27 October 2021

Canville-la-Rocque et Crosville-sur-Douve

These first four photos are some that CHM took during our second stop the day in August 1998 after spending time at the Château de Pirou. We had driven about 30 minutes north and in the afternoon went to Canville-la-Roque to see the church there, with its wall paintings. I think we had lunch between the two stops, probably in the little town called La Haye. I can't figure out what restaurant we went to there, if that's where we ate. Maybe we had lunch in Créances, or in Portbail.

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The church in Canville is dedicated to Saint-Malo and was built in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
The wall paintings in the church were plastered over until 1952,
when they were re-discovered. Read about them here.

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Our third stop was nearby at Crosville-sur-Douve to see the château there. Both Canville and Crosville
are tiny villages that have been losing population since the middle of the 19th century.

The Château de Crosville (#5 and #6) seems to have existed earlier, but the first records of its existence date back
to the late 15th century, when fortifications were built to protect it.

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The architecture is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical styles. You can read about it here.
Picture #7 is probably a house in nearby Bricquebec...


  1. Créances is the Carrot (carotte) Capital of the world.
    Just like you, I have no idea where we had lunch. La Hahe-du-Puits is a good bet.
    Did you go to Crosville-sur-Douve another time?


    1. No, I went to La Haye only that one time in August 1998.

      I just found a nice photo of the Mont Saint-Michel that I took in September 2004 when I took my mother and my aunt (her sister) to the Cotentin to see Carteret. Maybe that's the memory I have, not with you and Frank but with MA and Anne. That was the time we tried to go to get something to eat at the restaurant/grill called Wood Café where you, Frank, and I had had a meal a few months earlier. We were there at 4 p.m. and it didn't open until 6 p.m. that day. My aunt said she had just seen a MacDonald's a mile or so back so we should go get something to eat there. I drove back to MacDo's and guess what — it didn't open until 6 p.m. either. MA and Anne were flabbergasted. Anyway, we drove on to Carteret and had dinner at La Cale Marine ("Lakalakiki").

    2. Yes, I remember. It is there that Frank began to be really sick.

  2. What are those amazing pink flowers at the chateau? Camelias? Maybe peonies?

    1. Hi D., if I’m not mistaken, they’re hydrangeas.

  3. That's a really interesting looking church.

  4. I have the impression that photo # 7 is in Bricquebec, not far from the chateau.

  5. Those are beautiful pictures. It looks like a very interesting place.


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