Monday, October 20, 2014

Vintage postcard: Wonderful place relax and read and book

This place looks inviting, doesn't it?

The undated old postcard (carte postale, actually) shows a view of a historic hotel in Dives-sur-Mer, a tiny commune with a population of about 6,000 in northwestern France. The ongoing claim to fame of area is that William the Conqueror (1028-1087) used its harbor to depart for the Norman conquest of England in 1066. (The conquest is depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry.)

Tourism is important for Dives-sur-Mer, though it's probably not a top destination for sight-seers in the Normandy region of France. It's more of an out-of-the-way stop. According to France This Way:
"Within Dives-sur-Mer the most interesting part for visitors is the sector called the 'Village of William the Conqueror', now a magnet for artists and artisans and with picturesque and often ornately decorated medieval half-timbered houses — or 19th century recreations of medieval style houses in some cases, when much of the centre was created, around the original 'auberge of the Royal Sword'

The 14th century market hall is the other main notable monument, still used for the Saturday market and with incredible carpentry work in the roof.Also on the market square you can see the 17th century Maison de Bois Hibout, a substantial stone manor house on five levels."
The credit on the back of this postcard states: "IMP.-PHOT. A. THIRIAT & cie, TOULOUSE".

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