The Men’s Abbey in Caen

The Men’s Abbey in Caen was founded in 1063 by William the Conqueror. There are two key parts to this magnificent building which is known as l’Abbaye aux Hommes. The first is the abbey church of Saint Etienne and this is where William is buried. The church is free to visit and is a wonderful […]

The Non-Violence Sculpture

The Non-Violence sculpture is also known as The Knotted Gun sculpture. The Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd created this piece in bronze following the shooting of former Beatle John Lennon in 1980. The sculpture was created as a memorial tribute with the idea behind it being a vision of a world at peace. Initially, the […]

New British Normandy Memorial

A new British Normandy memorial will be unveiled on Friday 4th September 2020 in Ver-sur-Mer. The names of over 22,000 soldiers will be inscribed on it. The site at Ver-sur-Mer overlooks Gold Beach where British troops landed on D-Day. This new memorial is designed to provide a permanent focal point for reflection and remembrance in […]

A Normandy Island Commune

Day 24 of the Normandy Advent Calendar is the Normandy island commune of Mont Saint Michel. It’s my favourite place, so there are several photos today to end the calendar. I’ve chosen this photo to show how things used to look. The photo was taken in 2012. There was a road leading to the island […]

The Beach at Barneville-Carteret

Day 23 of the Normandy Advent Calendar features the beach at Barneville-Carteret. There are two photos both of which were taken on La Plage de la Potinière. There are two further beaches in this charming seaside resort. They are called La Grande Plage de Barneville and also Plage de la Vieille Église. I love this […]

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 […]

Normandy High Tides

The Normandy high tides feature on day 21 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. There’s a road under all that water! The photo is taken at Le Havre de la Vanlée in Bricqueville-sur-Mer in Normandy. Watching the tide come in here is interesting as the road floods completely cutting the village off from the coast. The […]

12th Century Normandy Abbey

Lucerne Abbey is a 12th century Normandy abbey. It’s my choice for day 20 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. The photo is taken from the gatehouse. The abbey is a Premonstratensian monastery that was founded in 1143. The village of La Lucerne-d’Outremer sits in the triangle between the towns of Granville, Avranches and Villedieu-les-Poêles. The building […]

Normandy Cheese

Day 18 of the Normandy Advent Calendar is Normandy cheese. The bread and wine make the perfect accompaniment! There are 4 Normandy cheeses produced in the region – Camembert, Livarot, Pont l’Evêque and Neufchâtel. Camembert takes its name from the village in Calvados where it was first produced. The methods used to produce Camembert haven’t […]