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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

The painter of a happy life, in Champsecret

It was a surprise to discover we had been Gaston La Touche for much of our school life.  A print of Manet’s painting ‘Un bar aux Folies Bergères’ with its odd mirror perspective was a popular choice in English schools some years ago.  If you can tear your gaze away

Original in all France – la Saucerie

In a land full of fancy fortified manor houses and grand Conqueror’s castles, Manoir de la Saucerie, 7km west of Domfront, manages to stand out. Not because it isn’t really a manor; it is a gate house, but because of a 17th century decision. After a couple of hundred years of ownership,

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