It’s now early on Saturday morning here in France, and our CAA group will be heading out soon to claim our spectator spots on the WEG marathon course … along with more than 15,000 other driving fans. I probably won’t be able to post anything until later in the day, so I thought I would leave you with a little scenic / cultural / historic interlude while you await marathon photos.

This first photo shows a historic street in Caen’s city center, just a few blocks from the venue for the WEG Driving Championship …

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And very near that view is this lovely ruin, of what I don’t know …

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And then, across a roundabout from the ruin is this magnificent view …

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The church shown here belonged to the Abbey of Saint Etienne, also known as the “Men’s Abbey.” The imposing building on the left now houses (as best I can tell) Caen’s city hall.

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The Men’s Abbey was founded in the eleventh century by William the Conqueror, while the nearby “Women’s Abbey” (not pictured) was founded by his wife, Matilda of Flanders.

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