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Travelling salesman for the souls in purgatory – from Montligeon


Driving through the mellow villages and pretty countryside of the Perche Ornais (south Normandy), to see La basilique Notre-Dame de Montligeon is something of a surprise. Standing very talk against the ancient Perche forest, the basilica was constructed in dramatic gothic style just over 100 years ago. Why here? This isn’t the site of

Chateau life in Normandy; Le Vieux Chateau Le Renouard

Chateau Le Renouard

The high walls of the old chateau in our postcard were designed to keep people out.  They hadn't bargained for Donna McDougall, but that wouldn't be for a few hundred years... Over 1000 years of history Renaud de Bailleul built the first stone castle in this valley, he was one of the

Dragons, nogging and byres; Manor de Querville in the heart of the Pays d’Auge

Manoir de Querville

Deep in the soft countryside of the Pays d’Auge, at the end of a quiet lane, stands Manoir de Querville. Looking through the arch (Querville is a private residence) we spy the building in our postcard.  Fancy brick and stone topped with a timber frame. A grand home that has been

Exploring the manor houses of Calvados, in 1937 – photo post!

Manoir de Grandchamp sur la Vie

During 1937, just before the outbreak of  WW2, the Touring Club of France went on an expedition to see the beautiful manor houses of Calvados, in Normandy. Happily for us they took a camera and recorded these grand old houses, including at least one that has now been lost forever. Lets join the

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