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Château et Jardins de Canon

Château et Jardins de Canon, a family château like no other.

During our holiday in Normandie, we went here.

It was beautiful, the house was not as big as I thought. When we walked into the house it was a lot smaller than expected. But the best thing about is the garden anyway so it did not really matter.

 

DSC_0094The start

You start the tour from the south farm. In this farm, you come across the vegetable garden, the bread oven, orangery, cider press, and a bees’ yard.

 

Then you walk to the vase grove. There are various species. The name comes from the design of its paths in the shape of a vase.

After the vase grove, you walk along a lane towards the temple of the mourner. It was built in 1783 in a neo-classical style. J.B. Élie de Beaumont designed in memory of his beloved late wife.

If you are in a wheelchair you might want to skip the wild walk. But you can walk to the ornamental pond. where you have a beautiful view of the château. The pond is the home of carps, trout, roaches, swans, eels, and ducks.

 

Into the woods

When you walk into the woods towards the grand canal you come across a beautiful little waterfall. A little walk along the canal in the shade. You will end up at the chines pavilion that was built in 1781. And underwent restoration work in 2017.

Then my personal favourite part of the garden was the chartreuses. Eleven closed gardens which were called “Fruitiers”. The purpose of these gardens was the grow various kinds of fruit.

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Back to the house

At the Rosiers’ Hall, you mind find some festivities that take place there. This was made to balance out the south farms on the other side.

Then you stand in front of the château. If you go in your mind understand what I meant with “the house was not as big as I thought.” Not that the house is small. It just looked bigger on the outside.

 

 

I do recommend this if you are in the neighborhood.

 

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You must visit Mont-Saint-Michel once in your life.

DSC_0035Mont-Saint-Michel is a little island near the coast of Normandie (France). The little island is on the World Heritage List. You go to the island over a bridge, you can use the bus or walk the 2 km to the island.

 

What time do you go there

The day we went there the weather was not great so we had to hide from the rain a few times. It was not awfully busy anymore because most people go there really early in the morning. But after two hours you have seen most things on the island. So we went around 3 o’clock when most people had left DSC_0067already.

 

What to do there

We went into the church that was on the island. Which costs €10,- per person. They gave us a flyer with some information on it. It was nice not really sure if it was worth the money. But one the island it is the only thing to do. Apart from the few stores and restaurants of course.

 

Now one why you really need to visit once 

I personally think it is really important to know how people used to live. Not only that this is a special place people used to live here without all the tourists. You will not learn how they live but the building still seems the same. So it will give you an idea.

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Le grand bunker Musée du Mur de l’Atlantique

IMG_20190731_160212Le grand bunker Musée du Mur de l’Atlantique

Avenue du 6 Juin, 14150 Ouistreham, France

An old 17 m high bunker that was part of the Atlantic Wall in 1944. We went there in July I think it was one of the best museums I went to on this trip to Normandy. It still showed signs of the fights that used to be there. The door was still busted from the explosion that was used to open it many years ago.

The things that were on display explained the story of the bunker really well. This made everything come to life a lot more.

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Most of the letters and things from the soldiers were behind glass. This is not something weird for a museum of course.

So of the rooms were partially closed to recreate what the rooms used to look like. when the bunker was in use. There were puppets and tables filled with fake foods and objects. They made bunk beds and recreated the kitchen.

The texts that were there to explain the objects on display were simple no unnecessary use of difficult words.

At the top of the bunker, there was a lookout where you could almost see the beach. You were also allowed to go to the room where you were able to see the see.

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