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Best bits 2015; our 5 most popular Normandy Then & Now posts!

Our most popular posts in 2015 included stories of medieval knights, WW2 bravery, rejected Kings, writers seeking inspiration and mad hatters.  In reverse order they are:

5) Becoming Zola, in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer

“If you fancy writing a gritty, realistic novel that doesn’t hold back revealing the murkier underbelly of human nature, try a holiday in charming Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on the northern coast of Normandy.  It worked for Émile Zola… ”

Tristan Nitot-Coucher-soleil-saint-aubin-sur-mer-calvados

4) In days of old when Knights were bold, in Brionne, Normandy

“Long, long ago when being called Gilbert was cool, a young man inherited vast lands around Brionne in Normandy….”

Robert I Duke of Normandy 'the Magnificent' to his friends 'the Devil' to his enemies
Robert I Duke of Normandy ‘the Magnificent’ to his friends ‘the Devil’ to his enemies

3) Take me to Trouville!

“On a cold blustery day in February 1848 the last King of France skulked along the quay in Trouville-sur-Mer, desperate to secure passage to England for himself and his family…”

In 'Bord de la mer a Trouville' Charles Mozin paints the new villas
In ‘Bord de la mer a Trouville’ Charles Mozin paints the new villas

2) The agonies of Monet’s 26th year

“…Together they were young and invincible, living a perilous existence between the city and the countryside of Normandy.  While Monet painted she waited, ready to pack their bags in an instant when unpaid bills left them unwelcome at the local inns…”

The Monet family in their grden at Argenteuil by Manet, 1874
The Monet family in their grden at Argenteuil by Manet, 1874

1) The mad hatters of Caudebec-en-Caux

“…Then a remarkable discovery was made that become the money making ‘secretage’ that no Huguenot would ever divulge.”

King Louise IIV in a Caudebec hat - he better stock up...
King Louise IIV in a Caudebec hat – he better stock up…

 

We have lots of fascinating stories and postcard matches for 2016.  Do you have a favourite Normandy place you think we should visit? Please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

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