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Cheval and a show at Haras du Pin

Not being horsey people, a visit to the French national Stud in the Orne has been lurking quite low on our list, but we were in for a rather dainty and delightful surprise. Our postcard shows the main gate of Le Haras national du Pin, the national stud of France. It was founded by King…

The very special Calvados Domfrontais – a visit

Anyone who has read our advice for what to do when it rains in Normandy will know touring the makers of wonderful Calvados, Pommeau and cider is very high on the list. But what to expect? Here are some notes from our visit to the comte Louis de Lauriston cellars, near Domfront. Didier Thomas welcomed…

Dates announced for La Grande Foire à Tout des Andelys 2017!

The La Grande Foire à Tout des Andelys is the largest fair of it’s kind in Normandy.  Just 20 miles south of Rouen, here you will find an interesting mix of local farm produce, market stalls, brocante (flea and antique) professional traders and families selling assorted bits and bobs after a good clear out. When and where…

Pâtisserie with Pascal, in the Perche

The owner of the chateau in our vintage postcard is an award winning Paris chef.  He welcomes guests for dinner, to stay and… to learn from him the secrets of perfect Parisian pâtisserie. Would we be brave enough to try something very new? Of course! A very tasty idea We signed up for a cookery…

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 of the better known…

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