Bec Helloin tower.
jeudi 23 mars 2023
The North Men and Normandy.
I have lived in a village close on the banks of the river Seine called “La Bouille” I was living close to the river and it was nice to see the boats with their different flags
This is why I liked to travel.
Now A very short history of the river Seine and the abbeys:
The vikings arrived around the year 800
They came from Danemark and sailed from the sea to the river Seine. They were looking for gold and knew there were some in the abbeys this is why they attacked and destroyed the abbeys on their way.
It was not yet called Normandy. The french king could not get the vikings raids to stop and decided to allow the Danish Rollon to settle and to be baptised in exchange. This was the beginning of what is now Normandy ( the men coming from the North) and there is a street in Rouen which is called « rue Rollon »
Lots of our villages names comes from Vikings words. Around us villages names begin by « Thuit » like Thuit Signol, Thuit Anger, Thuit Simer …thveit is the Vikings word which is « a recently cleared forest »….
( source: facebook La Bouille) La Bouille on the map is after Rouen going towards the estuary of the river
This part of the abbey was added
They are ruins now, but it’s always fascinating places and a big part of our history. Many visitors all along the years. If some of you have cruised on the river you maybe have visited some.
The one I like best jumieges
Bec Helloin tower.
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