Having returned from a holiday in Normandy, usually well known for the D-Day Landings, I want to share with you some hidden gems we stumbled upon.
The photo ( right) is taken in Hameau Costard showing a row of pre-war French shops recreated outside a large biscuit outlet.
Our nearest town was StSauveur-le-Vicomte, which boasts a 13th-century château and a small cemetery in the shadows of its ramparts. Here, in the middle of rows of paupers’ graves, we discovered the tombs of two bothers; Abbot Léon Barbey d’Aurevilly, who had worked among the poor, and the famous French author Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly, whose body had been brought from the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris to lie beside his brother in the town of their birth. There is now a museum in their former family home.
On another occasion, we found ourselves in an orchard in the little town of Néhou, where General Patton had hidden for several weeks commanding Operation Cobra in the Second World War. On the same theme, we visited a bustling market in Bricquebec where, in the courtyard of the town’s ancient château, is a concrete Pyramide de Mémoire encasing objects washed up onto Utah Beach from the Second World War, such as helmets, lighters, shrapnel and drinking vessels. A fitting memorial for future generations. Glenys Alice Ellis Egerton, Bolton