The high walls of the old chateau in our postcard were designed to keep people out. They hadn't bargained for Donna McDougall, but that wouldn't be for a few hundred years...
Over 1000 years of history
Renaud de Bailleul built the first stone castle in this valley, he was one of the
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
Our midweek photo post is of an old abandoned farm we found along an overgrown lane, in the Orne, Normandy. At the entrance a brick house with shutters raised high above the ground looks out over a quiet valley of orchards and grass. Traditional stone farm buildings stand to form
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
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,