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1066 and all this

How better to celebrate the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings than by travelling to Normandy? A kind invitation from our friends Jan and Nick gave us an excellent excuse to mark Duke William’s successful seizure of the English throne from the usurper Harold by spending a few days just down the coast from Barfleur, taking advantage of spring low tides to survey marine molluscs. 749 more words


Giverny October

Why would anyone go to Giverny at the end of October just before it closes for winter?  Because I made a list of places to search for the Soul of France (see Sept. 372 more words


Normandy Farm.

Last Fall, I spent some time in Normandy, France.  If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it.  Gorgeous and charming doesn’t really cover it, but it’s a good start.   242 more words

Marita Poll Images

Normandy Heights

I always think of cloisters as being buried low down and in the midst of the building, but the nature of Mont St Michel perched on an island and reaching up towards the sky, led to a break with that tradition.   64 more words

Skywatch Friday

The Storm

October 1992, all aboard! We were heading for Cherbourg to catch the St Killian II bound for Ireland. We checked the weather forecast on TV at lunchtime after the news, just before leaving; weather’s fine for sailing. 1,724 more words


Bunking Off (Reprise)

One last continental fling before the clocks change, a ride half done before daylight. Guiding the girl on her way to Paris from Oxford to the Avenue Verte by the lakes. 382 more words

Lion-sur-Mer, France — The Bolthole... a writer's scrapbook of "place."

The 35th entry into The Bolthole is here! (8 images today! Please click through to the post to enjoy them all. They are stunning!)

The “Blue Bedroom” for rent in an 1868 villa on the English Channel.

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