Lion-sur-Mer Things to Do
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I should not have been surprised to see that this town has a fossil museum - it is after all just across the Channel/Manche and more or less opposite our own Heritage Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
The fossils here date from just about the same period - Mezosoic.
This interest in Palaeontology dates from discoveries made as recently as the 1960s in the local cliffs -known as "Les Confessionaux" because of the small box-like openings in the cliff face caused by erosion which led people to compare then with the confssional boxes of a church.
The cliffs reminded me of the beautiful golden red cliffs at Burton Bradstock in Dorset which are of a similar crumbly content, though higher than these, and in the rain not as golden red.
This small museum is privately owned with very well put together displays in a manner similar to the one at Charmouth. Group and school visits and guided walks along the beach below the cliffs are arranged as well as occasional special events in the museum.
Not open on Tuesdays.
Opening times vary according to season - see website or ring to check for details. Always closed between 12 noon and 2pm.There is a small admission charge - 4 euros for adults.
Please note the 2nd photo is of the work of Susan Smith - metal thread hand stitched on golded paper(www.makersguildinwales.orguk)
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We took a short walk along the promenade just as the few families still on the beach were beginning to leave. I was surprised to see how close we were to the ferry port of Ouistreham (Caen).
It was to this spot we had brought our relative many years before so she could see the beach where her husband, then aged only 19, had landed in command of a landing craft.
Later as we took the road westwards out of town towards Luc-sur-Mer we spotted a World War11 tank and the Liberation Monument by which time it was raining - so only a borrowed photo courtesy of a tourist brochure.
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I picked up a slightly tattered leaflet at the back of the Church, apparently dropped by a previous visitor. It gave the background to the history of the Protestant movement in France from the 16th century.
Here in Lion sur Mer the chapel of the old Chateau had for many years provided a place of worship for Protestants but by the beginningof the 20thC. it had fallen into disuse and a new chapel was built in 1903.
This was used by the increasing numbers of summer visitors to the area until 1939 and the years of Occupation that followed.
After the Landings of 1944 some of the English soldiers used it for silent prayer.
The building was returned to the state in 1947 and again welcomed the summer visitors. Now it has been placed under the protection of The Reformed Church of Caen which, together with the Foundation Patrimonie are raising funds to restore and maintain the little chapel to ensure a continuing place of Protestant worship in the town and to preserve the building for future generations.
The chapel was not open for visitors on the day of our visit