Monthly Archives: August 2010

Thursday morning – flag of flowers

As noted in an earlier post, tributes to the United States and the other allied nations dot every village and intersection in coastal Normandy today – 66 years after the D-Day invasion. Here’s a photo of one of the more interesting … Continue reading

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Wednesday afternoon – Norman oysters

The Normans are more earth-bound farmers than they are seafarers (as noted below). So, yes, the province is bounded by great stretches of the Atlantic Ocean and English Channel. But, despite this geographical fact, coastal mussels and oysters, and not deep-sea catches … Continue reading

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The fragrance of the Norman countryside

Whether you’re driving along the narrow Norman roads between the thick hedgerows, or sleeping at night with the windows wide open, as I did during my two nights at La Cheneviere, the gorgeous Norman chateau near Bayeux (pictured here), there is no … Continue reading

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The ever-present cows of Normandy

I don’t have any figures for it, but I’d be shocked if the cows of Normandy didn’t outnumber the people of Normandy. The cows are everywhere: mostly distinct black & white cows known as the Normandy breed and that has been … Continue reading

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Wednesday night – Royale with cheese (and with beer!)

I had some incredible food on this trip. You already read all about the canard au sang (duck cooked in its own blood) I had for dinner Monday night (see below). I ate lunch Monday at a gorgeous little place in Rouen … Continue reading

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Wednesday afternoon – Omaha Beach cider & family war story

There’s a road that parallels Omaha Beach, at some places no more than a few hundred yards from the big, sweeping sandy beach. This road (the D514) is lined by three things: 1. old stone farmhouses and churches 2. a … Continue reading

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Wednesday – an international fox pass

I was in the town of Isigny-sur-Mer, the great cheese- and butter-making town between Utah and Omaha beaches. The folks at the big dairy cooperative, Isigny-Ste. Mere, were kind enough to teach me a bit about traditional Norman cheeses, such as camembert, mimolette … Continue reading

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Wednesday morning – Normandy & America

Stories of animosity between the French and the Americans seem to get all the press. For what it’s worth, I’ve personally never had a single problem with anyone in France, whether in Normandy or in Paris. In fact, the French … Continue reading

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Tuesday afternoon – random memorial

Ever been to Gettysburg? It’s pretty amazing, with thousands of monuments in all shapes and sizes spread across the battlefield. Veterans groups, cities, towns and even individuals were compelled by the tragedy over the years to erect markers and tributes all over … Continue reading

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Tuesday afternoon – awesome Norman cider & calvados

Caen (pronounced like the name of the actor who played Sonny Corleone, James Caan) was nearly leveled after D-Day, in the battle for Normandy. It’s a city that’s seen a lot through the centuries. It’s the burial site of William … Continue reading

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