William The Conqueror And His Abbey Church

You can learn about William the Conqueror and his abbey church by heading to Caen in Normandy. The abbey church of Saint-Étienne is part of the Abbaye aux Hommes (the Men’s Abbey). The abbey is a former Benedictine monastery and is dedicated to Saint Stephen. It was founded in 1063 by William the Conqueror and […]

An Abbey Church in Caen

The abbey church of Saint-Étienne is part of the Abbaye aux Hommes (the Men’s Abbey). The abbey is a former Benedictine monastery in Caen in Normandy and dedicated to Saint Stephen. It was founded in 1063 by William the Conqueror and has one of the largest Romanesque churches in France. Building the Abbey Church Having […]

The Norman Rockwell Exhibition in Normandy

  The Norman Rockwell exhibition is currently on in Caen. It’s one of the temporary exhibitions at the Mémorial de Caen museum and runs until 27 October. The Exhibition It’s called ‘Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms’ and is part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Rockwell exhibition has toured the […]

Top 3 Normandy Museums

There are plenty of museums to choose from in Normandy so I’ve selected my top three. They’re perfect for museum buffs or for a rainy day activity. The three museums are in Cherbourg, Caen and Bayeux. https://www.normandygiteholidays.com/wp-admin/plugins.php Cité de la Mer Cherbourg is much more than a Normandy arrival and departure port for ferries. There […]

If I Was A Tourist For A Day in Caen

  Once upon a time a young man called William made Caen in Normandy his main place of residence. However, he wasn’t just any young man; he was Duke of Normandy also known as William the Conqueror. Today, you can walk in his footsteps by visiting the abbeys he founded as well as the castle […]

Following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Tomorrow (12 January) at 7pm you can follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror with a night-time visit to L'Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen, Normandy. The Men's Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery founded by William in 1063. After his death in 1087 in Rouen, the body of King William was sent to Caen […]

Caen Christmas market

Wrap up warm, the Caen Christmas market in Normandy will be open from 28 November to 27 December. Father Christmas will make his first appearance on Saturday 5 December and each Saturday and Sunday. 50 wooden chalet style huts will house the 50 exhibitors selling Christmas themed products including food, decorations and presents. As evening […]

Resting place of William the Conqueror in Normandy

The Abbaye Aux Hommes in Caen, Normandy is the original resting place of William the Conqueror. The abbey was founded by William in 1063 and he was buried here in 1083. Post by Chris of Gavray Gites. Credit for the photo to mynormandie.fr More photos of the exterior and interior of the abbey can be […]