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How to become a Saint, or…the early life of St. Thérèse, the little flower of Lisieux.

We love when old postcards lead us on adventures to new Normandy places, but sometimes it is nice to pick up a picture of somewhere familiar. A familiar view This card was found  in an old wooden box at a street brocante on a showery April day. Its smudges of colour instantly proclaim

The strange WW1 tale of Belgium in Normandy, at Sainte-Adresse

We knew of Sainte-Adresse from some delightful summery paintings by Claude Monet but didn’t know where it was, or that it used to run Belgium, until we picked up an old postcard with a lovely view of the Seine estuary. We also didn’t know there was never a saint called Sainte-Adresse… Belgium

Queen Victoria is not amused in Cherbourg

By 1858 the redoubtable Victoria had been queen for more than 20 years, was mother to 9 children, had survived at least two serious assassination attempts, was on to her 7th Prime Minister (the mediocre Derby, more of him later), had graciously accepted the title Empress of India and was

The marvellous Montgomery’s of Sainte-Foy-de-Montgommery

This charming postcard of a Pays d’Auge manor gateway took us to the hamlet of Sainte-Foy-de-Montgommery, a hidden Château and introduced us to possibly the loveliest Pommeau in the world. Here is our first postcard match. Set back discretely from the road, framed by the gateway, Manoir de l’Aumondiere  retains her mystery. We have no idea

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