Theme Week Normandy – Honfleur

26 July 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© flickr.com - Yves Remedios/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Yves Remedios/cc-by-2.0

Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department in northwestern France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from Le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. Its inhabitants are called Honfleurais.   read more…

Theme Week Normandy – The seaside resort Étretat

25 July 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© M. Pfeiffer/cc-by-3.0

© M. Pfeiffer/cc-by-3.0

Étretat is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region. It is a tourist and farming town situated about 32 km (20 mi) northeast of Le Havre. It’s located on the coast of the Pays de Caux area. Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed “needle”. These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently in the 1909 Arsène Lupin novel The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc. Two of the three famous arches are seen from the town, the Porte d’Aval, and the Porte d’Amont. The Manneporte is the third and the biggest one, and cannot be seen from the town.   read more…

Theme Week Normandy – Lisieux

24 July 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Basilique de Sainte-Thérèse © Renegade

Basilique de Sainte-Thérèse © Renegade

Lisieux is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region. It is the capital of the Pays d’Auge area, which is characterised by valleys and Normandy’s typical hedged farmland, where there is a mix of livestock farming (mostly milk cows) and cider apple cultivation (from which Cider and Calvados are made, not forgetting Pommeau). Lisieux is situated on the confluence of the river Touques and many of its tributaries: the rivers Orbiquet, Cirieux and Graindain.   read more…

Theme Week Normandy – Bayeux

23 July 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Anton Bielousov/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bayeux is a commune in the Calvados department. Bayeux is a sub-prefecture of Calvados. It is the seat of the arrondissement of Bayeux and of the canton of Bayeux. The River Aure flows through Bayeux, offering panoramic views from a number of locations. The Jardin botanique de Bayeux is a botanical garden dating from 1864.   read more…

Theme Week Normandy – Saint-Clair-sur-Epte

22 July 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© P.poschadel/cc-by-sa-3.0

© P.poschadel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saint-Clair-sur-Epte is a commune in the Val-d’Oise department in the Île-de-France region, about 75 km north-west of Paris. Henry I of England seized the castle of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte in 1118.   read more…

Theme Week Normandy

21 July 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Deauville © Viault/cc-by-sa-3.0

Deauville © Viault/cc-by-sa-3.0

Normandy is a geographical region of France corresponding to the former Duchy of Normandy. The continental territory covers 30,627 km² and forms the preponderant part of Normandy and roughly 5% of the territory of France. It is divided for administrative purposes into two regions: Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy. The population of Normandy is around 3.45 million. The continental population of 3.26 million accounts for 5.5% of the population of France. The Channel Islands (referred to as Îles Anglo-Normandes in French) are historically part of Normandy. The principal cities are Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy and formerly of the whole province; Caen, the capital of Lower Normandy; Le Havre; and Cherbourg. The historical Duchy of Normandy was a formerly independent duchy occupying the lower Seine area, the Pays de Caux and the region to the west through the Pays d’Auge as far as the Cotentin Peninsula. The region is bordered along the northern coasts by the English Channel. There are granite cliffs in the west and limestone cliffs in the east. There are also long stretches of beach in the centre of the region.   read more…

Rouen, city of art and history

9 November 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

City Hall and Church of St. Ouen © Tango7174

City Hall and Church of St. Ouen © Tango7174

Rouen in northern France on the River Seine, is the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) region and the historic capital city of Normandy. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, it was the seat of the Exchequer of Normandy in the Middle Ages. It was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of modern France from the 11th to the 15th centuries. It was here that Joan of Arc was executed in 1431. People from Rouen are called Rouennais.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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Saint Michael’s Mount in France

3 February 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Museums, Exhibitions, Sustainability, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

© Benh LIEU SONG

© Benh LIEU SONG

Mont Saint-Michel (English: Saint Michael’s Mount) is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre (just over half a mile) off the country’s north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island is 41.   read more…

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