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Life’s a party, with the Dolly Sisters in Deauville

Another summer day, in Deauville vintage postcard

Whatever anyone says about the dancing Dolly Sisters, remember them in this photo taken on Deauville beach.  Don't they look charming? Full of life, cheeky and so innocent despite those racy swimming costumes, they are having the time of their lives.  Their real gift was not the stage, but making

4th Saturday monthly antique brocante market in Deauville

Every fourth Saturday of the month a group of hardy professional antique brocante sellers meet in Square de l'Eglise Saint-Augustin, Deauville. Around 30 stalls sell a fascinating array of flea market and quality antique treasures from 7am to 5pm, rain or shine.  Possibly closing up a little early when the weather

The comeuppance of Henri, vicomte de Belzunce, in 1789 Caen

Port de Secours at the old chateau in Caen

Setting the scene It is August, 1789.  The French Revolution, which started idealistically enough with the formation of a National Assembly on 17 June to balance royal power, has become rather less polite as the Bastille is stormed on 14 July. This political drama follows months of hardship for the people of

1st Sunday monthly antique and flea at Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives!

Pierre sur Dives brocante

Once a month a fantastic selection of friendly antique sellers gather inside the ancient market hall of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives, Calvados. Feeling the pinch? Well, the antiques start from just a few euro (to sky high) but....  just next to the hall is a lovely little square of brocante shops with items for

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