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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 DONJON DE MONTBAZON

    13 June 2011 ( #Indre-et-Loire )

    In 991, the Benedictine monks of Cormery complained to Hugues Capet, the King of France, that Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou (17 years old and Earl of Anjou in 987), was building a fort on their land in Montbazon. Despite their annoyance, the King did not...

  • CIRQUE DE GAVARNIE

    21 October 2011 ( #Nature )

    Gazing with wonder at the majesty of the sheer rock walls and tiered snow platforms, Victor Hugo exclaimed, “It is both a mountain and a rampart; it is the most mysterious of structures by the most mysterious of architects; it is Nature’s Colosseum –...

  • GOUFFRE DE PADIRAC

    08 October 2011 ( #Nature )

    Hollowed out of the limestone mass of the Gramat Causse by a subterranean river, the great chasm of Padirac, famous throughout Europe, is thought of as one of the greatest interesting geological sights of France. Be sure to check out their website for...

  • AVRANCHES

    28 June 2011 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    The pretty and lively city of Avranches is one of the oldest towns in Normandy and its origins date back to early antiquity. Saint-Aubert, Bishop of Avranches in the 8th century, instigated the foundation of Mont-St-Michel and the two centers are therefore...

  • CHÂTEAU DE LANGEAIS

    20 June 2011 ( #Indre-et-Loire )

    Louis XI built the Château de Langeais from 1465 to 1469 as a stronghold along the road from Nantes, the route most likely to be taken by an invading army from Brittany. This threat vanished after the marriage of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany was...

  • COL DU TOURMALET

    21 October 2011 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    People familiar with the Tour de France will know that the most famous climb during the race is through the mountain pass called the Col du Tourmalet. More than any other pass, it has been included in the race the most number of times since 1910 when...

  • CHAPELLE ST-PIERRE, MONTBRAY

    09 July 2011 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    The seigniorial chapel was originally dependent on the Château de la Motte de Montbray. This building was granted to the parish (and the town) in the year 1697 by the baron at the time with support for them to maintain it. The parish and the town did...

  • CIMETIÈRE MILITAIRE ALLEMAND À HUISNES-SUR-MER

    26 June 2011 ( #Basse-Normandie )

    Crowning a 30-meter high hill, half a mile from the village of the same name, the German military cemetery of Huisnes occupies a commanding position overlooking the curve of the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. Here lie 11,956 German war dead. Nearby, at Avranches,...

  • LA ROCHELLE, CHARENTE-MARITIME

    28 October 2011 ( #Architecture )

    By sea and by land, La Rochelle has many monuments related to its defense. The best known are the medieval towers of the Old Port which guard the entrance to the harbor and make it world famous. Of these, the Tour Saint-Nicolas, the Tour de la Chaîne...

  • ASSOMPTION DE LA VIERGE MARIE

    15 August 2011 ( #Catholocism )

    Alors un signe grandiose apparut dans le ciel: c'était une femme. Elle avait pour vêtement le soleil, la lune sous ses pieds et une couronne de douze étoiles sur sa tête. Elle était enceinte, sur le point d'accoucher, et ses douleurs lui arrachaient des...

  • CHÂTEAU DE PUYMARTIN

    12 October 2011 ( #Architecture )

    The original château was built in the 13th century and looked down upon a village that has since disappeared. The Hundred Years’ War left Puymartin in ruins with its fortifications, doors and roof destroyed. In 1450, the family of Radulphe de Saint-Clar...

  • LOCHES, CITÉ ROYALE D’EXCEPTION

    21 June 2011 ( #Indre-et-Loire )

    Loches was first mentioned in the 6th century by the historian Gregory of Tours, who described the founding of a priory by Ursus the Hermit (Saint-Ours). It was not until circa 900 A.D., however, that the town really became established, under the ownership...

  • CHÂTEAU DE CASTELNAU-BRETENOUX, PRUDHOMAT

    09 October 2011 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    The Barons of Castelnau de Bretenoux fortified this site, at the meeting place of several valleys, as early as the 13th century. Around the strong keep, there grew up during the Hundred Years’ War a huge fortress with a fortified curtain wall. The castle...

