This pretty street in Villedieu-les-Poêles, Normandy, runs alongside the main thoroughfare. It’s quiet and mainly residential as there are numerous alleys accessed through stone arches. You can see one of the arches on the right hand side of the photo. The church at the bottom of the street is the Eglise Notre Dame built at the end of the 15th century.
The Jardin des Plantes in Coutances, Normandy, is garden creativity at its best. Each year, the garden has a theme which is then reflected in the planting. This year the displays are all about energy sources. Great fun and really interesting too.
This stunning villa in Granville, Normandy was Christian Dior's childhood home. It was built at the end of the 19th century and bought by Dior's parent in 1906 a year after he was born. the family lived there until 1911 until they moved to Paris but retained it as a holiday home. It now houses the Christian Dior Museum.
The memorial at Bayeux is engraved with the names of 1800 commonwealth land force men and women who have no known grave. They fell during the landings and the ensuing Battle of Normandy on 6 June 1944. An inscription in latin reads: We, once conquered by William, have now set free the Conqueror's native land.
The lighthouse at Pointe du Roc in Granville was built in 1826 at a cost of 39,000 francs. It survived the Second World War unscathed as it was painted green to camouflage it. Granite from the Chausey Isles was used in its construction. Although it is not possible to go inside, you do get great views of the surrounding area. Granville is 25 minutes from Gavray.
A seafood, shellfish and fish festival will take place in Granville this weekend. More than 60 exhibitors and 55,000 visitors will descend on the port this Saturday and Sunday. As well as being able to buy the products, there will also be tastings, cookery demonstrations and plenty of shellfish and seafood to eat. For more information, visit http://www.ville-granville.fr/toute_mer_sur_un_plateau_granville.asp
There's still time to catch the latest Christian Dior exhibition at the museum in Granville. It's a chance to see designs from the New Look revolution. Open every day until 1 November. For more details visit http://www.musee-dior-granville.com/
This weekend is the annual Heritage Days event (Journées européennes du patrimoine) throughout France. Almost 17000 architectural and environmental heritage sites will be open to the public free of charge. The abbey at Cerisy-la-Forêt in Normandy is just one of the sites participating in the event.
Post by Chris of Gavray Gites Photo credit "Cerisy-la-Forêt Abbaye et son étang" by Martpan – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons