I am curious and quite passionate about history, especially that which surrounds us. I want to discover and learn, visit and see, know the story of our region, our land, our country. Today we went for a day trip to Normandy. We live only one hour away. In France, there is history everywhere, a treasure-trove, an endless supply that faces us daily, in our backyard, in the name of our street, our town, our province. There is so much to see and do that it is a little overwhelming at times – will we get the chance to see it all, contemplate it, appreciate it?
So today we went to Normandy, heading first to Les Andelys. We visited the ruins of the Chateau Gaillard which was constructed in 1197 by Richard the Lionheart. The ruins of this medieval castle are situated overlooking the River Seine, yes! the same river that crosses through Paris. Some might say ‘big deal’ for a pile of rocks, but I find it quite fascinating!
Following lunch we went to Lyons-la-Forêt to visit the 18thC covered market and see the half-timbered houses that are a characteristic of the region.
In our area, and neighboring departments, these are a few of the sights to visit, though some places – certain castles and musems will only be open to visitors next month, so we have to hold out till when it is officially spring. All of these places are an hour or less away from us!
Chateau d’Anet – Anet
Museum of Wind Instruments – la Couture Boussey
Claude Monet’s House – Giverny
Chateau de Versailles
Museum of Toile de Jouy Fabric – Jouy-en-Josas
Battlefields of Verdun
I’ve put the places I’ve yet to visit in bold. This is just a list of the obvious sights, I can only imagine all the hidden treasures yet to stumble upon as we get better acquainted with our area. I am excited that warmer weather and longer days are on their way allowing us to encounter the abundance of history surrounding us!