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photoblog image Caen/ Normandy: La ville fleurie

Caen/ Normandy: La ville fleurie

 

 

"The Concours des villes et villages fleuris ("towns and villages in bloom competition") is a contest organized annually in France which aims to encourage communes to adopt and implement policies that improve the quality of life of their inhabitants and enhance their attractiveness to visitors through the provision and maintenance of green spaces and the enhancement of their natural environments. Successful communes are awarded the right to display a badge (showing from one to four flowers) on road signs and in other local promotional material.

The competition was created in 1959 by the French state and it is administered by a distinct national committee since 1972. This committee is still linked to the Ministry of Tourism. All the French communes can take part and there are no application fees. There is not any limitation to the number of awarded communes, so they are not in competition between each other."  I saw the most beautiful roundabouts in France.

 

"The Church of Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux is a former church, today partly ruined, located in the old city center of Caen. In 1944, it was hit by a shell aimed a column of German tanks which was parked in the vicinity. The Nave was in large part destroyed. Since this date, the Church has not been the object of restoration work. Its state of conservation is therefore not opened to the public." Wherever we are, the horrible NS- past of the German history is remembered as you will see tomorrow, too.

 

 

Caen/ Normandy: La ville fleurie

 

 

"The Concours des villes et villages fleuris ("towns and villages in bloom competition") is a contest organized annually in France which aims to encourage communes to adopt and implement policies that improve the quality of life of their inhabitants and enhance their attractiveness to visitors through the provision and maintenance of green spaces and the enhancement of their natural environments. Successful communes are awarded the right to display a badge (showing from one to four flowers) on road signs and in other local promotional material.

The competition was created in 1959 by the French state and it is administered by a distinct national committee since 1972. This committee is still linked to the Ministry of Tourism. All the French communes can take part and there are no application fees. There is not any limitation to the number of awarded communes, so they are not in competition between each other."  I saw the most beautiful roundabouts in France.

 

"The Church of Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux is a former church, today partly ruined, located in the old city center of Caen. In 1944, it was hit by a shell aimed a column of German tanks which was parked in the vicinity. The Nave was in large part destroyed. Since this date, the Church has not been the object of restoration work. Its state of conservation is therefore not opened to the public." Wherever we are, the horrible NS- past of the German history is remembered as you will see tomorrow, too.

 

 

comments (7)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 19 Sep 2017, 00:56
The bright foreground nullifies the sombre notes of the church ruins, Philine...some kind of harmony ensues.
Philine: I learnt a new word today: nullify - thank you very much for your fine comment, Ray!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 19 Sep 2017, 01:57
L'église est très belle avec ses petites tours.
Philine: Merci bien, Martine!
  • Alan
  • Redding, California
  • 19 Sep 2017, 05:07
What a wonderful idea; we have a similar schemes in Britain but for the life of me I can't think of the name of them at the moment (I couldn't even remember my own telephone number earlier; iit;s been a long day on the road). One scheme , though, is "Britain in Bloom". The house opposite my own at home is covered in flowers, almost completely covering the windows.
Philine: I remember only the wonderful flower festivals in the churches in England. The Normandy is an as 'green and pleasant land' as England, also due to the much rain. I hope that you are sleeping well and will have a lazy, not too humid next day in California. Many thanks, Alan!
Really lovely post, Philine
Philine: Many thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 19 Sep 2017, 07:24
I like very much the idea of using green spaces to improve the quality of life Philine. I'm sure the whole of Europe is littered with the after effects of WW2. Hopefully these will fade in time..
Philine: Sadly, you are right, Chris. In the Normandy and on the Channel Islands there are many remains of the WWII, but I saw them also in Zeeland /NL. The flower decorations in France are especially beautiful. Many thanks!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Sep 2017, 08:29
One thing that struck me about Deutschland was how peaceful it is, even in a busy city like München. In England we are are bombarded with noise and constant warnings and messages from railway staff.
Philine: This is a new experience. I especially know the rural, merry old England from my garden trips. München is a very popular town in Germany. I am looking forward to your iamges. Many thanks, Chad!
The ruin is a stark reminder of WWII but the beauty of the gardens in front takes away some of the memory of those times for the older people. I see there is a nice little church to the right as well.

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