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Following heroes; we drive the 1908 French Grand Prix, from Dieppe

A 1908 postcard of a racing Fiat hurtling through Seine-Inférieure (now Seine Maritime) driven by a stylish pair of moustache and goggle wearing Italians, led us to the discovery that early Grand Prix races took place in Normandy.  Le Mans may have been the first Grand Prix in 1906, but

The treachery of a broken-hearted knight, in medieval Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte

Geoffroy d’Harcourt of Château de Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, was born into a life of great privilege and great danger at the beginning of the 14th century. With one leg damaged at birth he could not expect to be a knight, as a Harcourt his loyalty should never have been in question, but Geoffroy

In pursuit of happiness, in Granville

Granville’s fierce tides and their monstrous waves have always drawn crowds.  Our vintage postcard is just one of handfuls we have come across depicting natures attack upon these cliffs. The waves are crashing over Le Plat-Gousset, a coastal path built from Granville’s own sturdy rocks and concrete.  But why call it

An incognito King, in Deauville

Sometime in the spring of 1922, the Marquis de Viana rented a beautiful manor house overlooking the sea at Le Grand Bec, not far from Deauville.  Over the next few weeks the Manoir de Clairefontaine was buffed up, ready for a very special visitor. A king in need of a change Earlier

Louviers’ wolf and the strange werewolves of Normandy

As long winter nights stretch before us and the dark places beyond our windows seem just a little closer, our thoughts turn to old tales of the wolves. For centuries, above raging winds and under silent moons their howl could be heard across these lands, striking fear into all that heard

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