Out and About in Normandie, France

We have discovered some amazing places all within a two hours drive, or less, from our home that are all well worth their own blog post. I’ll share the highlights with you today, and fill in the details at a later date.

La Fosse Arthour is a beautiful park with sandstone ridges and a geological fault popular with rock climbers, hikers and others seeking some time in the woods. Rumor has it that King Arthur stayed in a cave here at some point.

Lonlay l’Abbaye is a beautiful little village with a stream meandering through the center, and an amazing cathedral.

Château de Lassay, located in the Mayenne department of Normandie, was first built in the 12th century. It was mostly demolished by French troops during the Hundred Years War and then re-built in just one year between 1458 – 1459. The castle has been a historic monument since 1862 and is open to the public between April and September.

This holly tree is rumored to be the oldest one in France.

Granville is a lovely seaside town located on the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. After a delicious and filling lunch at one of their many seafood restaurants, head to Le Roc to see the remains of WWII bunkers and other structures.

Château de Carrouges is another impressive site to visit. Originally built as a stronghold during the Hundred Years War, this well preserved château became a historic monument in 1927.

Our dear friends, Tim and Lisa, are visiting from Portland, OR for a few weeks. It’s so great to have them here! Lisa took the two photos below on a walk near our home the other morning.

Photo curtesy of Lisa Baker

Photo curtesy of Lisa Baker

Neville is continuing to enjoy the country life.

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Je vous souhaitez de belles aventures,


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  1. Despite living in Normandy for two years, I have not visited any of the places listed here. Nor have I heard of them at all, with the exception of Granville. Goes to show that there’s so much to see in the region, and that it could take a lifetime to see it all! Thanks for sharing your adventures here. 🙂

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      1. I actually lived in Haute-Normandie, in the académie de Rouen. I lived in small towns, including Vernon, which is near Giverny (famous for Monet’s House). Gorgeous region of France!

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  2. Your new home is in one the most idyllic places I have ever been, and stunningly beautiful. From the medieval villages, chateaux, and stone churches, to the rolling farmland, which you photograph so beautifully. What a wonderful place to live life!

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