Friday, July 18, 2014

SKYWATCH FRIDAY


 This is the seaside town of Barfleur in Normandy, a place we visited one afternoon.  I found the following information online.

Barfleur is a commune in the Manche department in the Basse-Normandy region in northwestern France.  It is twinned with Lyme Regis in the United Kingdom.

In the Middle Ages Barfleur was one of the chief ports of embarkation for England.

In 1066 a large medallion fixed to a rock in the harbor marks the Norman departure from Barfleur before the Battle of Hastings.

In 1120 the White Ship carrying Prince William, only legitimate son of Henry of England, struck a rock and went down outside the harbor.  It caused the death of the heir to the English throne and chaos in the monarchy, setting the stage for the period of civil war in England known as the Anarchy.

In 1194 Richard of England departed from Barfleur on return to England following his captivity by Henry VI, Holy Remoman Empor.

The town was burned by Edward III in 1348 and then again during the 15th and 16th centuries.  In 1692 it was just off the coast from here that a great ship battle took place, known as the Battle of Barfleur. 

It is still a big yachting and fishing port today.














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24 comments:

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

Beautiful pictures and interesting history.

Have a nice weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Denise, wonderful photos from your trip to Normandy..Thanks for sharing the history of the harbor and the Prince William story . Happy Friday!

TexWisGirl said...

broody, moody skies!

Felicia said...

beautiful skies, lovely little town.

Rose said...

Oh, I do love that sky...and what a history!

Bill Nicholls said...

Big wave from over the the chanel. Nice little bit of history there along with some great skys.

Jeanne said...

Gosh... all that history in one place. Very interesting. Nice sky shots.

ladyfi said...

What lovely clouds and shots.

Debbie said...

WoW....gorgeous skies!!! and what a cute town!!

Ginny said...

I did not know any of this history!! The picture with the big cross is awesome~

Elephant's Child said...

Incredible skies, amazing scenes. Thank you.

orvokki said...

Lovely sky and clouds.
Beautiful photos.
Have a happy weekend.

Kathie Brown said...

What a lot of history and what gorgeous photos! I love your new header shot as well!

Brian King said...

Those are some gorgeous cloud formations!

William Kendall said...

So much history there, and beautiful shots!

Michelle said...

Beautiful sky shots. It looks endless!

fredamans said...

Stunning threatening skies!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful photos and I love all the history!!

Linda said...

Nice skywatch shots! Interesting mix of old and new.

Blackberry Lane said...

Beautiful sky photos and thanks for sharing your trip with us.

pattisjarrett said...

Those are some amazing clouds!

Ranita Sinha said...

I always find history fascinating and the history of Normandy is a wonderful read..the photographs are just awesome..

Marie said...

Gorgeous photos! And such interesting historic info as well.

Merisi said...

Beautiful images and thank you for sharing the history of this memorable place!