La Pointe du Hoc – A D-Day Sacrifice

La Pointe du Hoc is a headland in Saint-Pierre-du-Mont in the Calvados region of Normandy. It’s set between Omaha and Utah beaches and was a German fortified stronghold protecting 6 artillery guns (155mm) during WW2. Men from the United States 2nd Ranger Battalion were tasked with scaling the 100ft cliffs, disarming the guns and advancing […]

Lace Making and Metalwork Crafts in Normandy

Lace making and metalwork are just two of the crafts that were once practised in Villedieu-les-Poêles in Normandy. The town is most famous for copper and a number of shops today sell a wide range of copper items. Brass and pewter were also worked here while pot makers, tanners, coppersmiths, salt merchants, lace makers, spinners, […]

Coutances’ Dahlia Festival

Coutances’ Dahlia Festival starts on Saturday 1st September and is on for the whole month. This is the 23rd time that the Normandy festival has been celebrated. It takes place in the agricultural college (the lycée agricole) where students wanting an agricultural or horticultural profession study. Throughout the year the college also runs a garden centre […]

What To Do in La Manche, Normandy

This is a holiday owners dream – a fantastic review full of ideas of what to do in La Manche region of Normandy. This family spent two weeks exploring the area every day both nearby and further afield. Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, Bayeux, Omaha Beach and Mont St Michel were some of their […]

Coutances Gardens – An Oasis Of Calm

Across the square in Coutances from the cathedral are the fabulous Coutances gardens. They are known as Le Jardin des Plantes and are open all year round albeit with shorter hours in the winter.  They’re one of Normandy’s oldest public gardens and have a mix of English and French styles. Every year a theme is […]

Coutances Maze – It’s Amazing!

If you’re looking for some family fun, then the Coutances maze is open every day until 1st September. You can find it between Coutances and Gratot  on the D57 and it is well signposted as ’Labyrinthe de Coutances’. It is close to the déchetterie (recycling centre) for Gratot which is also signposted. The maze is […]

Discover La Manche Region of Normandy

The tourist offices here in La Manche region of Normandy produce a range of leaflets and booklets to help promote the area. They also have websites and social media presences but leaflets seem to be very popular with visitors. I’ve been really impressed with what the local offices have produced this year. It’s been a […]

Saint-Malo – A Day Trip from Normandy

Although Saint-Malo is in Brittany, it’s very accessible from the southern Manche in Normandy. I have guests who go for a day trip as it’s less than 90 minutes drive. Highlights include the Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan – a 14th-century building that houses a collection tracing the history of voyages around Cape Horn, the Great […]

Normandy Free Music Concert

Head over to Nicorps this evening for a free music concert. The concert is part of a series of events called Zic sur le Zinc (literally music on the bar). Bars and restaurants in and around Coutances host an event and there’s one each Thursday evening during the summer months. The concerts start at 7.30pm […]