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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…

Monet’s unquiet heart, in Étretat 

  The Cliff, Étretat, Sunset, was painted in the early months of 1883, a time Monet would always remember with unease. The painting looks out to sea at the Porte d’Aval arch overlapping Aiguille, a tall rock spire. Next to them the dark orange sun like a burning coal, is set in a patch of…

Following heroes; we drive the 1908 French Grand Prix, from Dieppe

A 1908 postcard of a racing Fiat hurtling through Seine-Inférieure (now Seine Maritime) driven by a stylish pair of moustache and goggle wearing Italians, led us to the discovery that early Grand Prix races took place in Normandy.  Le Mans may have been the first Grand Prix in 1906, but in 1907, 1908 and 1912,…

Peasant life in Normandy, by Gertrude Käsebier in 1894 – guest photo blogger!

Rabbit and poultry vendors Today our midweek photo post comes from the small farming community of Cressy in Seine Maritime.  Our guest blogger Gertrude Käsebier visited in 1894, while an art student in Paris. Her unique photographs of Normandy country life reveal a world now long lost, a time just before the introduction of farm machinery….

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