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La foire des Andaines brocante walk through the forest, in May 2017

One of the loveliest brocante (flea market) fairs in Normandy takes place every May, in the Orne. In 2017 the Foire des Andaines takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May. The fair stretches along a forest road between Saint-Michel-des-Andaines and Bagnoles de l'Orne. Here you will find a few hundred

The heroic end of Gabriel, comte de Montgomery, in Domfront

Gabriel de Lorges, comte de Montgomery was a hero, rebel and killer of a king.  Not all of this was by choice. The son of Jacques, Duke of Montgomery, a Scottish nobleman with a sound career supporting the kings of France, Gabriel’s life should have been gilded and assured.  In 1559

The mysterious fortune of the Goupil brothers, in Bagnoles de l’Orne

In 1789 when the Goupil brothers from Tessé-la-Madeleine in the Orne were young men, the French revolution shattered its way across France. Their village was small, their family modest.  Everything important was happening in Paris, so they took themselves off to the city. Jean and Louis Goupil returned in 1829, very very rich… How

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