Out and About in Normandie, Part Three

We are enjoying our time in Normandie, and continue to find interesting destinations not far from our home here. A few weeks ago I wrote about the ancient stones in Carnac; it turns out there are a few similar sites less than an hour from our home.

This one is called Dolmen de la Table au Diable, or Devil’s Table. It is presumed to have been built between 3200 – 2200 BC, and was most likely used as a burial site.

This menhir is also close to our home.

Also not far from us are some Roman ruins. This once thriving metropolis called Noviodunum, is located in and around the town of Jublains. Dating back to the first century AD, this city was once a major center for trade and politics, and contained a theater, public baths, a forum, and a temple.

The Baths

As the decline of the Roman Empire began in the 3rd century AD, the city was attacked by numerous European groups. Stone walls and ramparts were built to fortify the city. However, the Romans were forced to leave the area around the 5th century AD. In the 1990s, extensive excavations were conducted which uncovered a multitude of artifacts that are on display at the Musée Archéologique Départemental Jublains.

Diorama of the Roman city on display in the museum.

It would be pretty amazing to live in this house with a view of the ruins, or to have a menhir or dolmen on your property.

We have enjoyed many walks in our beautiful neighborhood.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir

We worked up an appetite with all that walking and exploring, so we headed to Bistrot Gourmand in Bagnoles de l’Orne for a delicious lunch.

Our backyard, Sketch courtesy of theTravelsketcher.

Neville is enjoying his outdoor time and, until recently, we would leave the backdoor open so he could come and go as he pleased. Unfortunately, he caught a bird which he promptly delivered to us in the house! Luckily, Terry was able to get the bird away from him and set it free. It flew off, and hopefully survived.

A few days ago I saw him playing with something in the bushes. I guessed it was a mouse, but it turned out to be a snake! So now when he goes out, we leave the backdoor shut; the last thing we want is a snake in the house.

If you enjoyed this post you might also like:

Out and About in Normandie, France

Out and About in Normandie, France (Part Two) and the Loire Valley

Wishing you grand adventures,


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  1. So much to see in Normandy! I had no idea that Roman ruins existed here, especially in such a northern point in France (I’ve only visited those in the south of France). Such a bucolic landscape, and very inspirational for some art work, clearly!


  2. Oh, Neville has returned to his primal roots and seems to be having the time of his life! So much history and wonderful food!

    Are you guys feeling the current heat wave? It’s in the news here! We on the other hand are in the 50s and 60s in Seattle.

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    1. Yes, Neville loves being outside! I’ll be getting him a collar with a bell soon. It has been in the high 90s for a few days, but thankfully, they say it will cool off tomorrow. We’ve heard about the rain and cool temps in the PNW; enjoy!


  3. This post is a smorgasbord. Photos, sketches, food, kitty, snakes! I love it. Your photos of the Roman ruins are really great. I love them, too!

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