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Fresh gleanings in Rouen – 19th century guest post!

Rouen Fontaine du Gros Horloge Charles Pinet

This week our guest blogger is Donald G. Mitchell who adds a personal view of Rouen to some rather lovely etchings and drawings by Charles Pinet.  Donald was an American traveler, essayist and novelist who usually wrote under the pen name Lk Marvel. Donald's wonderful descriptive article about Rouen in the

Explore Normandy with this vintage railways leaflet

The leaflet includes a Chemin de Fer, railway, map of Normandy

A small, rather faded vintage leaflet from the Chemins de Fer de l’Etat (State Railways of France) promotes two charming excursions around Normandy that we would happily recommend today. The first scales the dizzy heights of Suisse Normande with all it's 'charm, grace and hints of savagery'. The second invites

The gruesome crowd; a true medieval ghost story from Normandy

Vintage postcard of Saint-Aubin-de-Bonneval Normandy

This week our postcard match is a tiny village in the Orne region of Normandy. Here in the 11th century lived the priest Walkelin and it is his, terrifying, ghost story our guest blogger re-tells today.   Our blogger is Orderic Vitalis; Benedictine monk, 11/12th century chronicler and friend of Walkelin.

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