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, […]

Omaha Beach Memorial

I’ve chosen a photo of the Omaha Beach memorial for Day 6 of my Normandy Advent Calendar. It represents one of my most memorable days out and is such an incredibly powerful sculpture. Omaha Beach stretches along 4 miles of the Normandy coastline between the villages of Vierville, Saint-Laurent and Colleville. The 1st and 29th […]

Normandy Beach Huts

Day 5 of my Normandy Advent Calendar opens onto these jolly Normandy beach huts in Gouville-sur-Mer. The beach huts are in Gouville-sur-Mer on the Cotentin coast. The first beach huts appeared here just before the First World War. It was thanks to a local restauranteur and inn-keeper that they were built. He would organise for […]

The Normandy American Memorial

Day 4 of the Normandy Advent Calendar showcases the Normandy American Memorial near Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer. It honours the bravery of those who fought on D-Day and the ensuing battle. The memorial area is organized around a 22 foot tall bronze statue called The Spirit of American Youth Rising From the Waves. The statue […]

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 – […]

The Villedieu-les-Poêles Mairie

The Villedieu-les-Poêles Mairie features on day 2 of my Normandy Advent Calendar. The Mairie is also known as the hôtel de ville and is the equivalent of a town hall. I took this photo during the summer and there are additional decorations on the steps. There’s a large bell hidden among the decorations as a […]

Normandy Advent Calendar – Day 1

From now until December 24th, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite photos as a virtual Normandy Advent Calendar. Think of it as a little treat each day in the run up to the festive season. Feast your eyes on the wonderful Normandy places I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks. This […]

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 […]