February Half Term in Normandy

Today is the first day of the February half term holidays in Normandy. Throughout France, holidays will last until the 8th March because different regions have alternative dates. For visitors to Normandy, there are activities to do even though it’s not the main summer season. For ideas of what to do in winter, visit this […]

The bell foundry at Villedieu-les-Poêles in Normandy

The bell foundry at Villedieu-les-Poêles was opened in 1865 and is still in production today. The eight bells in the photo were made for the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and were put on public display before being installed in 2013. You can visit the workshop in Villedieu for a guided tour in either French, […]

Villedieu-les-Poêles – the Normandy copper town

Villedieu is traditionally known as a hub of metalwork production, particularly copper, brass and pewter. The word po√™les refers to the copper pans that the town is famous for and inhabitants are known as Sourdins derived from sourd (deaf). Villedieu hosts a number of museums and workshops as well as a bell foundry. You’ll find […]