Posts made in July, 2013

Along the Cider Route in Normandy

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Normandy & Brittany, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Along the Cider Route in Normandy

I welcome my travelers at the St. Lazare train station in Paris, the gateway to Normandy painted a number of times by Impressionist Claude Monet.  From there, we head out to Caen, the prefecture of the Calvados department, and the capital of the Lower Normandy region.  We collect our rental van, and set out to discover the quaint Norman countryside along the Route du Cidre. Our first stop is lunch at an authentic Norman restaurant, Au P’tit Normand, in the picturesque village of Cambremer, situated in the heart of Calvados.   Read more about this delightful lunch of exceptional local...

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Norman lunch in the heart of Calvados

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Normandy & Brittany, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Norman lunch in the heart of Calvados

I have to say that this outstanding little restaurant, Au P’tit Normand, was one of many highlights of my Normandy Brittany tour, and an excellent introduction to Norman cuisine and culture.  Delicious ‘cuisine du terroir’* prepared from scratch by “mom”, Madame Huguette Besnard, in a warm and inviting space.  Memorable dishes served with a smile and ample patience by her charming daughter (8 Americans trying to decide what to order can be a disarming task for some), the restaurant has a cheerful, genuine family-style feel. * terroir:  A combination of land specificity and human...

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