The alluvial Plains of Caen and Falaise (formed from prehistoric flood waters) are extremely fertile and Normandy is famous for growing sugar beet and apples and brewing Calvados (apple brandy) and cider. It is renowned for its dairy cattle and is the home of some famous cheeses such as Boursin, Camambert and Petit-Suisse. More excitingly for me it’s Frances leading horse breeding region.

Travelogue, Northern France. History, Norman Conquest, Britains relationship with Medieval Normandy.

Percheron Horse

We all know of the fairytale knight on a white steed and may even have secretly hoped for one to appear. It is in fact not a myth. The Percheron, historically an exclusively grey draft horse whose origins are a bit misty, was the French knight in full armours favoured warhorse.