The Benedictine Abbey of Jumièges is quite a spectacular sight, with the white stone of the ruins standing out amongst the surrounding green trees.The Abbey was founded in 654 and has gone through many modifications and reconstructions since then. Although in a state of ruin these days, it has been conserved to a high standard and feels a magical...more
The Abbey was founded in 634 by St. Philibert. It has been destroyed a couple times and rebuilt, once by William the Conqueror. The French Revolution did it in and it was actually used as a quarry for a while. There is a lot left, however, and it is an amazing sight. You often see artists sitting in or near the Abbey painting. There are concerts...more
St. Peter's Church was first built in the 10C! It may have been razed in 945. The last church was partly built in the 13C and finished between 1332-39. Thus it is mostly in rich Gothic style. However the first bays on the west utilized remnants of the early Carolingian church.more
One must start at the Gatehouse where tickets of entry are obtained. The original gatehouse is embedded in this structure (on the right in the picture) . It is of the 14C and has two unequal openings from a vaulted space, at the bottom of a square building. The topping and the adjacent building in neogothic style is from 1860. Far beyond the Abbey...more
The lateral elevation of the nave is of three levels: the lowest is a tall double-thick arched arcade, above this is a 3-windowed/bay gallery which stretched into the transepts and a modestly tall clerestory above. Lateral to the nave are remnants of the groin vaulted aisles; the tall galleries were above that. Remember that one is standing in the...more
This is a Benedictine Norman Romanesque style monastery. As one approaches from the gatehouse the two tall towers (150 ft; 51m tall) (See our Introduction picture), which have lost their steeples, unexpectedly stick out through the tall trees in this rural setting looking like the extinct dinosaurs which they are. The layout is typical for...more
In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.
We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a car in France. I also feel a lot more comfortable travelling in our own car as opposed to a hire car.
The only negative thing about driving our car in France is that it is a right hand drive car, and French cars are left hand drive, which means that tolls/tickets machines etc are on the wrong side of the car for the driver to operate…luckily I was able to assist in these duties from the passenger seat, but I do feel sorry for the solo traveller in these situations.
Driving in France is great. The roads are good and the sign posting is excellent. You can hoon along on the wide tollways/freeways, or travel along pretty coastal roads, soaking up the atmosphere of the French countryside. Just remember which side of the road you have to drive on if you come over from the UK.