Coutance’s Public Garden

Day 22 of the Normandy Advent Calendar looks at Coutance’s public garden. The photo shows one of the feature flower beds in 2016. La Manche region hosted the first three stages of the Tour de France. The first day of the tour started at Mont-Saint-Michel and ended in Paris some three weeks later. There were […]

The Cathedral in Coutances

The cathedral in Coutances is my choice for day 10 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. The cathedral is my go-to place for a spot of grounding and reflection. There’s something very calming about it. I call in almost every time I go to Coutances. It’s a Gothic Roman Catholic structure built from 1210 to 1274. […]

The Best Place for Pancakes in Normandy

Where’s the best place for pancakes in Normandy? This is the question news organisation, Côté Manche, asked their Facebook fans earlier this month. Here’s their pick of the best places in and around Coutances. If you want a relatively quick and informal meal then finding a crêperie is a safe bet. Both savoury and sweet […]

A Garden In Coutances With A Difference

The public garden in Coutances is just that little bit different. It’s one of Normandy’s oldest public gardens having been created in 1855. It’s also a mix of French and English styles. What really sets it apart from other gardens is the mosaiculture style used in the planting. This horticultural art creates topiary-like structures using […]

Coutances – A Normandy Garden

I made the most of the sunshine earlier in the week while I was in Coutances. I took these quick pics on my phone in the Jardin des Plantes. It’s one of Normandy’s oldest gardens and is a mix of French and English influences. The team of gardeners work hard to keep it looking immaculate. […]

A Self Guided Walk Around Coutances

The tourist Office in Coutances has just produced a leaflet if you’d like to take a self guided walk around Coutances. It’s available in French and has also been translated into English and German. Start at the tourist office and follow the map and commentary. Look above the shops and you’ll find interesting façades and […]

What’s On In Normandy?

What’s on in Normandy this week? Although the season is changing there are still holiday makers ready to discover the area. The rain at the weekend gave way to some late afternoon sunshine on Sunday and the week looks set to be dry and warmer by the end of the week. The Coutances tourist office […]

Coutances’ Dahlia Festival

Coutances’ Dahlia Festival starts on Saturday 1st September and is on for the whole month. This is the 23rd time that the Normandy festival has been celebrated. It takes place in the agricultural college (the lycée agricole) where students wanting an agricultural or horticultural profession study. Throughout the year the college also runs a garden centre […]

Coutances Gardens – An Oasis Of Calm

Across the square in Coutances from the cathedral are the fabulous Coutances gardens. They are known as Le Jardin des Plantes and are open all year round albeit with shorter hours in the winter.  They’re one of Normandy’s oldest public gardens and have a mix of English and French styles. Every year a theme is […]