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Saving Saint-Arnoult, the oldest Christian building in Calvados

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

Ducey, a distillery and the saving of le château des Montgommery

If you drove through Ducey a little over thirty years ago, the only memorable sight would be an abandoned distillery decaying on the corner of Rue du Gén Leclerc. Observant travellers may have noticed a high roof behind the crumbling buildings, but most people would have looked away. Ducey knew a

When a dream came true, at Château de Crosville-sur-Douve, in the Manche

One day in 1980 a girl called Michèle on a Normandy school bus heard that a tumble-down château  and its farm were for sale. Michèle was horrified.  She lived there. Michèle Lefol’s family are not grand.  They don’t descend from the château’s fine family.  Her grandparents took on the farm before WW2. 

Concerning Mont Saint-Michel, in 1905 by Gordon Home – guest blogger!

This week we are celebrating fellow Normandy lover Gordon Home, whose delightful watercolour of Mont Saint-Michel is possibly the loveliest we have ever seen. A sense of beauty A newspaper report of Gordon's wedding in 1926 to Violet Maude Chapman includes these lines from the vicar’s address: “What gift, then, will you, Gordon,

The terrible fire of Château d’Eu, near Treport

We are in the lap of 19th century luxury this week on the blog, which is surprising considering the building on our postcard had burnt down. One afternoon in 1902 a chimney in the fabulously extravagant and importantly historic Château d'Eu caught fire. Unfortunately whoever put it out did a poor

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