Coutance’s Public Garden

Day 22 of the Normandy Advent Calendar looks at Coutance’s public garden. The photo shows one of the feature flower beds in 2016. La Manche region hosted the first three stages of the Tour de France. The first day of the tour started at Mont-Saint-Michel and ended in Paris some three weeks later. There were […]

Normandy High Tides

The Normandy high tides feature on day 21 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. There’s a road under all that water! The photo is taken at Le Havre de la Vanlée in Bricqueville-sur-Mer in Normandy. Watching the tide come in here is interesting as the road floods completely cutting the village off from the coast. The […]

Longues sur Mer Abbey in Normandy

Introduction In the quiet village of Longues sur Mer is a beautiful Benedictine abbey dating from the 12th century. The Abbaye de Longues or Abbaye Saint-Marie is nestled on the road leading to Bayeux. Although it’s not far from the Omaha and Gold D-Day landing beaches it wasn’t bombed during the Battle of Normandy. It […]

The Abbey Near Gavray

Hambye Abbey is a delightful 12th century abbey just a few minutes drive from Hambye in Normandy. It was once a thriving monastery but fell into decline with the last monks leaving shortly before the French revolution. It’s set in a valley in a calm and tranquil site of natural beauty. Despite being quarried, the […]

My Top 10 Abbeys and Castles in Normandy

These are just some of the abbeys and castles in Normandy I’ve visited. They’re all located in La Manche region of Normandy. I’ve chosen five abbeys and five châteaux and they’re all equally impressive. Abbeys Mont St Michel is on most of my guests’ to-do lists while they are here. This iconic abbey is perched […]

Hambye Abbey

Hambye Abbey is a delightful 12th century abbey just a few minutes drive from Hambye in Normandy. It was once a thriving monastery but fell into decline with the last monks leaving shortly before the French revolution. It’s set in a valley in a calm and tranquil site of natural beauty. Despite being quarried, the […]

Normandy’s Most Popular Visitor Attraction

A waiting list of almost 790 years for a facelift costing over 2.6 million euros … Was it worth the wait and the price tag? Absolutely! The cloister at Mont St Michel in Normandy was completed in 1228 and a year-long renovation project throughout 2017 has just ended. The photos in the link below show […]

Lucerne abbey, Normandy

Day 21, Normandy Advent Calendar. Lucerne Abbey, near Granville in Normandy, is a Premonstratensian monastery founded in 1143. During the French Revolution it was reclaimed by the State with the buildings being used as a cotton mill and also as a source of stone. It is set in a valley with extensive grounds. Restoration started […]

The abbey church in Lessay, Normandy

The church on the left hand side of the photograph is part of the Benedictine abbey founded in 1056. It was almost entirely destroyed twice – once in 1356 and again in 1944. Although the bombings that Normandy endured in 1944 caused some of the damage, explosives planted by German troops caused the majority of […]