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Artisan d’Art : Dominic Stora

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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 expensive as they were disappointing. The contemporary...

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Winter in Normandy

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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 tourist attractions are open throughout the year.  For...

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The French Picnic – Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe

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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 rustic style –la table champêtre– checked...

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Shopping for Antiques in Normandy

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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 in St Pierre sur Dives,( 35km – 22 miles- 30 min...

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Review Roundup – A Time for Reflection

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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 have needed, and the owners were really helpful,...

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Souvenir shopping in Normandy

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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 sparkling Loire wines such as Saumur & Vouvray which...

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