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What lurks in the Lair of Loisail?

Vintage postcard of Loisail in the Perche region of the Orne Normandy

Just a mile or so from Mortagne-au-Perche, snug in the soft hills and woods of the Orne, is the tiny village of Loisail. Nothing about this hamlet of warm yellow stone houses suggests vast caverns lurk under its fields but they do. For hundreds of years the fine limestone rock of

Domfront, city of misfortune!

vintage postcard Place Saint Julien Domfront Normandy

Rummaging in Normandy markets we occasionally come across vintage postcards of Domfront showing a rather grisly image; a man dangling from the gallows. Difficult to match – for the artists’ tenuous knowledge of Domfront as much as the dangling man – these postcards often includes an awful warning: Domfront ville du

Travelling salesman for the souls in purgatory – from Montligeon


Driving through the mellow villages and pretty countryside of the Perche Ornais (south Normandy), to see La basilique Notre-Dame de Montligeon is something of a surprise. Standing very talk against the ancient Perche forest, the basilica was constructed in dramatic gothic style just over 100 years ago. Why here? This isn’t the site of

Chateau life in Normandy; Le Vieux Chateau Le Renouard

Chateau Le Renouard

The high walls of the old chateau in our postcard were designed to keep people out.  They hadn't bargained for Donna McDougall, but that wouldn't be for a few hundred years... Over 1000 years of history Renaud de Bailleul built the first stone castle in this valley, he was one of the

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