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Lieu-dit ‘Le Cerceuil’ – A Town called ‘Coffin’

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Lieu-dit ‘Le Cerceuil’ – A Town called ‘Coffin’

Lieu-dit ‘Le Cerceuil’ – A Town called ‘Coffin’

Not the most attractive place name, Le Cerceuil ( Coffin), a village on the edge of the majestic Ecouvres forest was perhaps named after the prehistoric single-chamber tomb or dolmen ‘La Pierre Tournoire’,  located nearby.Western France has very many of these giant stones which date back 4000-1000 years and are presumed to have fulfilled some ceremonial or burial function for the earliest Europeans who left no written language.   You can see two of these ‘mégalithes’ on a waymarked walk around this northern edge...

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Exactement Angleterre!

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Exactement Angleterre!

Exactement Angleterre!

The southern part of the Pays d’Auge region of Normandy, in the Orne department, has an uncanny resemblance to the English countryside. Edgar Degas (1834-1917) the famous French impressionist painter, noted this similarity in his diaries when he often used to visit a friend: Paul Valpinçon, at his chateau and country estate in the tiny village of Menil-Hubert en Exmes. In one of these diaries from the 1870’s, Degas wrote: «Exactement l’Angleterre, des Herbages petits et grands, tous clos de haies. Des sentiers humides, des mares./ du...

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La Vallée de la Baize

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on La Vallée de la Baize

La Vallée de la Baize

The river Baize arises in our neighbouring village of Habloville, runs right through the Haras du Gazon and then flows northeast for 25kms to reach the river Orne near Rapilly. We decided to meet up with ‘our’ river there and follow the way-marked  ‘La Vallée de la Baize’ walk. The details can be downloaded as a pdf here : http://bit.ly/2xsaGO9 Right from the starting point of this walk, we were impressed by the peace and beauty of this lovely Normandy ‘ bocage’ countryside: wooded hills, shaded paths and...

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Church Services in Normandy

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Church Services in Normandy

Church Services in Normandy

Church Services in Normandy in English are few and far between I’m afraid. The whole list is at: https://www.angloinfo.com/normandy/directory/normandy-churches-religion-spirituality-23 The only ones reasonably close to the Haras du Gazon would be Sunday afternoon: Condé sur Noireau 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month (40 minute drive)  http://conde-church.webs.com/apps/location/ Caen (45 minute drive) 5.30pm ( September – June) http://www.stgeorgesparis.com/one-christian-family/anglican-chaplaincy-of-caen/ There is one Protestant...

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Coming down from Calais – the WW1 Battlefields

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Coming down from Calais – the WW1 Battlefields

Coming down from Calais – the WW1 Battlefields

ARRAS & VIMY RIDGE – the WWI BATTLEFIELDS 109km/68 miles 1 hr 8min drive from Calais to Vimy Ridge then a further 93kms/58 mile 57 min drive to Villers Bretonneux 312km/194 miles/ 3hr drive from Villers-Bretonneux to the Haras du Gazon Vimy Ridge in northern France is Canada’s largest overseas national memorial. Whereas the French, right after the war, attempted to erase all signs of battle and return the Somme region to agriculture and normalcy, the Canadians decided that the most evocative way to remember their fallen was to preserve...

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Artisan d’Art : Dominic Stora

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Artisan d’Art : Dominic Stora

Artisan d’Art : Dominic Stora

Artisan d’art: Dominic Stora , the last French maker of kaleidescopes, is in the picturesque Normandy village  of Beaumont -en- Auge   This is his story of how it all came about: “Après la Pluie” is the name of the shop selling antiques and books that my wife and I opened in 1976 in a small village in Normandy. Some of our clients, who loved vintage toys, regularly asked for kaleidoscopes, and we were curious to see what we could find to satisfy them. We quickly realised that the few antique kaleidoscopes available were as...

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Winter in Normandy

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Winter in Normandy

Winter in Normandy

Normandy has a maritime climate with warm summers and mild winters. Rain is a part of the climate all year round—with winter seeing more rain than summer. The ongoing rain isn’t enough to spoil a vacation most of the time and it does have a benefit— the nature is incredibly lush and green. Winter does see the occasional snow and frost as well, but the climate is generally fairly mild even in the winter months. Christmas /New Year and the February half term are both popular times to visit the Haras du Gazon – the gites are cosy and many...

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The French Picnic – Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on The French Picnic – Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe

The French Picnic – Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe

The French LOVE to picnic and will dine outdoors at any opportunity. A leisurely meal, shared with friends and family, is aimed at combining the enjoyment and appreciation of good food, beautiful weather and glorious natural surroundings – all which play a part in defining their country and culture. Le pique-nique is not the same as a snack or packed lunch (le casse-croûte), which is just eating to fuel the body. It is a proper meal with several courses and wine, preferably served in a glass! Attention is also given to presentation with...

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Shopping for Antiques in Normandy

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Shopping for Antiques in Normandy

Shopping for Antiques in Normandy

ANTIQUE SHOPPING in NORMANDY.    Markets, Shops, Tours. Markets in Calvados: Check out the www.brocabac.fr &   www.antiquites-catalogue.com sites. (We are on the border of the Calvados & Orne Departments, so worth checking both): For example this an example of a search for specific  dates of a visit http://brocabrac.fr/index.php?dept=14&limite=260. You could also search http://www.antiquites-catalogue.com/pratique/calendrier-salons-antiquaires/?region=Basse-Normandie. On Every First Sunday of the Month – there are Antique markets...

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Review Roundup – A Time for Reflection

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Review Roundup – A Time for Reflection

Review Roundup – A Time for Reflection

As we look back over the past year and forward to the New Year we would like to thank all our guests who have taken the time to post reviews about their stay at the Haras du Gazon. ‘Lovely gite, peaceful location, but plenty to do’ Stayed in late August with 4 adults and 2 young children, which worked really well in the gite. There was plenty for the kids to do – swimming, feeding the horses, games room etc, but also tranquility and a relaxing place for the adults. The gite was really well equipped, with everything we could...

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Souvenir shopping in Normandy

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Souvenir shopping in Normandy

Souvenir shopping in Normandy

Shopping for Souvenirs and Gifts in Normandy: ‘Achats Plaisir’ When it’s time to go home , why not spend a half day shopping for memories…  (Picture of a shop in Honfleur by Paul Indigo on 500px.com) FOOD Cheese: Supermarkets and also local producers e.g. Graindorge (at Livarot, 14140) Cider: Supermarkets and also local producers e.g. La ferme du Bisson (61210 Bazoches au Houlme) Calvados: Supermarkets & also local producers e.g. Calvados Dupont ( Victot-Pontfol 14430) Wine & Liqueurs: Supermarkets – Take a look at...

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The Normandy Beaches in One day

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on The Normandy Beaches in One day

The Normandy Beaches in One day

Remembering the 2,052,299 Allied Troops who came ashore following D-Day: 6th June 1944. If you only have one day, I’d spend it entirely on the exciting sites and upgraded museums along the beaches, and if you want to squeeze in the excellent Caen Memorial Museum,visit it on your way to or from the beaches (– but remember that the American Cemetery at Colleville closes at 18:00 May- Sept and and 17:00 Oct- April) – and you need at least 1.5 hrs. there. If you’re travelling by car, begin on the cliffs above Arromanches and see the movie at the...

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