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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

The vandal of Manoir de Courboyer, in the Perche

There is something missing from our postcard match today.  On the left a chapel built in 1500 used to stand. It wasn’t lost by fire, storms or earthquake but because of the vandal of Courboyer… A new manor for a new world By the end of the 100 Years War in 1449

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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