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News from Carentan, Tilly & Caen: Snapshot from a war, 14 June 1944

During the Second World War, news, particularly good news was shared quickly across the Allied world.  While each battle has been studied in detail by historians over the years, at the time newspapers reported them hurriedly as steps towards freedom. Reading those old papers today we are for a moment transported back to a world…

La Mère Poulard and a very modern scandal, on Mont Saint-Michel

Our first visit to Normandy in 2007 included a day to Mont Saint Michel. Back then visitors drove up to the gate and parked on the old salt flats alongside the road. Later that day, high on a stone terrace, we recovered from over 1000 steps up and the inevitable jostling of tourists.  ‘There isn’t…

Tanks and flowers in the Biville dunes – midweek photo post!

From the mid 1970’s until 2014 the dunes between Biville and the sea were occupied by the French army.  Here 300 hectares of unique sandy landscape shook to the sound of explosions and gunfire, as soldiers from all over the region came to do manoeuvres and target practise.  Now all that you will hear is…

The life of a small harbour; Le port du cap Lévi, in Cotentin

The top left of Normandy is the Cotentin Peninsula and within that, the Val de Saire.  A region with timeless pockets of wildness and a shoreline that has been battling the sea since time began. All around its maritime boundaries are ports; from stately Cherbourg to little stone pockets by small villages that huddle against…

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