The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

I’ve selected this photo to represent the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. It’s my choice for day 13 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. Normandy hosted many different types of events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The events also continued throughout the summer as towns and villages commemorated their liberation. The majority of the events […]

The Abbey in Hambye

This photo of the abbey in Hambye is another favourite from my photo collection. I’ve chosen it for day 12 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. The abbey is a medieval Benedictine monastery that was founded in 1145. This photo is taken from the apse of the abbey church. You can see the flying butters structures […]

The Church in Sainte-Mère-Église

The church in Sainte-Mère-Église in Normandy is no ordinary church. Towards the steeple is a parachute and underneath it an effigy of a paratrooper. Overnight on the 5th June 1944, American aircraft headed towards the town. The paratroopers started to land around 1.40am. However, many buildings were alight in the town and the descending soldiers […]

The Cathedral in Coutances

The cathedral in Coutances is my choice for day 10 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. The cathedral is my go-to place for a spot of grounding and reflection. There’s something very calming about it. I call in almost every time I go to Coutances. It’s a Gothic Roman Catholic structure built from 1210 to 1274. […]

La Maison du Guet in Granville

La Maison du Guet in Granville features on day 9 of Normandy Advent Calendar. This is my favourite building and I take a photo of it almost every time I walk past it. I love those turrets! The word guet means watch, surveillance or lookout. So this is Lookout House. It’s in the high town […]

Normandy Advent Calendar – Day 8

Today’s Normandy Advent Calendar photo is taken in a Gavray boulangerie. This is part of the cake counter and they also sell lots more delicious French goodies. So, what’s the difference between a boulangerie and a pâtisserie? A boulangerie is a bakery and they sell bread. On the other hand a pâtisserie specialises in pastry […]

The Abbey At Longues-sur-Mer

On day 7 of the Normandy Advent Calendar I’d like to share the abbey at Longues-sur-Mer with you. It was founded in 1168 and the first monks came from Hambye Abbey. Many of the the buildings date from the 13th and 14th centuries. At this time there would have been the following structures:- a gatehouse, […]