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La foire des Andaines brocante walk through the forest, in May 2019

Les Andaines to Bagnoles spring brocante through the forest

One of the loveliest brocante (flea market) fairs in Normandy takes place every May, in the Orne. In 2019 the Foire des Andaines takes place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May. The fair stretches along a forest road between Saint-Michel-des-Andaines and Bagnoles de l'Orne. Here you will find more than 2000

The man in the Roche d’Oëtre

The stone man in the Roche d'Oëtre gazes out across an endless panorama of river, forest and meadows. Four hundred feet below in the gorge twists the silver Rouvre river, flowing on to a densely wooded valley. These granite rocks are part of the oldest mountain in France, the Amorican Massif.

Disappearing silver at the Devil’s Table, near Passais

Allée couverte de la Table du Diable near Passais Orne

Before tidy roads cut their way across this land, the Passais was a wild, remote place. Named from the old French passer, to pass, this was a place of passage between the Duchy of Normandy and France.  These dangerous, enchanted borderlands were thick with forest and superstition. Lost in the mists of

WW2 photo match – bombing the Andaines forest in 1944

This is a photograph of a A-20G bomber of the 645th Bombardment Squadron, 410th Bombardment Group, 97th Combat Bombardment Wing, IX Bomber Command releasing its bomb load over the Andaines forest, in the Orne. During WW2 the forest hid fuel and ammunition stores for the German 7th Army.  Allies bombed the forest

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