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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.

The surprising battle of St-Cyr-de-Bailleul, in 1906

In the south of Normandy, deep in the countryside near the border with Mayenne, is a tiny village called St-Cyr-de-Bailleul.  Here a few hundred souls live around a small unremarkable church. History has little to report here as perhaps it takes a lot to rouse these hard-working country folk from

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