Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Normandy

I am lucky to live very near the ferry that goes each day from Newhaven in Sussex, to Dieppe in France.  From Dieppe you can easily travel to the rich countryside of the Normandy region and a particular favourite area of mine is "Calvados", famous for its apple brandy and its creamy cheeses.

There is so much inspiration for a painter in Normandy, with its beautiful coastline to the ravines and forests of the Suisse Normande.  I have been in these areas many times and love trying to capture some of the Gallic atmosphere, so richly present in places like Mont St Michel.

Mont St Michel
A photograph of a similar view

Falaise Castle was built by William the Conqueror before he travelled to Britain to invade us on the Sussex Coast near Hastings.  The castle has been beautifully restored and is well worth a visit.  Later on in World War II, Falaise became the centre of horrendous struggles between the Allies and the Germans as they battled for this strategic poiny in the advance through Normandy.

Falaise Castle

Photograph of Falaise Castle

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