Lieurey is famous for the Herring fair which takes place on November 11th each year. The event dates back to the Hundred Years War, a particularly herring-rich period of history: according to the story a convoy of herrings was on its way inland from Pont-Audemer when it was caught in a violent snow storm. Rather than have the herrings rot, they were sold off at bargain prices so they could be kippered by the locals.  And so a tradition was born.

                                                  Lieurey church and Mairie.  

 Four Commonwealth graves in Lieurey churchyard.

 

 

Pont-Audemer a lovely market town, nicknamed "Venice of Normandy." It's  worth exploring on foot with a popular market Mondays and Fridays.

 

 

 

The beautiful historic Château du Champ de Bataille at Le Neubourg.

 

                                                                   

A truly impressive championship course set in an exceptional natural and historical environment, Champ de Bataille at Le Neubourg has often been compared with Wentworth and Woburn, set in 370 acres of historic forest and parkland.


 

 

 

Le Bec-Hellouin is a typical Norman village with half-timbered houses set amongst the orchards. Probably the major attraction is its abbey (as seen in picture above), which was founded in 1034. The abbey was once one of the most important religious sites in northern Europe.

Basilica of St. Thérèse, Lisieux is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica dedicated to Saint Thérèsa of Lisieux. The large basilica can accommodate 4,000 people and, with more than two million visitors a year, is the second largest pilgrimage site in France after Lourdes.

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Château Gaillard is a ruined medieval castle at Les Andelys overlooking the River Seine. Construction began in 1196 under the auspices of Richard the Lionheart, who was simultaneously King of England and feudal Duke of Normandy.

Château d'Harcourt situated in the village of Harcourt is a masterpiece of medieval architecture, the castle is one of the best preserved castles in the country and contains the oldest arboretum in France

 

 

Honfleur is a maritime town of great historical interest. Being in turn a military stronghold, a well-known commercial port, an artistic town and the birthplace of many personalities. Untouched by the passage of time, this small port has kept the landmarks of its rich past.

 


 

 

  

 

 

 

Monet`s house and garden at Giverny. It's so easy to see why he wanted to capture its beauty on canvas. The garden is open from Spring through to mid-Autumn.

 

 

Bernay, once a religious centre, is today a busy market town. There is a small museum in the centre with a collection of paintings, furniture and ceramics.

 

       

 

Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, was the scene of the martyrdom of Joan of Arc, convicted  and burnt at the stake in 1431 on the Place du Vieux Marche. Rouen is also the "Town with a Thousand spires."

 

 

 

                   

 

 

 

 Deauville - Trouville, twin towns on the beach, divided only by the river Touques. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cormeilles is a lovely village about 10  minutes by car from Le Moussel. It has the oldest and largest distillery  of cider and Calvados in Normandy which  is open to visitors.  The village is known for its many shops, antiques dealers, cafes and restaurants, and also for its architectural heritage.

 

 

This is the museum dedicated to the French Resistance just outside Pont-Audemer, it  is open every Sunday with free admission.

 Pegasus Bridge is at the beginning of the D-Day landing beaches and is about an hour from us.

 Or, take a train from Bernay railway station to Paris for a nice relaxing day out, its only about one and half hours away by train.