Martin M. Miles' photos


  • Tollevast - Saint-Martin

    The single-nave church "Saint-Martin" in the center of Tollevast dates back to the 11th/12th century. The church is known for extraordenary carvings inside and outside. Seigneur Henri de Tollevast, who fought on the side of William the Conquerer in Hastin…

  • Tollevast - LEDISTRIBPAIN

    After having parked the car in Tollevast to visit the fantastic church again, we saw thos vending machine. Saint-Martin probably had not changed within the last five years, but even a population of about 1500 may not be enough, to have an "own" bakery.…

  • Fermanville - Cap Lévi

    The lighthouse at Cap Lévi was erected after the preceding one from the mid 19th century got destroyed in 1944. The lighthouse here warns the captains against shoals and strong currents near the cape.


  • Gouberville - Notre Dame

    The church was erected within the 13th century, but as it was remodelled and rebuilt many times over the next centuries. So only a few parts still go back to the first construction. The base of the tower is one of these, but the tower stayed uncompleted t…

  • Barfleur - Harbour

    Barfleur (pop. ~600) is one of the "Plus beaux villages de France" ( "most beautiful villages of France"). In medieval times Barfleur was an important harbour and shipbuilding site with a population of about 9000. In 1120 the "White Ship" went down outs…

  • Choucroute de la mer

    This was my first "choucroute de la mer", a dish similar to "choucroute alsacien" but instead being served with pork, it is served with seafood and fish here. I do like kraut and potatoes, but this dish was kind of "flat" and pretty uninteresting. Maybe m…


  • Les Andelys - Château Gaillard

    Richard I of England (aka "Richard Lionheart") was taken prisoner on his return from the Third Crusade by Leopold V, Duke of Austria. He was imprisoned was imprisoned in Dürnstein Castle and later Trifels Castle and was finally released after Emperor Henr…

  • La Roche-Guyon - La Seine

    The river Seine seen from the bank at La Roche-Guyon. White limestone cliffs flank the northern riverside. Imagine 120 Viking boats, carrying about 5000 Normans, rowing up the river Seine in March 845. The Normans raided and looted Paris and only withdr…

  • La Roche-Guyon - Château de La Roche-Guyon

    La Roche-Guyon (pop. ~ 450) grew around the Château de La Roche-Guyon, built in the 12th century, to control the river Seine. Abbot Suger (St. Denis) wrote about the castle, that it was "invisible on the surface, dug in a high rock". Being on the border t…


  • La Roche-Guyon - Château de La Roche-Guyon

    La Roche-Guyon (pop. ~ 450) grew around the Château de La Roche-Guyon, built in the 12th century, to control the river Seine. Abbot Suger (St. Denis) wrote about the castle, that it was "invisible on the surface, dug in a high rock". Being on the border t…

  • La Roche-Guyon - Mairie

    La Roche-Guyon (pop. ~ 450) grew around the Château de La Roche-Guyon, built in the 12th century, to control the river Seine. The town hall and the "halle de la marie" was inaugurated in 1847. Since some decades La Roche-Guyon is one of the "Plus beaux vi…

  • Haute-Isle - Église de l'Annonciation

    Troglodytic dwellings may have existed here already in prehistoric times. Most of the population lived in troglodytic caves still in the 19th century. The church was dug into the limstone cliff in 1670-1673 at the expense of Nicolas Dongois, who was the l…


  • Vétheuil - Notre-Dame

    In the 9th century, the Normans had a camp here from where they prepared the lootings in Paris. A castle existed in the 11th century. Vétheuil suffered during the Hundred Years' War - and is well known meanwhile as impressionist Claude Monet lived here fr…

  • Gisors - Hotel de Dieppe

    The "Hotel de Dieppe" is "for sale" - and it is more than just a facade. Friends of me had stayed here overnight some years ago. They had horrible stories, that culminated in "the worst hotel ever". When I passed by, I recognised the hotel - and took this…

  • Gournay-en-Bray - Saint-Hildevert

    The Normans had raided the whole area in the 10th century, so Gournay-en-Bray was a fortified village, that burnt down with its church in 1174. A new church was built here, that in 1192 got consecrated. The "collégiale" was dedicated to St. Stephen ("Sain…


  • Gournay-en-Bray - Gone!

    I had visited Gournay-en-Bray to see the former collegiate church Saint Hildevert five years ago. At that time I had found a very nice "Atelier de Reparation Electronique". I was really shocked, when I saw now, what had happened. It´s gone! Lost for ever!…

  • Ostend

    Since 1265 Ostend is known as a "town". It was located at the "eastern end" of an island, named Testerep. As the coastline was pretty unstable, a new Ostend was founded futher inland, behind dikes. Ostend was frequently taken, ransacked and destroyed by…

  • Ostend - Shoe store

    Since 1265 Ostend is known as a "town". It was located at the "eastern end" of an island, named Testerep. As the coastline was pretty unstable, a new Ostend was founded futher inland, behind dikes. Ostend was frequently taken, ransacked and destroyed by…


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