Touring Normandy With Cow Power

Hello Lloyd,

Some people drive horse drawn wagons… but this way of travelling is still too fast for Thomas and Laurent!

   Therefore, the two friends set out on an unusual adventure : going on tour with two lovely Normandy cows!

Thomas ”Carabistouille” is a storyteller who is used to travelling with his gypsy caravan. Laurent Legal is an experienced teamster who works with a yoke of oxen: plowing, hauling logs out of forests… I met them some years ago when they created a Bovine Show called ”The Boeufbylette:” it was a funny collection of vintage motorcycles drawn by ”Sergent” and ”Major,” two peaceful and sturdy oxen from a local rustic breed. Riding on that incredible trailer was great fun!

   In April, Thomas and Laurent set off again with their caravan and their henhouse-on-wheels for a storytelling tour in Western France.

   This time, they are travelling with Daphné and Dalhia, two young cows. They are moving forward very slowly on the roads of the countryside (2.5 mph), offering their services in towns and villages: school bus service, activities for children…

   Here are two shorts videos (a movie is planned):

   On tour:

   School bus service:

   As Thomas says : ”Drive bovinely, drive serenely”!


   Christine (Durand)

7 Responses to Touring Normandy With Cow Power

  1. Anonymous says:


    wonder what they have been feeding those cows (pulling the VW? They are rather large…(I think larger than usual for Normandy Cows)…

  2. It's not a VW, it's a Renault Estafette delivery van from the 60s/70s.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bruno, okay, does that mean it is smaller than a VW van? or ARE those cows HUGE

  4. watched it twice. wayyyyyy cool. thanks for posting.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Life in the slow lane. They be stylin.


  6. Anonymous says:


    rest assured, the cows are not fed with GMOs !
    Hauling the van : ''Sergent'' and ''Major'', the oxen
    Hauling the caravan : ''Daphné'' and ''Dalhia'', the Normandy cows

    the Renault Estafette (which really looks similar to the high roof combi VW) was the favourite van of shopkeepers – another famous model was the blue paddywagon of the Gendarmerie (national police). On the american market this Estafette was called ''Petit-Panel'' van or ''Hi Boy'' van.

  7. Oh the things people are doing in the world! Smiles all around.

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