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this page,   Normandy 1 - houses, frontages - roofs French
Drakkars of the Normands invaders  (Vikings) are not forgotten here, an area where the North barbarians landed, as this  pediment of door relief testifies on.

Country of apple and cider, and that of the farmland criss-crossed by hedges and trees, that of cows and horses breeding, of farm-manor, charming farms and residence-castle of Houlgate or Deauville; that of beautiful and immense beaches and limestone cliffs; that of the nuclear reprocessing plant of La Hague; that of the June 6, 1944 landing of allies (overlord). A peaceful and pleasant country, which we saw in full sun. Sunt is not its first reputation, with all this greenery, it must surely rain from time to time .. hibis

In the medium of V century (towards 450), the Roman empire of occident does not manage any more to contain the Barbarians pushes and England, France, Italy and Spain are invaded; England, then country Celt-Roman, see arriving at the west the first Vikings, the angles, the jutes (current Denmark) as well as the Saxon ones (current  north Germany). Three large Barbarian kingdoms end up being organized : Lombards in Italy, Francs in France and Visigoths in Spain.

In the VIII century, the invasions of Normans begin again (Vikings of current Denmark and Norway) and force their progression towards England then in the north of France (Vikings of Denmark in "Normandy"), pushing towards extreme north, (Greenland, Danish ground); They move into most of northern and western France and pass even to the Mediterranean, while Swedish Vikings progress towards current Russia.

At the end of X century, England is conquered and becomes "Anglo-Saxon". Its King flees and settle in Rouen>, giving up his kingdom to Svend forked beard Viking ; the son of Svend will add to it part of Sweden and current Norway (then ruled by king Olaf). This empire will soon be shared and the son of the exiled England King will be able to come back in his country;  then, William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy will fight and gain back England again.
William the Conqueror is said to be the creator of the  first castles and it is possibly for that churches and certain houses have got so much towers and keeps. the one hundred years war between French and English at the end of crusades, count surely a lot for them also.

A tapestry/brodery tells the story in Bayeux over a length nowhere equalized (Museum). a work claimed by the British


All farms and houses are not covered with thatch, good insulator, but very expensive.

The ridge of the thatched roofs are generally covered with plants, iris..hibis


The flat tiles, slates or flat stones are also used according to places. hibis >

 Opposite the Basque Country, where the wood panels of half-timberings are all vertically positionned, a greatest imagination reigns here; one reflect oneself to multiply the pattern of panels. 


This hotel was a house from Bayeux, dismounted in 1912 and re-installed here, in Etretat ! it is true that these half-timbered houses were houses of carpenters and not of masons.

the wood panels of this one, on the left, are not common but it is common in Normandy to practise such aesthetic research.

Roofs are largely dimensioned. Sloping for well letting slip the rain, they perhaps make it possible to shelter an immense attic.
A restaurant not disavowing the surrounding countryside: the menu is in a horse collar, a manger (no, it is not a fast-food where one help himself while passing. Can of milk hooked on the wall.


; there are lots of beautiful houses to see here, within a pleasant setting. Some frontages are  entirely covered with what looks slates.

  Normandy 2 - houses, frontages, flint, ornaments .

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