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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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  • CHÂTEAU DE CROSVILLE-SUR-DOUVE

    18 April 2011 ( #Cotentin )

    Not much is known of the château’s origins before construction in the second half of the 15th century except that there was a castle keep and a set of double arches before entering the inner courtyard. The château itself was constructed in the early half...

  • FORÊT DE BRIX

    19 April 2011 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    This oratory to Notre Dame de Grâce in the forest of Brix has a very ancient origin. The dates engraved on the Romanesque turret coincide with its successive restorations: 1695, 1876 and 1906. Legend has it that the tower contains the trunk of a tree....

  • JOYEUSES PÂQUES !

    24 April 2011 ( #Catholocism )

    Je vous remercie de m’avoir permis de prendre des photos. Voici une revue des événements pendant la Semaine Sainte. 17 AVRIL 2011 ÉGLISE DE QUERQUEVILLE CÉLÉBRATION DU DIMANCHE DES RAMEAUX ET DE LA PASSION Quelques jours avant la fête de la Pâque, Jésus...

  • MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

    27 June 2011 ( #Architecture )

    During the final days of my vacation, I spent some time in the countryside near Montbray. From there, I took a morning trip to Mont-Saint-Michel. It is truly one of the most amazing places in France if not the world. I’ve been there before and did not...

  • CATHÉDRALE SAINT-JULIEN, LE MANS

    01 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    As many of you know, I was on vacation for the last couple of weeks in the Loire region. I took so many photos that it will take weeks to finish naming and editing them. Still, I will attempt to make a blog posting for my readers to enjoy. The first stop...

  • LE HARAS NATIONAL DE ST-LÔ

    16 May 2011 ( #Calvados )

    After lunch, our AVF group went across the street to the stud farm known as Le Haras National de Saint-Lô. Many of the buildings date between 1806 and 1884 although many of them were destroyed during the bombings of 1944. Today, the buildings gave been...

  • 花宴

    17 April 2011 ( #Education )

    While waiting for class to start at Maison Pour Tous, I found myself enjoying the cherry blossoms along Avenue de Normandie. It seemed no matter where I looked, I could find a little bit of Japan--the Shinto gate in Gâtinais park nearby evoked strong...

  • EN MÉMOIRE DU TITANIC

    15 April 2011 ( #Cherbourg )

    Pour commémorer la catastrophe du Titanic survenue le 14 avril 1912, d’importantes manifestations sont prévues dans les années à venir notamment chez nos amis britanniques. Cherbourg, seule escale continentale du voyage du Titanic, accompagnera cette...

  • ARCHE DE LA NATURE, LE MANS

    09 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    Another great way to get around Le Mans is to use their ultra-modern light rail service, which takes you to stops on either end of the city. It’s not expensive and it is certainly worth trying if you are heading somewhere in the suburbs. I chose to visit...

  • CHÂTEAU DE VALENÇAY

    23 June 2011 ( #Architecture )

    Valençay is actually in the Berry region but it can be included with those of the Loire Valley because of its period of its construction and its huge size, in which it resembles Chambord. Valençay was built in 1540 by Jacques d’Estampes. He had married...

  • NÉCROPOLE GAULOISE

    28 April 2011 ( #Cotentin )

    A Gallic necropolis, dating back a century before Christ, was recently discovered by a team of archaeologists at the foot of the beach in Urville-Nacqueville. So far, about 30 graves have been uncovered. Funeral urns containing ashes, and skeletons of...

  • MANOIR DE GROSMONT

    20 April 2011 ( #Cotentin )

    The Manoir de Grosmont is located in the countryside of La Hague along rue des Marettes just outside of Urville-Nacqueville. The building is typical of the Cotentin region and dates from the early 17th century. The current owners are involved with cattle...

  • ABBAYE DE L’ÉPAU, LE MANS

    10 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    L’abbaye de la Piété Dieu de l’Épau was founded in 1229 by Queen Bérengère of Navarre, widow of Richard the Lionhearted and Dowager Countess of Maine (who also lived in the heart of old Le Mans—Cité Plantagenêt). It is one of the last Cistercian establishments...

