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Falling down, in the Orne; a tale of friendship and murder

Home to Parisian bankers, international golf hotel and Normandy residence of a British criminal who once joined the Queen on the Sunday Times ‘Rich List’.  This is possibly the most unnerving postcard match to make the pages of Normandy Then and Now. When we couldn’t find the location of this postcard

The terrible haunting of a Normandy château

Doesn't this Normandy château look charming? Not overly grand, just inviting?  You are looking at a very misleading picture, for this is the most haunted château in France. There had always been a few stories; a white lady drifting around the grounds and long ago a werewolf terrorised people crossing the

Abandoned Normandy; a cottage by La Varenne

La Varenne river winds through the high cliffs and low fields in the Orne, Normandy. To find one little cottage that may no longer exist along it's 40km was a challenge that we accepted... And won. Uncared for, unkempt. Easily missed in the undergrowth, sturdy cottage steps took us up to the front door. Lockless, paint

Amazing new Cahaignes postcard match! Château interior…

Amazed to find this postcard of the old château library at Cahaignes before it fell into disrepair - see our original post here - and delighted to find we had already taken a photo match (below). Do you have a photo of the château interior before it was abandoned? We would love

A Frenchman’s home is his castle, in Cahaignes

An old postcard of a classically beautiful 17th century castle took us to Cahaignes.  We could find nothing online about it, perhaps a private owner had sensibly protected their privacy. Be careful what you wish for Cahaignes is tiny, balanced on the Eure plains between Rouen and Paris with very few roads to

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