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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

Guest blogger! Cook’s handbook for Normandy, 1883

Our guest blogger today is Cook’s Handbook for Normandy (and Brittany) from 1883.  Excerpts include traveler 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

Celebrating women of Normandy this International Women’s Day

On this International Women’s Day we take a look at the remarkable women who have have helped make Normandy the place we love. In no particular order they are: Designer Coco Chanel When Coco Chanel opened her first dress shop in Deauville, overheated over-corseted ladies summering in the town were startled then delighted

Best bits 2015; our 5 most popular Normandy Then & Now posts!

Our most popular posts in 2015 included stories of medieval knights, WW2 bravery, rejected Kings, writers seeking inspiration and mad hatters.  In reverse order they are: 5) Becoming Zola, in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer "If you fancy writing a gritty, realistic novel that doesn’t hold back revealing the murkier underbelly of human nature, try a holiday in charming Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on

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