Deep in the soft countryside of the Pays d’Auge, at the end of a quiet lane, stands Manoir de Querville.
Looking through the arch (Querville is a private residence) we spy the building in our postcard. Fancy brick and stone topped with a timber frame. A grand home that has been
Three years after this card was posted in 1926, artist Raoul Dufy saw a little girl running along the Honfleur jetty in a red dress.
As her dress flipped and swirled with each speedy step, Raoul had a moment of artistic clarity. He would later recall how this patch of colour had 'stayed longer on
During 1937, just before the outbreak of WW2, the Touring Club of France went on an expedition to see the beautiful manor houses of Calvados, in Normandy.
Happily for us they took a camera and recorded these grand old houses, including at least one that has now been lost forever.
Lets join the
Edgar Degas frequently visited Normandy with friends. In 1869 he drew in pastel a handful of small landscapes of the coast. They are signed, which suggests they had meaning and importance to the artist, who frequently did not sign his 'lesser' works.
Here are a selection of those drawings. It's not
Long ago, a few steps from this grand Normandy manor house in Bellou, stood a tumble down cottage, the smallest in the village. In this modest home Rose Harel was born to a mother but no father, on 9 April 1826. Nothing about Rose’s start in life suggested she would