Early Summer in Normandy

We spent a few days exploring southern Normandy this June. Fortunately, our trip was the week after a 39-degree heatwave swept the area and we enjoyed pleasant warmth instead.

Driving around the area, we were always spotting examples of local buildings - large and small - which reminded us that we weren't in England.

Falaise is pretty little town which was the birthplace of William the Conqueror and has an imposing castle overlooking the town.

The Gothic church and main square in Falaise - ornate on the outside but surprisingly plain inside
The castle viewed from the town square

The imposing castle approached from the town

The view from the top of the castle

Looking down on the town square from the castle

 We stopped off in Lonlay l'Abbaye, a village with a beautiful abbey and square. As usual, we arrived around lunch time and had the place to ourselves.

The abbey

Arches next to the town hall

An old barn which is now a small cider museum

A cider mill stone and apple press (background)

The abbey viewed from another angle

The town hall and its gardens, next to the abbey

Typical Normandy farm building - no straight lines!

We drove through many villages and hardly saw any people or traffic

Another quiet square

Chateau de Lassay, viewed from across its moat

The chateau is still lived in and in good repair

A stone-mason's ornament on a town-centre building

We were fortunate that the ruined Chateau du Bois Thibault was open to visitors

Interior of the ruined chateau which is still used for music events

The ruined chateau, dropped into Normandy farm land