Picardy and Normandy. 2011
In late July early August 2011, we
have been for one week in Picardy. Then we went to Normandy. Also for one week.
Saint Valery sur Somme.
We were near St Valery sur Somme.
This town lies at the Somme Bay. Near the old city there is the beach that I've photographed from the road.
Through the two towers you get into the highest part of town. From the beach you
can walk on the quay to the port.
There is much difference between high and low tide.
From this place William the Conqueror went to England in 1066. (See Bayeux Tapestry) In
1430 Jeanne d 'Arc captured by the English was brought to St Valery.
Herbarium des Remparts in St Valery sur Somme.
This garden is located in the upper part of the city. Volunteers take care of the garden.
They look also after the plants along the street near the garden.
It is smaller than most other gardens, we have visited. But it is definitely worth
to visit. Everything is kept with great care and love.
Parc du Marquenterre.
In Parc du Marquenterre (250 ha) are dunes, sand and
marshes. There are several trails.
The area is known for the many birds like migratory birds.
There are many observation posts. There you can observe the birds without
The Valloires gardens (near the abbey).
gardens are managed
from the Abbey.
Of course you can see the Valloires Abbey.
It is a
consisting of lawns,
left side of
the garden on
You can enjoy
the grass with
into 21 "islands".
For example a
We loved the
On the right is
|The abbey of Valloires.
The abbey is built in the 12th century. But in the 17th century there was not much
left. In the 18th century, the abbey is reconstructed. The building is no longer used as a monastery.
In 1922 Papillon Theresea used it for a sanatorium. Today it is the property of
the Association of Valloires. An association with various social activities.
It includes the care of children in difficulty The association is responsible for building maintenance.
Part of the building is open to the public. Only with a guide.
We had stayed too long in the garden. We have only seen the outside.
Port en Bessin
In Normandy we were near Port en Bessin
Port en Bessin is a fishing village. The port is protected by a dike. Again, a big difference between high and low tide. At low tide the boats
lie on dry land. There is a rocky beach, where people are looking for shells. At high tide the beach is
covered by water.
The town is situated between two beaches where the Allies landed in 1944. Throughout this region you
find many cemeteries and memorials.
From our camping it is one kilometer walk to the city. On top of a cliff near the
road you have a beautiful view of the city.
soldiers are commemorated,
during the liberation
of Port en
June 6, 1944.
A nice place
far from the
from Port en
A beautiful beach,
narrow at high
at low tide very
is an ideal beach for sand yachting
beach is the code name of
Pointe du Hoc.
we drove to
Pointe du Hoc..
It is a
located between Ohama
and Utah Beach.
to defend the
by the bombing.
Now they are great
for kids to
and out. But
There is a
memorial in the
form of a
The visit is free
The Bayeux Tapestry.
we drove back
few years ago,
we saw the
its famous tapestry.
did not have time
Now we were able to visit the town.
I haven't photograph the building. And
it was forbidden
to photograph inside.
Actually it is
not a tapestry
but an embroidered
It is probably
the 11th century. And it is probably commissioned by Bishop Odo. He
The images on the Bayeux Tapesty describe the history of William the Conqueror of England.
Especially the Battle of Hastings, when he defeated king Harold II of
how old it
St Valery sur
he left France to defeat Harold II.
We did exactly
the opposite. First
St Valery sur Somme
to Port Bessin.
Cathedral of Bayeux (De Notre-Dame)
If you're in Bayeux, a visit to the Gothic cathedral
is of course necessary
Jardin Public de Bayeux / Jardin botanique
A park where we drive along
when we visit the center of Bayeux. It's
about one hundred and fifty years old.
The main trees are planted between 1859 and 1864.
A famous tree is the weeping beech. The branches are supported to keep them
But the other very tall trees are also worth a visit.
At the end of the walk we saw a garden and a greenhouse with some euphorbia, agaves, cactuses.
Jardins de Castillon
The first part consists of terraces with lots of yews clipped into shape. In the second part you will find ponds, a Japanese garden and beautiful flower beds.
The entrance is a simple building. Behind it lies a beautiful, well-kept garden, which
surprises you at every step.
Clever is how tightly clipped shrubs matches the other shrubs and plants.
In 2009, this garden received the price of the Garden of the Year from Garden Journalists.
Jardins du Chateau de Brécy.
An Italian garden from the 17th century.
the church from
the 13th, 14th
century form the
castle is not
open to visitors.
The ancient sculptures
The plants along
the walls are
seen already so many
Chateau de Fontaine-Henry
After our visit of Jardins du Chateau de
we drove to
castle with a
Around the castle
you'll find wooden
etc.) This will keep
garden is unfortunately
The castle is
But with a
guide we have
of the castle