This is the area of
Normandy that we visited. We will show you more maps as we go along, and
in general, the maps can not be enlarged. you can zoom in with whatever
capacity you have on your own viewer or browser, but we don't have a link to a
larger map. We rented a car and drove from Charles De Gaul Airport through
Caen, and on to Houesville, (wayvee) which would be found in the circle between
Caretan and Ste Mere Eglise, if it were big enough to be on the map. But,
we had good direction from our hostess, so we found it.
This is a little closer
look at the area around Houesville
This a view of the Living room in our cottage; a nice cozy
place, that used to be a boulangerie (bakery).
The other side of the
living room; it was nice, but not real big.
Another view of the living
room, showing thee stairs to our bedroom.
A look at our kitchen, a
nice size with a small table which you can't see.
The view out our kitchen
door, out to the chicken coop and the barnyard where there were two llamas,
three goats, a lamb, a couple horses, a duck, a goose, and about 15
The back of the cottage,
with the main house visible beyond it.
Our first trip in Normandy
was to the town of Ste Mere Eglise, about 8 kms from Houesville.
This is the church at Ste.
Mere Eglise, one of the first towns liberated on D-Day. Notice the replica
of a U. S. Paratrooper hanging from the steeple, representing a true event from
D-Day. The people here still celebrate the liberation, and welcome
Another tribute to the
American Paratroopers who liberated Ste. Mere Eglise
Our next trip was down to
Le Mont Ste Michel, and on the way we passed Granville,
Where we stopped to look at
the harbor, and then,
We stopped in Coutances,
and had a great lunch of crepes,
and happened upon a gorgeous garden, seen below.
The next few pictures will
all be of this same garden.
We eventually left
Coutances and headed to Le Mont Ste Michel.
Le Mont Ste Michel is on
the edge of a large tide flat, so you can see it from several miles (or
As you get closer, you can
see more detail.
And from the parking lot,
you can clearly see that it is a huge building, built on top of a big rock.
If you climb some stairs
and look out a window, you might see a view like this
Our last trip in Normandy
was out to the end of the peninsula, to Auderville, on the way passing through
Barflour, St-Vaast la Hougue, Valognes, and bypassing Cherbourg. We got
lost several times on this trip.
Auderville is the
"Lands End" of Normandy, and reminded us of some parts of Ireland.
You can see a tiny village
off in the distance.
So then it was back to
Which looks a little
different from the other end.
This is a D-Day marker
which indicates the distance from the beaches (8 Km),
and the date of liberation (June 8, 1944).
So ends our trip to France, and Normandy. We hope you enjoyed our pictures.