Half-timbered houses I thought were exclusive to Normandy. The reason why they are half-timbered is because the wooden boards are made from wood and the white finish is from timber. The way Andy and Rachel navigate-using maps, showed the stark contrast between living in the old-age and new-age, as the GPS system silently overtook the traditional ways of navigation. Don’t remember the last time Dad used a physical map to navigate. On our road trips to Malaysia when i was in my early teens?