Laval, Normandie, France

Earlier this week, theTravelsketcher and I had to take a trip to Laval to get our COVID boosters, so we decided to make a day of it and see some of the sites in this historic city. Laval, about one hour from our home, is the capitol the Department of Mayenne, and is located about... Continue Reading →

Trois Châteaux

We have visited some beautiful châteaux since arriving in France four months ago, including Château de Valmer, Chenonceau, Château de Domfront, just to name a few. As I have mentioned before, some of these were built as fortresses, others as hunting lodges, and others as holiday homes, and we have seen a variety of each... Continue Reading →

Even More Out and About in Normandie!

We have been very busy the past few weeks, and have seen tons of beautiful, interesting, and emotionally moving sites not far from our home. I’ll cover the highlights today, and follow up later with more details of each location. A few weeks ago, we met up with our son-in-law’s mother and sister in St.... Continue Reading →

Château de Fougères

The current standing Château de Fougères, located in the town of Fougères next to the Nançon River, was built during the late 1100s as a stronghold at the intersection of well traveled trade routes. (The original castle, built of wood rather then stone, was burned by Henry II, King of England, and later rebuilt). Located... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Sainte Suzanne, Normandie, France

Sainte Suzanne, located not far from the town of Mayenne in Normandie, has the distinction of being one of the few fortresses that William the Conqueror was unsuccessful in overtaking. He and his forces tried in vain for three years to take the town, and eventually gave up; you can read more about that here.... Continue Reading →

Château de Domfront, Normandie, France

Château de Domfront has a turbulent and interesting history that goes back many centuries. From what I was able to find out, it appears that the chateau was built by Henry I Beauclerc, and was standing in 1051 when it was assailed by William the Conquerer, Henry’s father. It passed through many hands during the... Continue Reading →

A Week In Photos

It’s been a hectic and somewhat stressful week, so I’m going to share some photos of what we’ve been up to, and follow up with more details when time allows. Last weekend, we enjoyed a relaxing walk in our neighborhood and a visit to a nearby chateau. Château de Bois Thibault On Tuesday, we drove... Continue Reading →

The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are truly one of the most beautiful and magical places in the world. You will find rugged, stunning landscapes, numerous inviting lochs, rocky beaches, majestic mountains and an abundance of wildlife. This corner of the globe should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Our Highland adventure included the Backies, a region in... Continue Reading →

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