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Fresh gleanings in Rouen – 19th century guest post!

Rouen Fontaine du Gros Horloge Charles Pinet

This week our guest blogger is Donald G. Mitchell who adds a personal view of Rouen to some rather lovely etchings and drawings by Charles Pinet.  Donald was an American traveler, essayist and novelist who usually wrote under the pen name Lk Marvel. Donald's wonderful descriptive article about Rouen in the

The rise and fall of the English gardener at Giverny

Tinted photograph of Monets garden at the beginning of the 20th century

Spring 2018 and a short news item in a Normandy newspaper simply states: * * * A NEW HEAD GARDENER IN MONET'S HOME GIVERNY Jean-Marie Avisard will be replacing the legendary Gilbert Vahé as head gardener at Giverny, home of Claude Monet. The role is responsible for keeping the beautiful gardens, so important to Monet's

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.

The legend and the loveliness of La Fosse Arthour 

Waterfalls on the way to la fosse Arthour

Away from the bustling market towns, the countryside between Manche and Orne regions of Normandy is a land of legends.  Here in thick forests and hidden meadows fairies entice, the devil leads astray, giants hurl megaliths and stories of the old kings and queens are told by firelight on long cold

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