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Old August 14th, 2009, 03:32 AM   #1
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Alençon : Normandy (France)

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Highways are what I like most in France : it transforms the country into a zoo, "don't feed the animals !". Rouessé-Fontaine is just before the exit to Alençon, still in Sarthe (former County of Maine) as Alençon used to be a border-town for Normandy.

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Reaching the suburb of Montsort and entering Normandy :

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Some pics from the centre-town :

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The Castle of the Dukes :

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Rue de la Cave aux Boeufs :

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Rue aux Scieurs :

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Around Notre-Dame :

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Around the Town Hall and the Castle :

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Going North towards Caen ! Valframbert :

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Sées from the National Road :

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Taking a portion of highway :

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Argentan in the distance :

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The mighty A88 ! Unfinished ... it's time to drive on départementales ...

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The last village of Orne before the Plain of Caen : Nécy

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A brief glimpse at the impressive Plain of Caen (Catomagus) in Calvados :

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Finally Caen !

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Next : the beaches of the Normandy landings.

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Old August 14th, 2009, 12:50 PM   #2
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Looks a very attractive and interesting place.
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Old August 14th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #3
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Great shots, and it looks really pretty. My surname is from Normandy, so I've always wanted to visit the place! Been in France lots of times, but never managed to make it to this region
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Old August 14th, 2009, 06:05 PM   #4
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To be frank, the modern Orne département is not really what people associate with Normandy : in many ways, "Orne" (Alençon, Argentan, Sées, ...) is still part of the Western French mosaic. I'll soon post some pics of "archetypal" Normandy (modern départements of Manche and Calvados) : you'll get to see the difference.
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Old August 14th, 2009, 11:37 PM   #5
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Giri is back?
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Old August 15th, 2009, 02:37 AM   #6
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Very nice place!
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