Fresh croissants from the boulangerie!

One of the many foodie joys of being in France is popping down to my local boulangerie for a breakfast treat. The buttery, flaky pastry is just delicious. I prefer mine with marmalade but for a special treat I have confiture de lait which is a caramel spread. Yum! Shared by Chris of Gavray Gites. […]

Explore the medieval castle at Gratot in Normandy

The chateau at Gratot was built in the 14th century. it was abandoned in the early 20th century although a restoration project is currently underway. You can climb to the top of both of these towers although the worn stone steps are testament to the many people who have climbed them over the centuries. The […]

Mini golf in Normandy – fun for all the family

The mini golf at La Baleine in Normandy is a fun activity for all the family. This photo shows one of the more challenging holes on the course! There's also a crêperie onsite for some celebratory refreshments afterwards if you manage a hole in one. And for nature lovers, you can also visit the botanical […]

Villedieu-les-Poêles – the Normandy copper town

Villedieu is traditionally known as a hub of metalwork production, particularly copper, brass and pewter. The word poêles refers to the copper pans that the town is famous for and inhabitants are known as Sourdins derived from sourd (deaf). Villedieu hosts a number of museums and workshops as well as a bell foundry. You'll find […]

Fishing on Foot in Normandy

This weekend sees more exceptional high and low tides in Normandy. The high tides are spectacular to watch as they reach their peak. The low tides are the perfect opportunity for a spot of peche à pied, literally, fishing on foot. Armed with a bucket and various tools, locals descend to dig and rake for […]

Enjoy the Delights of Jersey or Guernsey

The new timetable for boats to Jersey or Guernsey is now available at www.manche-isles.com. Granville is the nearest departure point from Gavray. An adult return ticket costs from €42. Shared by Chris from Gavray Gites. #guernsey #jersey #channelislands #islandhopping Originally shared by +Manche Iles Express Granville Notre nouvelle brochure individuelle est désormais disponible ! Consultez […]

Patisserie Delights in Normandy

These cakes are a variation of the French dessert called croquembouche. The name comes from the French phrase croque en bouche which means something that crunches in the mouth. The dessert is made with choux buns piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. Traditionally they are served at weddings, baptisms and first […]

One of Normandy’s Oldest Public Gardens

The Jardin des Plantes in Coutances is one of Normandy's oldest public gardens. It was created between 1852 and 1855 and is nestled in the centre of the town. Each year there is a different theme to the planting which the industrious gardeners then implement. For 2014 the theme was 'creatures and insects' with displays […]

Searching for Treasure in Normandy this Weekend

'Vide greniers' (literally means empty lofts) are a very popular weekend activity in Normandy. A similar concept to a car boot sale, people clear out their unwanted belongings from lofts, barns and cupboards and find a new home for them. There are around a dozen vide greniers taking place this Sunday 11th April in department […]