normandy delights

Normandy is a lovely place.   It could be a bicycling delight.  It boasts the sea, green verdant land, beautiful country roads and historic buildings. Rustic farms, villages, and sincere churches are all about.

church window

Rustic and just right for home base. Let me know and I can provide their information.

Paratroopers from on high in this church

And the people here, as all French do, understand the table.   If simple is best, then let us start with the humble sandwich.  We stopped in a little place for a beer and a sandwich and the bartender took our order, as we stumbled through our best French in tourist fashion, and then immediately ran out only to appear minutes later with fresh bread from the bakery.   Here in America, we judge our sandwiches by the huge size or plethora of toppings.  These sandwiches were simple bread with ham and the best butter imaginable. We ate with delight, a bite of sandwich, a sip of beer, and a bit of chat.

There are apples here, this place is famous for them.  So for dinner we eschewed champagne for the local sparkling cider aperitif.  Delightful and appropriate.  A fine way to celebrate the end of a fine day.  And of course do not forget the Camembert cheese, on a salad melted over small pieces of toast, tres bien ( don’t fear, we are near the end of my French now ).

Beauty and the aperitif

shrimp, fish pate ( very nice ), snails and the best smoked salmon ever


During our visit, we ate four dinners, at two restaurants, each excelled and was worthy of a second dinner.  In the picture above, the hotel looks over the  sea. And the seafood is fresh and delicious.  Here are some more samples of the fare at the hotel. And as for dessert, always spelled with a double s to differentiate it from a desert, well words fail me…

5 Comments on “normandy delights”

  1. thirdplan8 says:

    Some of the food looks good while others look… not so good. I love the second to last one. It looks great! 😀

    • billgncs says:

      laughing — It was excellent, good choice, but in France I learned to trust the chef… the risk was great, but the rewards even greater.

      • thirdplan8 says:

        Did you like France? Besides the food I mean. 😀 Did you see the eiffel tower?

        • billgncs says:

          Many years ago, when I was playing rugby we went on tour to England and three of us jaunted over to Paris and saw the tower. In fact we took a nap in the grass nearby while an organ grinder with a little monkey played pleasantly in the background.

          I liked France very much, the pace of life is very sensual and in tune with living.

          But France is French, and you have to expect that and appreciate it for what it is, not for what is isn’t that you might have at home.

        • billgncs says:

          Oh, and there is the Louvre for art, and the Jue de paum with it’s wonderful collection of Impressionists.

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