There are two very different memorials in Le Havre; one for lives lost, the other for lives taken, for France.
Our postcard shows a glorious memorial to the 6000 people of Le Havre who died in WW1. They gave their lives for their country in conditions so awful we cannot imagine them.
When Georges Dufayel decided to spend some of his vast wealth creating a holiday resort by the sea, he looked to the home of his parents, Normandy.
He knew of a bay, sheltered from the wind and overlooked by the craggy hillside ‘La Pointe de la Hève’, just north of bustling
We found this emotional set of images, showing Le Havre before and after the bombing of 1944, tucked in amongst some ordinary vintage postcards at the Foire des Andaines.
The photos have been carefully composed by someone who thought we should not forget, and they tell the story of Operation Astonia in ways
Best known by travellers from the south of England as a very useful port, Le Havre is no beauty. Matching some old postcards we discovered this is not the fault of Le Havre.
To date, these are our most shockingly altered then-and-now pictures. Why? Back to 1944.
132 bombings by the
We knew of Sainte-Adresse from some delightful summery paintings by Claude Monet but didn’t know where it was, or that it used to run Belgium, until we picked up an old postcard with a lovely view of the Seine estuary.
We also didn’t know there was never a saint called Sainte-Adresse…