In these old walled Towns, I really enjoy just taking my time, walking around admiring the old architecture.
Falaise is a nice Town to walk around, and I found plenty of photo opportunities.
The day we were there, there must have been something on at the Castle. The streets were packed with spectator's, with Bands and people dressed in medieval costumes streaming out of the Castle.
What ever it was, the whole town came out for the day! I just wished we had known!
William the Conqueror was born to Robert the Magnificent, [The Duke of Normandy]. His mother was a Tanner's daughter, who became Robert's Mistress. She lived in the Castle, and gave birth to William.
Falaise Castle [Chateau Guillaume-Le-Conquerant] was once a huge collection of buildings resembling a small town. It has now been restored. The long defensive walls and Towers, the Talbot Tower built in 1207, the lower Keep in 1150 and the Great Square Keep built in 1123 by Henry, William’s son are still here. The Castle went through good and bad times, especially in 1944 when quite a bit of the Castle and the Town of Falaise were destroyed.
It doesn't have a lot of furniture, but does have some exhibitions, and a must is to go up the Tower for excellent 360 degree views.
There is a garden growing, just like it would have been when William lived here.
On entry,we were offered headphones included in the admission price
OPEN FROM.... February to December (except December 25th and January 1st) daily 10am-6pm
July and August daily 10am-7pm
Guided tours (free) Weekends and holidays English 11:30am; French 3:30pm
July and August: Daily English 11:30am anmd 3:30pm; French 10am and 2pm
ADMISSION IN 2011......Adult 7.50 euros; children 6-16 years 3.50 euros
Family pass (2 adults and child between 6 and 16 years) 18 euros
Located outside Falaise Castle entrance is a very impressive statue of Wiiliam the Conqueror surrounded by the six earlier Dukes of Normandy.
It was sculpted by Louis Rochet (1818-1873), and built in 1851.
rue des Freres Michaut, FALAISE, France, 14700, FR
Good for: Solo
Chateau Du Tertre, Saint Martin de Mieux, Falaise, 14700, France
Good for: Families
Route de La Hoguette, Falaise, 14700, France
It was quiet and charming. The decor was lovely (see photo) and the manager was very nice. It looks much nicer inside than from the outside.
I didn't particularly care for our waiter. He seemed a bit arrogant, and I'm not used to that in France. It's the very first time we've ever run into that problem. This was pretty much a simple local restaurant in a moderate price range, an odd place for an arrogant waiter. Perhaps he had just had a bad day!
The manager, on the other hand, was lovely. No one seemed to speak English but the menu was self explanatory so it wasn't a problem.
Favorite Dish: We had a starter of cold shrimp soup. My husband got the trout and had tergoule (spiced rice pudding) for dessert. He also got the trou Normande (Calvados) between courses. I had the duck and a baba au chocolate for dessert. Both were very good.
They brought a tiny tray of candies with the coffee. That was fun.
It was good food and a pleasant break from a busy day.
Pont D'Ouilly is a lovely small town 18kms from Falaise. We stopped here on our way from Falaise to Flers.
It is located on the ever so pretty River Orne. There is a barrage, and in this area, people were fishing. There were a lot of kayakers in the calm water. A nice, arched bridge crossed the river. Alongsided the River is well kept gardens & lawn, and it was here I walked the pathway for quite a way. What a pleasant spot!
Just a short way from town, is the Chapel St. Roch. I missed seeing this as we were looking in the town, but it is a short distance outside on the D1 at Les Hogues. I am very sorry I missed it!