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    Musee Quesnel-Moriniére,Coutances

    by gwened Written Nov 22, 2014

    Now too bad no time to come in, but this is another jewel to be back into Coutances. I drive around here, and was onwards to pick up my boys at MSM so very little time as usual too many things to see here ::) photos will have to wait....

    Translating from the city of Coutances page on it
    The Quesnel Morinière Museum houses a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics, and regularly offers full creative exhibitions. Other animations are offered during the year: concerts, conferences...

    It occupies a former mansion from the 17C. In 1823, Jean-Jacques Quesnel, husband of Marie-Charlotte Christy la Morinière, acquired the hotel and its grounds (see the tip on the jardin des plantes). He bequeathed all in the town of Coutances in 1852 under condition of being public. The museum was created in 1868,but only open to the public since 1874.

    Open every day except Tuesday and Sunday mornings:
    -July-August: 10 h-12 h and 14 h - 18 h
    -September-June: 10 h-12 h and 14 h - 17 h
    admission Temporary exhibition: free
    -Permanent exhibition: €2.50 / free for under 18, students ,and Free entry Sunday afternoon
    location is at 2 rue Quesnel-Morinière
    just around the corner from the Cathedral and the jardin des plantes, cant missed it

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    Jardin des Plantes, Coutances

    by gwened Written Nov 22, 2014

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    This is a very nice garden practically at the foof to the Cathedral and the musée Quesnel-Morinière . Entrance is free, no dogs allowed even on a leash, and the hours are October to March from 9h – 17h, April to September from 9h – 20h,f and July -August from 9h – 23h30

    I passed by here and have some rememberance of it, so figure it is a nice place to visit.see some photos.

    The tourist office describes it as an older garden was already here in the 17C belonging to a lawyer of the king. In January 1852, it was inherited by a new owner on the condition that the park garden will become a municipal park
    It was renovated on the English style gardening, with italian terraces, small enclosed forest as the English ,labyrinths and water cannons. The obelisk was done in the center in memory of the former owner. Worked was done on the 3levels and done with in 1855 , and the garden become a precursor of the second empire gardens.

    the Diane statue by the lake the grotto fountain by the lake the canal and levy house at end
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    museum Christian Dior, Granville

    by gwened Written Nov 11, 2014

    about a museum from the famous fashion/perfumer Christian Dior, well here it is at Granville,his native town.

    It is at the house he was born known as Villa les Rhumbs, right over the cliffs,built end 19C, his parents buys the house in 1905. the house is known as les rhumbs signifying the marine term for the 32 divisions of the Wind rose that it is in one of the tiles at the entrance to the villa.

    While in 1932,shortly after the death of Madeleine Dior,mother, the father is in ruins due to the crisis at the time,house is sold to the city of Granville, the garden is open to the public in 1938. In 1997 the villa becomes the museum Christian Dior, a unique museum totally consacrated to the fashion maker.

    A selection of 40 models Haute Couture and ready-to-wear, fashion accessories, of personal objects, of family photographs and sketches is offered to public.

    nice indeed,different.

    it is located at 1 Rue d'Estouteville facing the sea almost near a park.
    from train station at Avenue de la Gare to left at chemin Moulin de Choisel , take slight right and continue on Chemin de Choisel ,take left to Avenue de la Libération, and right to Rue d'Estouteville.about 12 minutes walking

    arriving museum Christian Dior back les Rhumbs house of Christian Dior
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    église Saint Aubin, Houlgate

    by gwened Written Sep 7, 2014

    folks come here for the beach and even my kids came on school trips that we follow with family visits, the Church is a witness to co habitation between Catholics and Protestants as both services are done.
    It is located at 6 Rue de l'Abbé Bossard and corner with ave de la marne, taking rue Canet from the beach you come into Rue de l'Abbé Bossard ,continue and there is the church .

    It has a big organ, and many concerts are done here. One of the nicest things to see is a Portrait depicting a woman and her child clinging to the mast of a ship in the sea. The Virgin Mary and the child Jesus watching over these people. A marine anchor carved in the wall of the Church overcomes the work.

    Church Saint Aubin entrance side Church Saint Aubin back
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    Palais des Ducs, Alençon

    by gwened Written Sep 7, 2014

    not the best photos passing by there but a nice place to visit while in Alençon. The Palace of the Dukes is an impressive fortified castle right in city center.

    It is by 49 Rue du Château,not far from the city hall or city government building you can't missed it.

    The story goes that Pierre II, count of Alençon had it built between 1361 to 1404. Henri IV systematically practised a policy of dismantling of the fortresses which had relied, since the end of the middle ages, the power of the great feudal lords to retain independence as broad as possible against the growing influence of the royal power. Alençon did not escape the rule and the castle was demolished in 1592 with the exception of the Tower, destroyed in 1782, and the entrance to the main pavilion. What remains now is only a modest part of the fortified work covering all the current place Foch.

