Posts Tagged ‘Normandy’

The department of Orne

The Orne is the most southerly department in Normandy and the only department in Normandy to be landlocked, giving it a more continental climate (hotter summers and less rainfall) and also great accessibility to the rest of France, including Paris. The principal town (prefecture) Alençon is a large market town, with cobbled streets, nestled between […]

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Carbon footprint – electricity in France

Electricity in France is cheap compared to other countries. Great, but what impact does it have on the environment? The DPE report (diagnostic performance énergétique) on any house will tell you not only the energy consumption per year, per square meter, but also the carbon dioxide output due to the consumption. So if you heat […]

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Normandy in the snow

A regular question we hear is “Normandy seems lovely in the summer, what about the winter?” Well yes, it’s snowing in Normandy in November – just like the rest of Europe. But just look at the stunning views like this one from my window this morning. How do we cope? The gritting lorries are out […]

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Golf in Normandy

Listening to Radio 2 last week, I heard Chris Evans talking to world no 1 golfer Lee Westwood to arrange a “charity day” for Children in Need. This got me to thinking how lucky we are in Normandy, with an array of fantastic courses all on the doorstep. A great way of keeping fit, a […]

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Remembrance day and its flowers

In the UK and most English speaking countries we commemorate the 11th of November each year with red poppies. The origins go back to a poem written by John McCrae (a WW1 surgeon) in 1915 which starts with “In Flanders fields, the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row…”. We are all familiar with […]

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Normandy by bike

What better way to see the Normandy countryside than the green way from Alençon to Condé sur Huisne, in the Orne department of Basse-Normandie? A 65km cycle and footpath.     Crossing the regional national parks of Normandy-Maine and the Perche, the green way in the south of the Orne department follows the route of […]

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Halloween and toussaint in Normandy

How did Halloween get to France? According to anglophone history Halloween is a derivative of “all Hallows’ eve”, or “all hallowed-souls eve”, a hallowed-soul being a saint. It was allegedly first recorded in the UK around the 16th century as the night preceding “all saints day” – in French toussaint. So the 1st of November […]

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Normandy – a popular destination

It’s easy to see why Normandy has become a popular destination – both for holidaymakers and those wishing to buy a French home in Normandy. With a whopping 375 miles of coastline you’re never that far from the sea. With three ferry ports to choose from – Cherbourg, Caen (Ouistreham) and Le Havre – access […]

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