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
This week our match is 73 years out of date. The early postcards reveal a world now lost. They are matched with photos taken in the summer of 1944, in WW2. The wartime quality of the photography is not sharp, but the story is clear.
The battle for Caen lasted just
On a hot day spring day towards the end of a brocante market we found some treasures tucked inside an old portfolio. Watching over them was a hawk eyed vendor, who we could tell knew he had something rather special.
With colours so fresh it was as though they were seeing
This postcard match of Honfleur is one first we ever did, from a bundle of carte postale bought in a Paris flea market.
We published it in our first (now defunct) blog 'Honfleur then and Now' and the mystery caused a bit of a furore. It has never been solved so we
Up in the hills above the Touques river valley overlooking Trouville, a small broken church leans against up against a priory chapel.
1000 years have stripped Saint Arnoult church of its roof but the crypt remains beneath, tethering these modest buildings to the hillside. The chapel and village church were built