The Abbey in Hambye

This photo of the abbey in Hambye is another favourite from my photo collection. I’ve chosen it for day 12 of the Normandy Advent Calendar. The abbey is a medieval Benedictine monastery that was founded in 1145. This photo is taken from the apse of the abbey church. You can see the flying butters structures […]

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 […]

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 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 – […]

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 […]