Lower Normandy Countryside

The definition of a dérive (drift in English), according to Wikipedia, is an unplanned journey through an (urban) landscape on which the subtle aesthetic contours of the surrounding architecture and geography subconsciously direct the travelers, with the ultimate goal of encountering an entirely new and authentic experience. It describes our way of traveling to perfection. In urban cities the only transportation you need is your own two legs and maybe a bus, tram or metro. In the countryside you need your feet, a bike or a bus schedule. Or a car. Visiting Normandy even for a short stay, renting a car is definitely the way to go. The main providers are located in the city of Caen, just across the street from the railway station. This will allow you to go on little adventures discovery, dérives, that will bring surprises around every corner. Because in addition to planned sightseeing, isn’t surprise and adventure what takes a … Read More

Mon Retour à La Campagne

Le Parc Naturel Régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin. It’s a mouthful! It’s where we live, a natural park measuring about 570 square miles including 150 towns, 74000 inhabitants, over 1500 farms, around 2800 miles of hiking trails, and 105 square miles of moors and wetlands. In other words … it’s a treasure trove of farmland (growing carrots, leeks, rapeseed and flax), oyster cultivation, and natural habitats for birds as well as rare species of plants—the most fertile area in France. Spring and summer make the wetlands accessible while winter leaves them blank, and the moors, while least fertile in the area, are covered with heather in the fall. To France, Normandy means economic riches and tourism. To me, it has meant coming home to La Campagne, the very rural countryside. Granted, it’s not the home from my childhood. The question people ask me the most—and some don’t enjoy my … Read More