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This site dedicated to Normandy is presented in five sections:
- Mer (The Sea) tells the early history of the Duchy of Normandy, from the arrival of the Norsemen, the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, to the fall of the duchy of Normandy to the King of France. A slideshow of our photographs illustrates the varied landscapes of the coast of Normandy. In a postcard from Barfleur, we remember one of our visits to this charming harbor in the Cotentin.
- Terre (The land) presents the flavors and savors of the Normandy countryside, from the creamy cheeses to the fiery calvados, illustrated with our photographs of Normandy cows. The slideshow includes photographs of landscapes, food markets, and farmhouses. The postcard from the Ste-Croix Fair in Lessay describes our visit to this yearly event, the largest and oldest fair in Normandy, which goes back to the 11th century.
- Pierre (Stones) presents the development of religious architecture in Normandy, especially of the invention of the ribbed vault, which originated in the Normandy Abbey of Lessay. The slideshow takes you on a tour of the castles, chateaux, abbeys and the traditional country churches that punctuate the landscapes of Normandy. The postcard was sent from Jumieges, the famed abbey that lies in ruins on the banks of the Seine and was the inspiration for the construction of the great Normandy abbeys of the 11th century.
- Guerre (The War) recalls the bombing of Saint-Lo, in a translation of excerpts from Mr. Maurice Lantier's work, Saint-Lo au Bucher. Mr. Lantier is Professor Emeritus of the Lycee Leverrier in Saint-Lo. The photographs of the German fortifications at the Pointe du Hoc are an excerpt of a larger photographic essay on the Atlantic Wall in Normandy, titled Silent Sentinels. A walk on the beach at Utah Beach is the subject of the postcard.
- Remembrance links to our site on the ceremonies of the 50th Anniversary of D-Day in 1994, when the Word War II Rangers were honored in Grandcamp and at the Pointe du Hoc. The slideshow is a tribute to the American soldiers who landed and died on Omaha Beach during the Allied Normandy landings on June 6th, 1944. The photographs of the beach at Omaha Beach and of the American War Cemetery at Normandy in Colleville-sur-Mer are set to the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber and captioned with the war dispatches of Ernie Pyle and the speeches of President Clinton at the 50th anniversary of D-Day ceremonies.
Links are also provided to our website on Grandcamp-Maisy, a typical village and fishing port on the coast of Normandy, between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, to the tribute to the soldiers who landed at Omaha Beach, and to our Photoblog on the Normandy Coast, where new photos of the coast are added every week.
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