"Troarn" Troarn by ranger49
Troarn Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 8 photos
The countryside surrounding this little town had struck us as less lush and prosperous looking than other parts of the Pays d'Auge . Agriculture generally seemed less to the fore, and the wealthy horse breeding "Haras" were less in evidence.
We had passed by several times but it was not until our last day, after filling up with petrol for the journey home, that we decided to drive through the main street to see the town itself.
All our Michelin Guide had to say about it was - it founded in 1048 by Roger de Montgomery and has the remains of a 13 th C. Abbey.
We drove in passing below the large 19th century church of Saint-Croix that stands high above the road leading to the town centre.
It was busy on a chilly Saturday morning on October 2nd but in spite of darkening skies eveywhere had a "new look", all neat and tidy, brightened by flowers wherever you looked.
It was the "new look" of the place that reminded us its location was right in the line of battle from the nearby coast and the Landings.
A sense of sadness touched me once again realising that little here would have remained of the original community after the bombardment of June 1944.
In fact we learned the town was 65% destroyed and rebuilt between 1948-1958.
In the main Square, Place Paul Guellec, the Saturday morning market was doing business, tailing off as lunchtime approached. We found a place to park and took a little walk around the market and the high Street in the drizzle that began to fall.
At one end of the square is the muli-purpose building that serves as Town Hall, Police Station, Tourist Office and War Memorial. Here we learned a bit more about the town and its history.
The Memorial stands immediately in front of the Town Hall and commemorates both combatants and civilians of the two World Wars.
Other plaques on the wall pay trubute to the Liberators and to Resistance Fighters.
Sudden heavy rain sent us searching for shelter and lunch - which we found at the other end of the Square.
You cannot travel far through this part of Normandie without being reminded of the sacrifices made by so many in WW2 -... more travel advice
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