The bicycle in the boulangerie

Yes, that really is a bicycle in the boulangerie's window. This boulangerie is in Gavray and, along with another fellow baker, they are promoting the Tour de France. Both boulangeries are selling galettes des rois which are puff pastry cakes eaten throughout January. Each cake has a ceramic surprise hidden in it and the person […]

First snow of the year in Normandy

Some parts of Normandy has their first flurry of snow this morning. This great picture courtesy of the Abbeys Normandes Facebook page shows the Abbaye Soligny-la-Trappe which can be found in the Orne region of Normandy. The abbey dates from the 12th century and was rebuilt in a neo Gothic style in the 19th century. […]

Following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Tomorrow (12 January) at 7pm you can follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror with a night-time visit to L'Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen, Normandy. The Men's Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery founded by William in 1063. After his death in 1087 in Rouen, the body of King William was sent to Caen […]

Celebration for Epiphany has a Tour de France theme

The traditional celebration of eating galette des rois at Epiphany has a Tour de France theme in some parts of Normandy. The galette (which means pancake) is a sweet flaky pastry cake flavoured with frangipane/almond paste. Each cake has a small charm hidden in it which is similar to the tradition of hiding coins in […]