normandy delightsPosted: March 29, 2012
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.
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 ).
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…