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
Driving to find a match for our postcard of an old market hall we passed a small, poignant memorial.
There is no trace of the market hall Cerisy-la-Salle but the tribute to seven airmen on the corner of Rue du Pont Sec and l’Auney ensures they will never be forgotten.
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
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
In the early hours of June 6, 1944, a man knocked loudly on the door of Alexandre Renaud, Mayor of Sainte-Mère-Église. Since the town's occupation by the enemy in 1940 there had been a strict curfew. This late night visit could only mean an emergency.
The visitor explained rapidly that a house