Etap Hotel Caen Gare
16 Place de la Gare, Caen, 14000, France
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St. Pierre in Caen - stained glass
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Edge of Matilda's Tomb
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In memory to all those fallen, without a name
Within the castle of Caen one monument did make me stand still for a while (these monuments always do that to me). It was the eternal flame on the grave of the unknown fallen soldier, that let's us never forget that some have the misfortune to fight and fall for a cause, without leaving a place of memory, but still baring a name.
Maisons des Quatrans
Spared during the bombing raids of 1944, this house bears the name of Quatrans family who were lawyers in royal service in Caen at the end of the 14th Century.
Thomas Quatrans, who fled before the English, on their seizing of the town in 1417, had his house confiscated ; it was given to an English knight and later rebuilt in the second half of the 15th Century.
As often in Caen, only the façade is built in timber, with little carved decoration, but it allows a large number of windows looking out onto the street.
The room that crowned the octogonal staircase at the back of the house was destroyed during the 1944 bombing.
"Une mois à Caen"
Five unforgettable weeks spent in this beautiful university town, set in a region so full of history and with so many impressions to sense.
I experienced the first early spring, long after schedule this year, from the first freezing mornings in early March I had the chance to watch everything coming slowly to life. Trees, flowers, gardens exploding into a wonderful world of colours and the promising odours of spring.