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,
The top left of Normandy is the Cotentin Peninsula and within that, the Val de Saire. A region with timeless pockets of wildness and a shoreline that has been battling the sea since time began.
All around its maritime boundaries are ports; from stately Cherbourg to little stone pockets by small
Pretty and fair with skin like cream, Françoise de Brancas Princesse d'Harcourt lived in that strange world Versailles, when the Sun King Louis XIV ruled. He demanded his aristocrats paid court to him in his glorious over stuffed castle and so there they lived, squeezed into every last corner and cupboard.
Just off the D901, down a narrow road hugged by tall hedges, is a fairy mansion guarded by goblins who store their treasure in one of its corners. Or so the legend says.
The fairies and goblins have not been seen for some centuries, but it is well known that the
At this time of year many Normandy fans, or soon to be fans, are planning a seaside holiday in this remarkable region.
To help choose a fine beach at a sensible price, we have dipped back in to ‘Cook’s Handbook for Normandy’ published in 1883, and are sharing with you reviews