The entrance pavilion of Manoir de La Pommeraye is picturesque even on a cold winter’s day. A central archway edged with pale stones is flanked by sturdy stone tower and topped with a balcony and roofs that would look quite at home in a fairy-tale.
But for Normandy, this building is
La Ferrière-sur-Risle is perfect example of a small Eure Normandy country town, with ancient beamed homes, elegant brick maison and wide tree-lined streets.
A regular antique brocante takes place on the third Sunday of the month (except August). Worth a visit for the location as well as for bargains, it takes place
For a few hundred years the de Tosny family made their Norman mark and then... they were gone. But the de Tosny are remembered to this day in Conches-en-Ouche, the town they built in the Orne.
Records have probably been a little bent by time, as the earliest were written many
Jean Pierre François Blanchard was born in Petit Andelys, the second son of an odd-job man, on July 4, 1753. Perhaps the vast remains of Chateau Gaillard that tower above the town inspired him to the possibilities of human endeavour. Whatever the cause, Jean Pierre was destined to go down,
An old book by Marc Elder gives a remarkable insight into the creation of Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, as he wrote it after visiting Giverny and interviewing the great man himself. Their meeting was in 1924, just two years before Monet died age 86, on 5 December 1926.
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