An omnipresent sight in France, from the smallest village to the largest cities : Monuments aux Morts – literally monuments to the dead. Monuments aux Morts are war memorials which were built to commemorate the 1,327,000 men that France had lost during World War I. In the aftermath of what had proved to be such […]
A visit to the Graindorge factory to discover how Livarot and Pont-l’Évêque cheese are made. On the way out, you can even try them. I warmly recommend the blue Livarot, made from Raw Milk, softer, sweeter and very hard to find in shops !
The countryside where I grew up.
The Château de Falaise is a castle located in the south of the commune of Falaise (“cliff” in French) in the Calvados département of Normandy, France. William the Conqueror, the son of Duke Robert of Normandy, was born at the castle in about 1028. William went on to conquer England and become king and possession […]
Fishing boats going out to sea in Port en Bessin.
A cute allegory to Hollande’s election catchphrase : Le changement c’est maintenant !
Those clouds look like a Phoenix, don’t they ?
A Citroën Traction Avant in mint condition ! The Traction Avant, French for “front wheel drive”, was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933 / early 1934. While not the first production front wheel drive car – Alvis built the 1928 FWD in the UK, Cord produced the L29 from 1929 to […]
From an abandoned movie theater in Normandy.
Back in France for a while with more pictures from our summer vacation. This is Étretat, in Normandy. 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 […]
Another visit to Honfleur, so naturally, a nice lunch at Sa Qua Na :) PS : still have quite a few pictures left from our summer holiday in France, please bear with me…
Remember the Escargots Farm we visited in Normandy ? Well, they were naturally selling their production so we bought some… and… my oh my they were so good ! Look at my daughter : eating them religiously ! She still talks about them :D
Long exposure shots at dusk in the middle of corn fields, deep in the Norman countryside. Quite happy with the results, would have liked to take more but there were too many strange sounds around me. Yes, the countryside is a lot noisier at night than during the day. A large animal (boar?) was running […]
Found this during our vacation in France. Was quite disappointed : weak taste, too sweet.
Normandy is also known for breeding horses, one of its most famous example being the Haras national du Pin, the “Versailles for Horses”.
Not a trip to Normandy without visiting its most famous landmark. As always, a plethora of Japanese tourists !
La Mère Poulard is a famous restaurant and hotel on Mont Saint-Michel. The restaurant dates back to 1879, and is known for their special omelettes and wall of autographs from over a century of famous diners who ate it. Personally I don’t like the omelette that much : too sweet for my taste. But not […]
The Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Second World War cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France, located in Bayeux, Normandy. The cemetery contains 4,648 burials, mostly of the Invasion of Normandy.
Warms colours in the evening sky during Summer in Normandy !
Unlike in Japan, a leisurely stroll is always possible in a nearby forest in France.
Some countryside training for city girl ! :)
One of my pastime during holiday : find the best spot to capture a nice sunset. The problem is – well at least for me it was – how ridiculously late the sun sets in Europe due to a discrepancy between noon and solar noon (roughly two hours in summer). It makes it tough for […]
Some more sights from the countryside in Normandy : golden wheat crops.
Roaming the countryside in search of photogenic scenes…
69 years ago: D-Day. The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea and air elements with over 160,000 soldiers landing on 6 June 1944. The invasion fleet involved 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel and was drawn from eight different navies, comprising 6,939 vessels: 1,213 warships, […]
If only the whole airport and its surrounding were as nice as this new terminal…
This is where I grew up. I miss the dance of the thick white clouds against the summer sky ! If French people travelled a bit more, they would realise how lucky they are and perhaps stop complaining…
Honfleur is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement. The Sainte-Catherine church, which has […]
La Cambe is a military war grave cemetery, located close to Bayeux, France. Presently containing in excess of 21,000 German military personnel of World War II. La Cambe was originally the site of a battlefield cemetery, established by the United States Army Graves Registration Service during the war, where American and German soldiers, sailors and […]
Le Musée de la Mine du Molay-Littry, Normandie, France. L’histoire de la mine de Littry débute au XVIIIe Siècle, après la découverte en 1741 d’un affleurement de charbon à l’emplacement du bourg de la Mine. En 1747, naquit la Compagnie des Mines de Littry. A son apogée vers 1840, la mine comptait près de 950 […]