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Watering places of Normandy – more from Cook’s invaluable 1883 handbook

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

The happy history hunt – announcing European Heritage days in September 2017

Château Tourlaville, near Cherbourg Are you planning a visit to Normandy? History lover? You need to know about this important weekend. We discovered European heritage days ‘Journées européennes du patrimoine‘ when the charming owner of a Normandy château refused the usual payment for a tour of his lovely home. Journées européennes du patrimoine Heritage

The brocante lovers guide

Some people are born brocante lovers, others wake up one morning in a room of Ikea perfection and realise it lacks a certain something. That something is originality, personality and irreplaceable history.  All of these things can be found in vintage and antique treasures, but where to find them? You can go

Guest blogger! Cook’s handbook for Normandy, 1883

Our guest blogger today is Cook’s Handbook for Normandy (and Brittany) from 1883.  Excerpts include traveller advice, the Norman character and scenery.  Every town and larger village are described, but for this match we have included a visitor guide to Bayeux. We expected the handbook to be a little dry but it

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