Following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Tomorrow (12 January) at 7pm you can follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror with a night-time visit to L'Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen, Normandy. The Men's Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery founded by William in 1063. After his death in 1087 in Rouen, the body of King William was sent to Caen […]

Caen Christmas market

Wrap up warm, the Caen Christmas market in Normandy will be open from 28 November to 27 December. Father Christmas will make his first appearance on Saturday 5 December and each Saturday and Sunday. 50 wooden chalet style huts will house the 50 exhibitors selling Christmas themed products including food, decorations and presents. As evening […]

France commemorates Armistice Day

11 November is the date France commemorates Armistice Day. It marks the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne in France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. It took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day […]

Foire aux Plantes in Coutances

The last 2 weeks in October are an opportunity to visit the botanical gardens, the garden centre and what remains of the dahlia show. The fair is held at the agricultural college where students learn their various trades. Yesterday was a beautifully sunny day, although some sections of the garden were beginning to see the […]

Celebrating La Toussaint

November 1st is 'la Toussaint' – (All Saints Days) in France and is a contraction of the phrase ’ Tous les Saints’. It’s the day when people mourn their dead, go to special church services, visit cemeteries and and put fresh flowers on their loved ones' graves. Chrysanthemums are usually chosen and they are everywhere […]

Guided tours of Old Bayeux and the cathedral during the October holidays

Visiting Normandy during the October holidays? From 19 – 30 October you can take a guided tour to discover the old town or the cathedral. The cathedral tour will allow you access to the treasure room and chapter house which are usually closed to the public. The tour around Old Bayeux will explore the area […]