    Beginning of the reign of Louis XIV, who had removed the last guns, there were more than what we see today. From 1768 to 1776, the old fortress fulfilled the role of home for the beggars and homeless. In 1773, the King grants the castle to the city to transfer all of the jurisdictions that remain from 1779 to 1824. The building then became a house prison where, during the Nazi occupation, many Patriots are martyred by the Gestapo before delivery to the firing squads or deported to extermination camps. A plaque at the entrance recalls the sad memory. Today the castle belongs to the Ministry of Justice.

    The city has other interesting places and will come to that, nice passing by on my way to Paris.

    The palace of Dukes entrance look at the towers of Palace of Dukes
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    Parc Floral de Noe, Argentan

    by gwened Written Jul 24, 2014

    This is a nice garden and park in one of the nicest villages around at Argentan dept Orne no 61. you can even fish here! for a fee.

    The park is open April 1 to May 31 from 7h to 20h,June 1 to September 30 from 7h to 22h and from October 1 to March 31 from 8h to 18h free admission.

    And discover the wonderful garden of laces or Jardin des dentelles,just in front of the wonderful Maison des Dentelles.
    This laces of Argentan or point of France is done by needle since the 17C, and its creators were the suppliers to the courts of France and Spain. inside there is a small museum.

    see more here in French at the city mayor's office site
    http://www.argentan.fr/presentation_mdd.php
    see the pdf file inside.

    maison des dentellieres at Argentan parc floral
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    Church St Jacques, Lisieux

    by gwened Written Jun 18, 2014

    or St James in Lisieux a nice church to pass by not open to the public, at rue St Jacques
    Work begain in 1448 and ended in 1540, in a gothic style without transept.

    It is well place between the distances to visit the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and the Basilique Sainte-Thérèse. Today it is used for associations meetings, events in town.

    Church of St Jacques
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    Church Saint Germain, Flers

    by gwened Written May 23, 2014

    The Church Saint-Germain in the place du Marché of Flers has two tours adorn with arrows. Neo Gothic style inspired by Notre Dame de Paris. It was built in 1910. However, the towers were not finished that in 1935-1937.

    more on the department Orne no 61 on the Church
    http://www.normandy-tourism.co.uk/tourisme/patrimoine/flers_eglise-saint-germain_2__PCUNOR061V501ADM.htm

    I past by here often another Wonder of my France, in a small town. It sure does look like Notre Dame de Paris on a smaller scale!

    Church Saint Germain nave of Church St Germain
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    Church of Saint Nicolas, Barfleur

    by gwened Written May 18, 2014

    Another Church by the harbor link to the seafaring traditions of these coasts. In one of the most beautiful villages of France, Barfleur you have the Church of Saint Nicolas.

    Built on a rocky promontory in the center of a marine cemetery, stocky appearance, he took 223 years to build it, from the 17C to the 19C, all is balanced, classic style.

    External
    -The Bell Tower without arrow (it was removed in 1767 because of weather) at the Summit closed with a platform with a railing.
    -the estate of roofs in shale with break of slope and direction
    -the chapel of octagonal dome axis
    -the row of the foothills, the portal to the sacristy

    inside
    -the nave of the 19C has 3 arcades opening onto the aisles, the bancellerie is imitated banks from farm to folders, carved oak Chair dates from the 18C, the tribune is 19C
    -style classical and choir from 17C is made up of 5 arches, 2 large and 3 small
    -the transept: fonts font and pascal chandellier are 18C, the Virgin of the; mercy exposed on a pedestal of masonry is an imposing work of 16C in oak.
    --A Visitation of the Flemish School of the 16C, is classified historical monument, gorgeous canvas to see

    indeed

    Church of Saint Nicolas and mem to the fallen back church St Nicolas church St Nicolas at harbor and Cross
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    Church of St Generi le Gerei

    by gwened Written May 18, 2014

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    passing on the beautiful basse normandie of my France. This is one of the most beautiful towns of France or les plus beaux villages de France designation.

    There is a legend that under king Charles III le Simple , the Normands attacks often and the church on a hill surrounded by bees in a hole in the wall, and they attack the soldiers that ended by jumpingout into the river Sarthe. There is a plaque there remembering this event, with a writings saying « Les abeilles continuent à protéger l'église » or the " BEES CONTINUES TO PROTECT THE CHURCH".

    in 903 ad, THE Normands burned the abbey and during many years there was no Church here. It is in 1089ad that the construction of a new Church begans and it is finished in 1125. Inside, you have different of construction between the walls of the nave and those of the choir recovered with mural paintings from the 14C and 15C but we can think the oldest goes back to the 12C. The frescos discovered in 1650 Under a band of plaster and chalk were put back in view in 1856.

    nice in real country Normand.

    Church Saint Ceneri le Gerei inside nave of Church St C��neri le Gerei virgin of notre dame and child
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    Church Notre Dame de Viré

    by gwened Written May 6, 2014

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    a nice church in a nice town, passing by and got a photo from the vaults. Don't recall going in, but its in city center ,nice to stop by if in town.

