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Concrete serenity in Le Havre

Best known by travellers from the south of England as a very useful port, Le Havre is no beauty.   Matching some old postcards we discovered this is not the fault of Le Havre. To date, these are our most shockingly altered then-and-now pictures.  Why? Back to 1944. 132 bombings by the

The peculiar chapel of Allouville-Bellefosse

We drove expectantly through the plain fields of the Pays de Caux to Allouville-Bellefose to match this most peculiar postcard. A chapel in a tree, and what a tree!  Still alive after centuries leafy branches capped with little man made roofs twist and turn. Inside support has been supplied by someone of the Heath

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

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 drive

A headache at Mont Saint-Michel

When the Archangel Michael appeared to Aubert, Bishop of Avranches early in 709 Aubert was surprised but not as delighted as one would expect. Bishop Aubert lived peacefully in a community of hard working Christians, carefully turning a blind eye to the activities of a less Christian variety taking place on

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