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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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Free Food : A reluctant forager

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Free Food : A reluctant forager

Free Food : A reluctant forager

  I’ve never been keen on the free food and foraging idea. I know it’s been fashionable for a few years now, with Danish René Redzepi serving up blueberry and ants and snail shaped, snail mousse  in the  best (now second best) restaurant in the world : Noma. But here, in the fields of Normandy, we have what must be some of the best hedgerow berries ever this year, so I thought I could at least make a small start.   This ‘Food for Free’ book I found on Amazon, with a shiny blackberry on the cover and passionate...

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Autumn evening in Normandy

Posted by on Oct 19, 2013 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Autumn evening in Normandy

Autumn evening in Normandy

 I thought I’d show you the crab apple trees which form a colourful avenue on the drive in front of the office. They’re really beautiful, both in the spring; with a brilliant show of blossom and again in the autumn; with their masses of bright, red, tiny apples.   It was getting late but I thought there’d be enough light to go up and take a portrait of the  4 year olds, who are relaxing in the field after some work in the school and popping over some little jumps  during the week . It wasn’t good timing ;...

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Après la pluie – le beau temps.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Après la pluie – le beau temps.

Après la pluie – le beau temps.

This evening, the sun came out         (after the showers of the afternoon), so I disregarded all the 101 things I should be doing and went for a walk instead ,over to the  Old Barn field: ‘La Cabane’ Heading out through the archway: I took the long gangway which leads directly to La Cabane:   I didn’t want to disturb the mares and foals who are grazing over there. Horses don’t like visitors to their fields in the evening, when the light is fading and the ancient fear of predators overrides any recognition that it might be only me. So...

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I Love Normandy in the Autumn

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on I Love Normandy in the Autumn

I Love Normandy in the Autumn

For many, autumn is a favourite time to visit Normandy. The summer visitors have gone home, the prices go down and weather can be brilliant until the end of October. The bright light and clear blue skies of the long days of summer  soften into misty mornings and high drifting clouds.  The traditional local stone buildings almost seem to go into soft focus in autumn and the hedgerows fill up with sloes, wild rose hips, hawthorn fruits and delicious blackberries. Orchards hang heavy with apples and pears, mushrooms appear in the fields and...

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Another beautiful autumn in Normandy

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Another beautiful autumn in Normandy

Another beautiful autumn in Normandy

The Archway The entrance to the central courtyard of the Haras is framed by the two beautiful, horse and carriage sized, stone archways. The bell (which stays silent these days) used to summon the field workers back for ‘dejeuner’ and also  mark the end of the day’s labour. It was an uplifting way to start the day to see the dawn break through the  Haras du Gazon archway last weekend. The beautiful red climber is a Virginia Creeper, rather than a true ivy. After its glory days of autumn colour have faded, we’ll need to draw a line and...

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70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

From 6 June until the end of August 2014 many allied heads of state will join hundreds and thousands of visitors from all over the world on the D-Day landing beaches to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle of Normandy. It will be the last visit for some of the remaining survivors. And a chance for us to give them our thanks. There will be many commemorations including parades, setting up of military camps parachute drops to help bring history to life and many festivities such as open air concerts with big bands and firework...

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Pre-Christmas Fair, Caen

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Word from Gazon | Comments Off on Pre-Christmas Fair, Caen

Pre-Christmas Fair, Caen

Calling all Bargain hunters (‘Chineurs’) and Christmas Shoppers who have run out of ideas! Think about visiting one or more of the three big annual pre-Christmas fairs near the Haras to pick up something unusual as a gift, collect some out of the ordinary Christmas decorations or just to treat yourself: Les Puces Caennaises at the Caen Parc des Expositions. Friday 22nd November to Sunday 24th November 2013.  10am – 7pm  La Brocante Vide Greniers Centre-Ville at  Lisieux   Place de la République, Sunday 24th November 2013  5am – 6pm Le Marché...

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