  • ÉGLISE PARROISSIALE NOTRE-DAME DE MONTBAZON

    14 June 2011 ( #Indre-et-Loire )

    The Église paroissiale Notre-Dame in Montbazon was built between 1851 and 1862 under the direction of Gustave Guérin . Two artists named Jules Benard and Alexandre Ripault painted all of the décor including the spacious barrel-vaulted nave and its walls...

  • QUARTIER SAINT-NICOLAS, LE MANS

    08 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    The Saint-Nicolas quarter is actually the city center of Le Mans. It is devoted to pedestrian shops and as of 2008, no vehicles are allowed on the streets. La Place de la Republique is the center of the neighborhood and the main rallying point for the...

  • MARCHÉ DE NOËL À QUERQUEVILLE, 2011

    12 December 2011 ( #Querqueville )

    This year's Christmas Market in Querqueville was perhaps the best one yet. The weather was great during Saturday and Sunday which brought many visitors. There were plenty of stalls with vendors selling decorations for the holidays as well as food and...

  • CITÉ PLANTAGENÊT, LE MANS

    05 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    A great way to visit Le Mans is to take a leisurely walk through the old town, along its narrow streets and river embankments. I started my walk at the foot of the cathedral steps at the Place du Jet d’Eau where there sits a marvellous fountain from 1853....

  • CHÂTEAU DU LUDE

    11 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    The origins of the château date back to the 10th century when it was first situated on the border of Anjou on the banks of the river Loir. It was used as a stronghold to protect the region against attacks from the Normans. Until the 15th century, it was...

  • MOULIN À VENT, FIERVILLE-LES-MINES

    25 July 2011 ( #Cotentin )

    Yesterday after Mass, I went to visit the old windmill in Fierville-les-Mines called Le Moulin à vent du Cotentin. Built in 1744, it is seven meters tall with a pivoting roof depending on which way the wind blows. It is one of the few mills in France...

  • MONTRÉSOR

    22 June 2011 ( #Indre-et-Loire )

    Legend has it that Montrésor owes its name to a lizard—one coming out from a grotto in the hill covered in gold. Legend or not, this medieval town is one of the many pleasant treasures to be visited throughout the Touraine. The rocky peak was in the 10th...

  • DOMFRONT, CITÉ MÉDIÉVALE

    25 June 2011 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    Henry II Plantagenet and his Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine with their court of troubadours and poets often visited Domfront in the 12th century. It was here in August 1170 that the papal legates attempted to achieve a reconciliation between Henry II and...

  • LA MAISON DE L’EAU, LE MANS

    08 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    Throughout the year, the Maison de l’Eau presents to the public large aquariums with fish from the local Huisne and Sarthe rivers. The ecosystem includes trout, bream and barbel. This old water mill built in 1906, also allows visitors to browse the history...

  • CHÂTEAU DE CHAMPCHEVRIER

    12 June 2011 ( #Indre-et-Loire )

    After visiting Château du Lude, I thought we’d stop at Château de Champchevrier since it was on the way to Tours. Upon arrival, I found out that it wasn’t going to open for another two weeks. Oh well. At least I was able to get some photos of the exterior...

  • ÉGLISE NOTRE-DAME-DE-LA-COUTURE, LE MANS

    08 June 2011 ( #Sarthe )

    This church, now in the center of the Le Mans, was originally the abbey church of the monastery of St-Pierre-de-la-Couture. It was built by Bertrand, a bishop from the 6th century. The façade of the building is from the 13th century as is the impressive...

  • LE PATRIMOINE ARCHITECTURAL (1), TOURS

    15 June 2011 ( #Indre-et-Loire )

    La gare de Tours was built between 1896 and 1898 under the direction of the Touraine architect Victor Laloux. Four statues dominate the façade—two were created by Jean-Antoine Injalbert (allegories of Bordeaux and Toulouse), while the other two were created...

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