Normandy Humour For Foodies

This cartoon gives an insight into Normandy humour. Moules-frites is a dish of mussels and French fries and originates in Belgium. However, in Normandy, they’re very popular and you’ll find them on the menu in most restaurants and bistros during the summer months. In Normandy, they’re sometimes cooked with cream to give a sauce perfect […]

D-Day Commemorations in Normandy

D-Day is being commemorated in Normandy from 26 May until 10th June. The D-Day Festival is hosting a range of varied events around the landing beaches area. This year is the 12th edition of the event and marks the 74th anniversary of D-Day. In addition to the 2nd edition of the International WW2 film festival, […]

A Recommended Day Trip in Coutances

The beautiful town of Coutances in Normandy is perfect for a day of exploring. The Tourist Office have recently published this guide to the town. Although, it’s in French, there’s a map of the towns showing the highlights. I visited Coutances late yesterday afternoon and took these photos in the Normandy sunshine. The public garden […]

Me And My Camera in Regnéville

Regnéville is a delightful Normandy village and an important port dating from the 11th century. It sits at the mouth of the river Sienne and looks out onto a natural harbour surrounded by marshland. The first settlers in the village were Vikings who arrived by boat. The harbour enabled goods to be transported into the […]

What’s Normandy’s Most Popular Cheese?

The Fromagerie Val-de-Sienne (cheese factory) produces Gavray camembert – just a few minutes away from where I live in Normandy. Camembert is Normandy’s most popular cheese. Gavray camembert has been made here for 30 years and supplies local outlets. Not all supermarkets sell it but delicatessens and local markets certainly do. The cheese is made […]

Hambye Abbey

Hambye Abbey is a delightful 12th century abbey just a few minutes drive from Hambye in Normandy. It was once a thriving monastery but fell into decline with the last monks leaving shortly before the French revolution. It’s set in a valley in a calm and tranquil site of natural beauty. Despite being quarried, the […]

Where To Listen To Jazz In Normandy

If you’re looking for summer concerts featuring jazz in Normandy, here are three to whet your appetite. First up is Jazz Sous Les Pommiers (Jazz Under the Appletrees) which takes place from 5 – 12 May in Coutances. This is the 37th edition of the festival so very well established. Free shuttle buses are being provided […]