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The legend of Saint Romain & the dragon, in Rouen

Our postcard match today is Rue Saint Romain, in Rouen. Despite many years and renovations the view is clearly recognisable, cherished by Rouen as a precious, historic highway. This street is named for one of Rouen’s more exciting saints.  Saint Romain was a seventh century hero famous for battling lasciviousness, pagans and a rather unpleasant dragon. …

The Footballers and forgotten château de Tancarville – a story of heritage in danger

An impossible match…. High on the cliffs above the River Seine in Normandy is an imposing old château .  Here history stretches back to the 11th century and the first Dukes of Normandy. Tancarville was home to Raoul I Fitzgerald, trusted friend of Robert, first Duke of Normandy.  Raoul would become William the Conqueror’s first Chamberlain, managing…

A modest WW2 resistance hero and the V-1, at Val Ygot

In the summer of 1943, a middle aged Frenchman in blue overalls pushed a wheelbarrow past German sentries into a construction site at Bonnetot, between Dieppe and Rouen in Normandy. The man, Michel Hollard, did not look extraordinary but he was.  Audacious and brave, Michel’s actions that day would go on to save many thousands…

1st Saturday of the month Fécamp flea market!

We don’t need much encouragement to visit Fécamp but once a month it becomes irresistible! From April to September, along lovely tree lined Avenue Gambetta, is a monthly professionals flea market. Here you will find a wonderful selection of small furniture items, china, dishes, paintings, postcards and vintage surprises. The Rotary club who run this…

The disastrous Latham-47 Polar rescue, from Caudebec-en-Caux

When the radio message from Umberto Nobile and 9 of his crew was finally picked up by a soviet amateur radio operator Nikolai Schmidt on 3 June 1928, they had been stranded on the ice for eight days.  Where the rest of the crew of the airship Italia could be, they had no idea. The…

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