011 ( #Happy Things )

    On Saturday, I went with a group of 24 people from AVF on a tour of the Chocolaterie du Drakkar in Bayeux . The chocolaterie not only has its own boutique for selling goods but a large, informative museum upstairs concerning the history of chocolate and...

  • CONSÉCRATION DE L’AUTEL, BÉNÉDICTION DU MOBILIER LITURGIQUE, ÉGLISE D’URVILLE-NACQUEVILLE

    11 April 2011 ( #Catholocism )

    Yesterday marked the consecration of the new altar of the parish church in Urville-Nacqueville. Other liturgical pieces were also blessed. More information about the renovation project and photos can be found at the parish website. The new liturgical...

  • VACANCES AVEC MON FRÈRE, JOURS 6 ET 7

    09 February 2011 ( #Happy Things )

    The next day I drove my brother to the Calvados Department where the temperatures were almost freezing! The strong winds did not make things any better and so we had to bundle up like Eskimo babies just to keep warm. Our first stop was Arromanches-les-Bains,...

  • CHÂTEAU D’USSÉ

    19 June 2011 ( #Indre )

    The château stands with its back to a cliff on the edge of Chinon Forest, its terraced gardens overlooking the Indre. Its impressive bulk and fortified towers contrast sharply with the white stone, myriad roofs, turrets, dormers and chimneys rising against...

  • LA PLACE DES JACOBINS AU MANS

    05 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    I took so many photos during my vacation that there is no way to post all of them at once. Instead, I will create short articles about the things I saw on my visits dans les Pays de la Loire in the upcoming weeks. I hope you will bear with me and check...

  • ÉGLISE DE TONNEVILLE

    07 April 2011 ( #La Hague )

    The town of Tonneville is famous for the local legend of Blanche de Percy, la demoiselle de Tonneville, a 13th century noblewoman. Upon the death of her parents, she became the sole heir to the Percy lands. She refuted all offers of marriage, lived alone...

  • LASSAY-LES-CHÂTEAUX

    24 June 2011 ( #Architecture )

    This ancient market town owes its name to a Roman town called Lacciacium or Laaceio because it used to be surrounded by lakes. A few remarkable buildings have been restored, revealing some of the splendid red granite facades (especially along rue Dorée)....

  • CHÂTEAU LE MONT EPINGUET

    10 April 2011 ( #La Hague )

    Their website says : “Built in 1751, Château le Mont Epinguet is steeped in history and tradition.” I can’t find any information online as to what history or tradition it is steeped in but that’s probably because it’s all written in books that haven’t...

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