• Normandy

    Normandie 2013

    Villedieu-les-Poëles  Le Mont-Saint-Michel   Saint-Malo  Bayeux

    Rouen (Armada)      Rouen                       Rouen (Cathédrale)  

    Jumièges                Saint-Wandrille           Giverny         Water Lilies

    Dieppe                   Etretat                        Mortemer                  Chateau-Gaillard   

  • 01 Villedieu-les-poêles

     

    Here we left a few days in Normandy to Brittany border. Our first step Villedieu-les-Poêles. This large Normandy village houses one of the last bell foundry and crafts copper work.

      See Notre Dame has some beautiful polychrome statue.

    Notre Dame Church (XV)

     

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    Saint Stephen and Saint Paul (XVII)

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    Notre Dame de Pitié (XVème siècle)

     

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    Village streets and old laundry.

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     The foundry Cornille-Havard bell and one of the few foundries France. The visit shows the complexity of the melting of a bell between its design, manufacturing steps and decor. Everything depends on the goat hair and horse dung. Almost. Unique know-how which allows for perfect with very echniques craft objects. For a bell, it is necessary to manufacture a single mold and a single design. We must also build a brand specific environment. Briefly, adroit at no trials and some steps should only last a few minutes. All this is a bit ironic, as compared to the raw material worked (brass = copper + tin) and the size and weight of the works. At the end of the desired bell that has the desired note (depending on the diameter, height and thickness) was obtained. Foundry delivers very large models worldwide and recently Notre Dame de Paris world. The tradition of cast bells dating from the 16th century, but it was the arrival of the railway line Paris-Granville that allowed the national development of the foundry.

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    If we do not make the bronze with copper and tin, can be tinned copper pans. And that is what is done in another craft place. The workshop copper is less than 10 people working all sorts of items including copper kitchen utensils of high quality used by professionals. Here is one that makes a visit workers who simply present but in a very demonstrative different techniques used. We feel that these people strive for excellence in their art. Exciting.

    Forming

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    Tinning

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    Welding copper

     

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    Hardening

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  • 02 The Mont-Saint-Michel 

     

     
    Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most visited places in France. It is also a place of controversy, due to the silting of the bay. No doubt that human work has accelerated it, but the fact remains that even without it, the bay is silting up naturally, because of its geography and tidal power. When you see the size of the polder that line the bay and distance from the sea of ​​some neighboring villages in the Middle Ages were ports .... Of course, if the Mont-Saint-Michel was in the middle of the field, it would be much less touristy. While extensive work was undertaken to make him an insular character, with access-bridge that will tide. For now it's ugly and noisy. A shuttle system was set up so that car went even park at the foot of Mount as before. Now that's pretty good. But given the distance between the car park at Disneyland and the departure of the shuttle, please make the walk at least one way.

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    Once past the walls, it is a medieval décor awaits you. Go early to get a few people, then it's unbearable. Before arriving at the abbey, we must walk in front of the shops. It is ultimately less unbearable than I remembered, and then from the middle ages, there were already shopping ...

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     See beating eggs for omelettes the famous Mère Poulard. All this is done in rhythm. It lacks a piano and bass. If you wish to eat, you have to spending a penny. In fact everything is expensive on the Mount.

     

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    I will not say much about the abbey and the Wonder. All guides will do much better. Can we point out is that this abbey is built on a rocky outcrop without flat base. Over the centuries, there have been many collapses. To avoid them, we had to build a whole set of columns, retaining walls that give this aspect peculiar to Mont-Saint-Michel. This also helps to shield against the elements. To enjoy and understand, we have to an escorted tour.

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    Mont-Saint-Michel, this is a place not to be missed. And this is by far his best that are points of view.

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  • 03 Saint-Malo

     

    Ok Ok. Saint-Malo is not in Normandy. But it is so close I'm going to bend and assume. And then of course my ancestors were Normans, but Brittany (South, but Brittany). Saint-Malo in Brittany.

    If I tell you that on the beautiful beaches of the bay, one of the sports activities in the yachting like Fort-Mahon in Picardy. If you notice that along the coastal road, mills, now converted into a house, planted every two hundred meters. You will conclude that it must often be windy and you have won.

     

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    It's May 1st and we arrived in Saint-Malo is disturbed by the labor parade. A small fifty people in my and 200,000 according to organizers, manifests itself in the wind and cold.

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    The ancient walls and Surcouf.

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    Another child of Saint-Malo: Jacques Cartier. Nod to Quebeckers who regularly frequent this blog. It's a shame the statue is quite modern and I think allows evil to imagine the inventor of Canada. This summer I attended the start of the race solo Quebec Saint-Malo. And here now looking toward the west, we should see the Canadian land.

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    In Saint-Malo, the streets are narrow and crowded houses. But at least, as in Mont-Saint-Michel, the effects of wind are not felt.

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    Some crepes & galettepancakes later we are in the cathedral where Jacques Cartier knelt before leaving for Canada. During the last war the building was badly damaged.

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    Yes we are in Britain

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    Return the sea had already left

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