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3rd Sunday regular antique brocante in La Ferrière-sur-Risle

La Ferrière-sur-Risle is perfect example of a small Eure Normandy country town, with ancient beamed homes, elegant brick maison and wide tree-lined streets. A regular antique brocante takes place on the third Sunday of the month (except August).  Worth a visit for the location as well as for bargains, it takes place

The happy history hunt – announcing European Heritage days in September 2017

Château Tourlaville, near Cherbourg Are you planning a visit to Normandy? History lover? You need to know about this important weekend. We discovered European heritage days ‘Journées européennes du patrimoine‘ when the charming owner of a Normandy château refused the usual payment for a tour of his lovely home. Journées européennes du patrimoine Heritage

Falling down the rabbit hole with Edith Piaf, in Bernay

The discovery that Edith Piaf spent part of her childhood in Bernay touched a vintage postcard of a street in an ordinary Normandy town with some much needed last century glamour. What we didn't expect was to fall into a rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland proportions.  Our research left us

A hello and a handshake, for Armistice day

War was declared between France and Germany on 3 August 1914.  Our vintage postcard is dated 14 October 1914 and was sent by Raymond Langlois of Vernon in the Eure Normandy, to his friend M. Victor of Saint-Cyr-du-Vaudreuil, 30km away. M. Victor had been injured just two months into the 'Great War'. The

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