Last weekend, I visited the town of Ecouché, in Normandy and came back with the feeling of having stepped out of time. Indeed, the relatively large town seemed stuck in another era, with hardly any shop or even signs of activity, very old houses, small passageways, and a church that was never finished although started in the XVth century (see below).It seems that that the town has progressively faded out of importance, from being a major fortified city in the times of William the Conqueror and the Hundred Years War to loosing its treadmills and agricultural fairs… Ending up today with several century old abandoned houses that are not even for sale.

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