In France, a Labyrinth of a House

24Feb09
In France, a Labyrinth of a House
Published: February 18, 2009
The 12th-century home of Susan Herrmann Loomis, a chef and a writer, has clay roof tiles, wooden beams throughout and a property dividing wall made partly from old tombstones.

When Susan Herrmann Loomis recently remarked on the “dark” side of her adopted French town, she was referring to the local exorcisms and burnings of two priests accused of witchcraft in 1647.

But she also could have been speaking of the troubled spirits who she suspects inhabit one room of her ancient house, which stands across from a Gothic church in this Norman town about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Paris.

Ms. Herrmann Loomis, a food writer, chef and cooking teacher, lives in a 12th-century house whose rambling layout pairs well with its lengthy history. (click here to read entire article)

Some photos (courtesy of the NY Times):

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