    A bit of history I like,
    Until the 12C, the parishioners of Vire were worshipped in a Dungeon, the Saint-Blaise chapel which proved too cramped to the growth of the city, is replaced by a Gothic Chapel, external to the enclosure of the chateau around 1150.
    This Chapel remains the west wall, surrounding the inner part of the portal, including the two pillars and their capitals romans. Built from the vicinity of 1230, on the foundations of this Chapel, in primitive Gothic style, a new Church is dedicated to our Lady (Notre Dame) on July 20 1272.
    It is expanded in different styles until the 16C: elevation of the flamboyant Gothic choir which the supervisor would be that of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. It had to be restored in 1948 after the bombing of June 6, 1944.

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    Porte d'Horloge, Viré

    by gwened Written May 6, 2014

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    33 meters high and the entrance to the town today, wonderful place to be and walk around. Some history of it I like

    The clock gate or porte d'horloge was the main gate entrance to the city in the middle ages, when it was fortified. The fortification of Vire was strengthened under Guillaume Ier the conqueror. A castle in double-wall and Tower, which remain only ruins of the donjon, was built by Henri Ier Beauclerc. First the porte Gastinel was a simple door with the same use of the porte Saint-Jean, more to the west,and the porte Saint-Sauveur, more to the south. The Porte d'Horloge or clock gatte was built in the 13C and it was flanks by two other towers and a vault linking them. the rue Saulnerie used to past underneath and now it is on the other side and pedestrian. In around 1480 ,it was raised another level and became a belltower. It was then added a clock and a bell. The clock was installed in 1499. Two other clocks sounding every quarter hour were added in the 19C. You have a very nice panoramic view from the top into the fields beyond the town. at the very top of the tower you have a statue of a Virgin in a niche. The inscription reads « Marie protège la ville » or Mary protect the town.

    Viré suffers greatly in WWII as the city was destroyed 95% - caused by the bombing of June 1944. The major damage concern the Coronations of the two towers and roofs in pepper shakers should be fully restored by the work of the Reconstruction. The Bell of 1499 is destroyed and the clock already replaced in the 19C. A memorial dedicated to the victims of the bombing of June 6, 1944 is installed on the ground floor of the South Tower. It was inaugurated on 6 June 1960.

    porte d'horloge front ,Vir�� side of porte d'horloge
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    Church of St Gatien des Bois

    by gwened Written May 23, 2013

    This is a picturesque town and an imposing church

    It was built as a Latin Cross going back to the 15C and 16C while the choir was done in the 18C.

    The imposing facade is held by six walls and the prinicipal door is surrounded by moldings en prisme. Large windows where the top is in bricks. Inside, you have a high ceiling from the 16C, an armoire in wood, decorated with pendants that makes it like there is a curve in the vaultsceilings
    The stained glass in the choir dates from the 19C and those in the nave from 1950's. The statue of the Virgin and the Enfant in stone dates from the 16C and has other statues from the 18-19C such as Saint Gilles, Saint Sébastien, a bishop and a Christ in wood.
    It has 3 bells weighting each 1100 kg, 770 kg and 550 kgs.
    The clock on the tower was done in 1978. You can see in the choir a banner from the Brothers of Charity, an ancestral custome from the region.

    Church of St Gatien des Bois
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    inner towns of Normandy, Domfront, Trinchebray etc

    by gwened Written Aug 21, 2012

    well nice deep Normandy area its unique and good you get out to see different Normandy than the usual places. I am talking about Trinchebray.

    Of course,Normandy is quite large and one week will go quick, so you already have ideas in mind about Bayeux and Caen, wonderful places. Giverny is nice if only for Monet's house and garden. Rouen is wonderful; then Vitré is famous for its sausages, Villedieu-les-Pôeles is famous for its copper pans been doing it for centuries and very nice quaint town.
    Domfront does the camembert cheese of Normandy best,and one of its five flower rank cities with flower beauties. Close to you, here is the webpage
    http://www.domfront.com/

    Here is the site for the flower towns of France.
    www.villes-et-villages-fleuris.com/
    I think that with your time the above will do to really get the most of it. You will be back ....

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  • As if you were Sleeping Beauty...

    by Lavenderdream Written Apr 21, 2009

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    We experienced an impressive night at this thousand-year old castle in Calombieres, a quiet, lovely little town about 15 miles in the west of Bayaux. Apart from its history from William the Conqueror to WW II, the charming chateau shows the harmony of fortified XII century massive, round towers and elegant XVIII century living rooms.
    We arrived rather late in the evening but the owners, Mme. Claire and M. Charles de Maupeou welcomed us with warmest hospitality of French noble family that refreshed us from a tiring day trip.

    Special tips: the home-made french bun "brioche" with hot chocolate that is served at the hearty breakfast is marvellous. In our opinion, it deservs a michilin star!

    Towers at Chateau de Colombieres, Normandie Front yard of Chateau de Colombieres Guard tower of Chateau de Colombieres Blooming beauty at Chateau de Colombieres
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