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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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Cycling ‘en famille’ in Normandy

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Cycling ‘en famille’ in Normandy

Cycling ‘en famille’ in Normandy

FAMILY CYCLING HOLIDAY RESOURCES Normandy is good for cycling – there are varied types of landscapes to explore, the roads are quiet and motorists respectful of cyclists. We are near FALAISE on the border of 2 departements – Calvados & the Orne . For dedicated cycling routes I would recommend 3 Voie Vertes – in the region: Map of Voies Vertes (Greenways)  in Calvados Calvados by bike Brochure: 2 closest greenways to the Haras.  Route Numbers 11 & 12 pp22-24. (The Mezidon- Canon to Lisores section of the Véloroute Côte Fleurie Pays...

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It’s Easy & Fun to go to Paris for the Day!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on It’s Easy & Fun to go to Paris for the Day!

It’s Easy & Fun to go to Paris for the Day!

It’s a great idea to go to Paris for the day – (we don’t get time to go often enough!) It’s really easy. For a day’s sightseeing, think about an early start – the 07.17 from Argentan arrives in Paris at 09.16. Or go for lunch: the 10.19 arrives in Paris at 12.05. Or for dinner and maybe stay over a night: the 16.23 will get you there by 18.05. You can find the train timetable for Argentan – our local station- to Paris Montparnasse at http://www.voyages-sncf.com/#. The train times are on average about every 1 .5 to   2...

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Restaurant Recommendations – Où manger le dimanche?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Restaurant Recommendations – Où manger le dimanche?

Restaurant Recommendations – Où manger le dimanche?

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SUNDAYS & MONDAYS Many local restaurants are closed on Sunday & Monday evenings. These are our recommendations of those that are usually open. (Distances & driving times are from the Haras du Gazon.) Click on the links for more information. It’s always worthwhile calling to reserve a table, even if you do this on the same day. You tend to get a warmer welcome and you can confirm that the restaurant isn’t closed e.g. for annual holidays, random other circumstances etc.   OPEN SUNDAYS   Le...

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D-Day and the Battle of Normandy Remembered

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy Remembered

D-Day and the Battle of Normandy Remembered

D-DAY LANDINGS  &  the  BATTLE OF NORMANDY MEMORIAL SITES.          1944:  Le bel été de la Libération   On June 6 every year and for 100 days after, there are very many events commemorating that day in 1944 when the Allies started their long planned invasion of German occupied France. The ensuing Battle of Normandy continued until the end of August when Allied troops crossed the Seine and entered Paris. Falaise, our local town, was liberated on August 16, 1944. Neuvy au Houlme, our village, was liberated at 8am GMT on August 20,...

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So much to do and see in Normandy ! Spring 2014

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on So much to do and see in Normandy ! Spring 2014

So much to do  and see in Normandy ! Spring 2014

TULIP FESTIVAL, Chateau de Vendeuvre, Vendeuvre, Calvados.  Marvel at more than than 30000 tulips grape hyacynths and narcissi.  (Until 30th April) ‘THE GOLDEN AGE OF DANISH PAINTING: A FRENCH COLLECTION ‘MuMa: André Malraux Museum of Modern Art, Le Havre, Seine Maritime. Some 200 paintings from major 19th century Danish artists on display.( Until 12th May) ‘LE TEMPS DES COLLECTIONS’ Exhibition. Rouen Fine Arts Museum, Seine-Maritime. Seven exhibitions from 18th century drawings and 19th century restored pastels...

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