Douvres-la-Délivrande Things to Do
This is the nicest shop in Douvres and its Art Nouveau style is quite different! The dorway in particular is impressive.
Have a look inside if you can to admire the gallery, the chimney and the original flooring.Related to:
A very short distance from the Basilica is the Convent of Our Lady of Fidelity, originally known as Virgo Fideles .
The chapel of the chancel is known as the Lalique Chapel because of its three windows made by the great artist in glass. The windows here also use chrome.
There is nothing outside the Convent entrance to indicate that visitors are accepted - just a notice pointing to the Reception/Accueil.
We had called at what seemed an inconvenient time, possibly to do with preparations for an exhibition of the work of Henri Guerin due to open a couple of days laterbut we were leaving the district that day.So we did not linger or take photographs. If I had the chance to visit again I think it might be better to make an appointment.
Guerin was one of the foremost artists working in France and is famous for his stained glass. He died suddenly in December 2009.
This exhbition will run until 10th Jan. 2011.%c
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This neo gothic church is of comparativly recent origin (1854 - 1878)
Amongst its oldest treasures are the two 12th Century statues recovered from the romanesque chapel that preceded it.
At the time of our visit the bright sunlight on the stained windows suffused the interior,creating unusually mystic effects- particularly on the two statues mentioned above, in the nave and on the altar.
The external decoration of the church, particularly the panels above the doors are interesting - showing the procession of thanksgiving for the sudden ending of the cholera epidemic of 1832.Others depict the pagan rituals practised before the arrival of Christanity.
We spotted this little restaurant as we looked for somewhere to park. It seemed to be a very popular place for lunch and all the outside tables were full - it was 17 September but a very warm, sunny day.
So we drove out to the Radar Museum only to find it closed due to "exceptional circumstances" but reopening at 2pm.
We had sandwiches in the car so did not go hungry but nobody came to reopen the ticket office, so visited the Basilica and decided to try the Museum and the Pressoir the following morning.
The restaurant was again busy even though the special menu du jour is not offered on Saturday. It looks recently decorated and the simple interior was clean and attractive.
We ordered an omelette paysan which was excellent and came with a little salad and too many frites. With a glass of cider and coffee the bill came to about 26 euros 70 for two, servis compris. Very reasonable thes days.
We handed the waitress /?owner, 30 euros in two notes which she took inside to, we thought, get change.
But she disappeared until the next customers arrived when she reappeared to serve them, ignoring us as she passed our table.
By now more people were standing around hoping to get our table so decided not to make a fuss over 3 euros 30 and left.
But the assumption that the waitress/?owner could help herself to our change left a nasty taste after an otherwise pleasant lunchtime stop.