  • RANDONNÉE PÉDESTRE (4)

    01 August 2011 ( #La Hague )

    On Friday I went on another hike along le sentier des douaniers of La Hague. This time I started from Port du Hable in Omonville-la-Rogue toward Port Racine in Saint-Germain-des-Vaux for a total of 14 km. The distance wasn’t the problem for me but the...

  • LE PETIT PIAF

    05 September 2011 ( #Querqueville )

    Three wood cabins that used to supply refreshments to the beach-going population at Querqueville plage have finally given way to a more modern construction, Le Petit Piaf. Although it’s not as attractive as it could be, it does have some advantages. It’s...

  • LES JARDINS FRANÇAIS DU MANOIR D'EYRIGNAC

    12 October 2011 ( #Nature )

    Laid out in the 18th century by the Marquis de la Calprenède, the gardens of Eyrignac were remodelled many times during the 19th century and finally given their present aspect in the 1960s by Gilles Sermadiras de Pouzols de Lile, current owner of the...

  • PÉRIGUEUX

    29 September 2011 ( #Cultural Heritage )

    Although I’ve visited many sites in and around Périgord in the past, this was the first time I went to Périgueux. It is an ancient town situated in the fertile valley of the River Isle. Its long history can be traced in its urban architecture and two...

  • CHÂTEAU DE LAUNAGUET

    02 October 2011 ( #Architecture )

    On September 10th I attended a typical French wedding here in the small town of Launaguet just outside of Toulouse. This was my first opportunity to see what a civil ceremony looks like for couples wishing to tie the knot in France. It’s actually quite...

  • RANDONNÉE PÉDESTRE (1)

    14 July 2011 ( #La Hague )

    One of the best ways of discovering the countryside of La Hague is to walk along one of the many coastal footpaths called le sentier des douaniers. In English, the name means “the customs’ paths” since it was once a notorious place for tobacco smugglers...

  • SAINT-PIERRE-D’ARTHÉGLISE

    27 July 2011 ( #Cotentin )

    The small town of Saint-Pierre-d’Arthéglise was ascribed from the juxtaposition of two names—Saint Pierre, the name of the patron saint of the local church and another name, Arnketill, from Anglo-Scandinavian origin meaning “church of Arnketill”. One...

  • CATHÉDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE SAINT-BERTRAND-DE-COMMINGES

    20 October 2011 ( #Catholocism )

    The construction of the cathedral dates back to around the year 1100. Throughout the centuries it has suffered little damage except during the Wars of Religion. Among those who have built, developed and preserved the cathedral are Saint-Bertrand-de-l’Isle,...

  • RANDONNÉE PÉDESTRE (3)

    23 July 2011 ( #La Hague )

    On Friday, after some cloudy skies in the morning, the sun came out and I decided to continue with my hikes along le sentier des douaniers near Vauville. I parked near l’ancien carrière at the bottom of the D318 and proceeded to walk down la rue following...

  • CHÂTEAU DE HAUTEFORT, « À TOUT JAMAIS »

    06 October 2011 ( #Architecture )

    One of my favorite films is Ever After (À tout jamais in French) starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. The settings, the music, the costumes, the acting and especially the modern retelling of the Cinderella story have stayed with me these many...

  • 11 NOVEMBRE 2011 -- JOUR DU SOUVENIR

    12 November 2011 ( #Querqueville )

    Avant de passer de ce monde à son père, Jésus disait à ses disciples : « c’est la paix que je vous laisse, c’est ma paix que je vous donne ; ce n’est pas à la manière du monde que je vous la donne. Ne soyez donc pas bouleversés et effrayés. Comme le Père...

  • CABANES DU BREUIL À SAINT-ANDRÉ-D'ALLAS

    10 October 2011 ( #Architecture )

    Les cabanes form part of an actual farm that raises geese. The huts are constructed by using dry stone walling techniques--they are built by carefully piling up stones and wedging them with more stones. This work is done without any cement, mortar or...

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