The Ultimate Hiking Guide In and Around Coutances

If you’re a hiker or walker, I’ve just found the perfect guide for you. Coutances Tourism have just produced a fantastic range of information leaflets for walkers and hikers that will really help you to discover the Normandy countryside. It really is the ultimate hiking guide in and around Coutances.  There are 22 A4 tri-fold […]

A Little Bit Of History Near Gavray

There’s something quite mysterious about a ruined church that I find intriguing. The first mystery was that I didn’t know exactly where this church was other than the Normandy commune it was in. I came across a picture of it on the internet and wanted to know more. I searched for Saint-Martin Le Vieux on […]

A Meal Without Cheese Is Like A Day Without Sun …

… according to the French saying (un repas sans fromage c’est comme une journée sans soleil).  Which highlights perfectly the importance of cheese in France. There are over 400 varieties of cheese in France and each region has its own specialities. In Normandy there are 4 regional cheeses – Camembert, Livarot, Neufchâtel, and Pont-l’Évêque. The heart-shaped […]

Take A Guided Tour of Bayeux Cathedral

The cathedral at Bayeux is simply stunning. If you want to take  a tour you can join a paid visit via the tourist office, wander round for free on your own or purchase an information guide from the tourist office. Information about the tours are available here The information guide is by François Neveux and […]

Normandy in Black and White

Sometimes you have to stop the clock. And listen to your heart or your head. Take some time out and get a different perspective. That’s exactly what I did today despite having a to-do list that’s longer than it should be. This morning was a little misty but the forecast was for some sunny spells […]

Normandy Food Specialities

Normandy isn’t only known for camembert and cider – there are plenty of other food and drink specialities. The lush farmlands on which the cows graze produce a deliciously creamy milk which is used to make confiture de lait. It’s a thick, sweet caramel sauce which can be spread onto bread or used as a […]

Where To Stay In Normandy – A Guest Review

The gite has been open almost two years and this is the comment from my first guests. A lovely family with 3 children, they went out and about exploring each day before heading back to the gite.  Top of their list was a visit to Mont St Michel which the kids loved. History and heritage […]

Cycling Along the Headlands of La Sienne

Cycling arounds the headlands of La Sienne river affords wonderful views of the Normandy countryside. This 20km circular route starts in Regnéville-sur-Mer with views towards the remains of the bridge at Pont de la Roque, the nearby lime kilns, the lighthouse at Pointe d’Agon and the ruined chateau.  You’ll also pass through small villages typical […]

What’s On – A Murder Mystery Evening In Normandy

Murder and mystery are coming to Normandy later this month. The evening will be hosted in the copper town of Villedieu-les-Poêles on Saturday 20 January. You’ll have the opportunity to meet French thriller writer Sire Cédric as well as questioning witnesses, solving riddles and arresting the killer. For more information about this free event, visit […]

Why I Became A Holiday Home Owner – My Story

I love this picture – it represents so much about me and why I am a holiday home/vacation rental owner. The little girl in the blue swimming costume is me! My dad, brother and mum are also in the photo and we’re on holiday in Portugal in the late 1960s. My dad worked at a […]