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Well, the men I am talking about are wooden, and they are in all sorts of situations in the town of Cambremer. I saw one that looked like he was advertising the Tithe Barn. Then, later on my walk, I found another and another, so if you are going for a walk, have a look out for these "funny little men!"
They keep on reminding me of "Bill & Ben the flowerpot men!"
Written Aug 27, 2011
Located in the main street is the 12th century St. Laurent Church. The door was open, so inside for a look I went. It was fairly plain but for the beautiful, stained glass windows, I really liked these. Worth having a look at.
Updated Aug 27, 2011
Address: Main street, Cambremer
It is not unusual to find that locations as picturesque as Cambremer attract many painters, potters,glassmakers, wood workers and other craftsmen and women.
There are a number of galleries and shops in the high street where their works are on sale and frequent exhibitions in the Tithe Barn - Grange aux Dîmes.
But look out for a very busy little fella - he may have a paint brush in hand, giving directions or winding the church clock. He is up to everything - a man of many talents.
With the good sense to wear a hat on a very hot day too!
Updated Oct 6, 2010
Address: About town
Behind the Church there is a recently, beautifully restored Tithe Barn. A good bit smaller than the one in my home town in Abergavenny but probably from the same period and similar in design.
Unfortunately it was closed when we were there - preparing for the big exhibition due to open 2 days after - on the theme " Cambremer Raconte son Histoire" in which there was to be a lecture on Rollon the Viking founder of Normandy, as well as featuring some more recent local history.
It is a fine and attractive building which serves as a community hall and exhibition space. Art exhibitions take place frequently here and it provides the many local artists and craft workers with an excellent showcase.
Written Oct 6, 2010
I thought this Church quite lovely in its simplicity and relatively unadorned decor.
While we were there several people came and went - to say a prayer, light a candle, bring flowers.
We were struck by the very simple memorial that commemorates Mr. Le Chanoine M.H. Lanier (1906 - 1952) He was the senior priest of the church.
He was apparently deported and incarcerated in Dachau.
The picture below the inscription on the wall of the nave shows a physicaly weak and wasted man on his release from the camp.
He served the Parish then until his early death in 1952.
There was no information about what led to his incarceration. One surmises activity in the Resistance.
He must have been a man of some courage and distinction as he was a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur - the memory created a poignant moment in this peaceful setting.
Updated Oct 6, 2010
This could be the place where we might have had the best meal of our holiday.
It was highly recommended by previous guests of our holiday home and on several websites.
We tried more than once to make a reservation for dinner by telephone but received no answer.
The website invited contact by email for reservations - but no reply to our request was received.
So we did not discover if it lived up to the glowing reports we had read.
Although unimpressed by the lack of response I would try to eat there - if ever in the area again.
Updated Oct 8, 2010
Address: Place de L'Eglise
Phone: 02 31 32 03 20
This was not our first choice of restaurant but after seeing how busy the most highly rated restaurant in the village was, and what a heavy sounding lunch time menu it offered, we looked for something more modest.
It was a very hot day and the cool interior was perfect.
I noticed a single resident being shown to a specially prepared table in a shaded part of the small garden at the rear.
Once again we were the only "foreigners" and were served promptly and pleasantly by Pauline whose husband Julien takes care of the kitchen.
The 12 euro 2-course menu was very good value and my fish was good. A fairly simple meal but for " light lunchers" like us just right.
Written Oct 6, 2010
Phone: 02 31 63 82 21