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When Harold met William in 1064; a tale of quicksand and cunning

There is a stained glass window in the Église Notre-Dame at Pontorson that depicts an odd moment in Normandy history that took place just a couple of years before William invaded England. It is the story of Harold Godwinson’s unexpected visit to Normandy in 1064. Harold the hostage No one is entirely

Genêts and the man who saved a million lives in WW1

A walk through Genêts took us to an old church and a very unusual memorial.  The memorial is for General Louis Auguste Adrian.  An understated man who probably saved more lives in WW1 than anyone else. A brilliant man with a modest background Louis was not a famous general, he could lay no claim

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

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