A Stroll Through the High Town in Granville

The high town in Granville is often overlooked by visitors to the town who instead visit the shops, restaurants, bars, casino, market and port in the main town. However, visiting the fortified high town is like stepping back in history and is a hidden gem not be be missed. Accessing the High Town The high […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Christian Dior Museum in Normandy

The Christian Dior museum is my choice for day 3 of my Normandy Advent Calendar. This stunning villa in Granville is called Les Rhumbs. It was Christian Dior’s childhood home and is set in delightful gardens. The villa was built at the end of the 19th century and bought by Dior’s parents in 1906 – […]

Commemorating Armistice Day in Normandy

Granville will be commemorating Armistice Day this weekend in Normandy. A World War 2 site will be used to mark the event over the three days. Monday 11th November is a public holiday in France and marks the end of World War 1 in 1918.   The batterie du Roc was built in 1942 in Granville’s high […]

The Best Place For A Coffee in Granville

This is definitely coffee with a view! Yesterday I visited a local heritage site and came back via the town of Granville. It’s one of my favourite towns with a harbour, plenty of seafood restaurants and a quintessentially old town full of history. A friend and I wanted a coffee in Granville so we headed […]

Things To Do In Granville

Granville Tourist Office have just produced a number of guides about what to do in Granville. I picked up four different publications yesterday from one of their offices. They’ve produced a magazine, a brochure about forthcoming events, a guide to gourmet delights and a main guide. The information is in English and French. The main […]

Granville’s Carnival Comes To Town

Granville’s carnival will take place from 1st – 5th March this year. It’s an annual event that lasts for five days and always finishes on the Tuesday of Mardi Gras. For details of the programme, you can check out the website here. This year is the 145th carnival in Granville and it’s one of the […]

A New Exhibition Coming To The Christian Dior Museum

Today is the last day for visiting the Christian Dior Museum before it re-opens in April. The museum is housed in three floors of the famous couturier’s Normandy home in the seaside town of Granville. Although Dior was born here in 1905 his family moved to Paris several years later. However, the Granville house was […]

What’s On In Normandy?

What’s on in Normandy this week? Although the season is changing there are still holiday makers ready to discover the area. The rain at the weekend gave way to some late afternoon sunshine on Sunday and the week looks set to be dry and warmer by the end of the week. The Coutances tourist office […]