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.

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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 cuisine.

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Top quality Norman food products, such as Norman cheese (Camembert de Normandie, Pont l’Évêque, Livarot, to name a few), various terrines, charcuterie, andouille sausage, cider, Calvados, and more can be found at the corner market on the church square, L’Epicerie Produits Normandie.

domaineDupont_medA cruise along the Route du Cidre would not be complete without a tour and tasting at a local ciderie.   The ideal spot is the elegant Louis Dupont Family estate in the heart of the Pays d’Auge region.  Domaine Dupont produces traditional effervescent cider (5% alcohol), pure apple juice (no alcohol), Calvados liquor aged in oak for several years (42% alcohol), and Pommeau, known as “L’Aperitif Normand,” a blend of Calvados with freshly pressed apple juice, and aged 18 months in oak (17% alcohol).

orchards_medDomaine Dupont consists of 74 acres of orchards in Normandy

M_Dupont_medMr. Etienne Dupont in his tasting shop

Meandering through the scenic Normandy countryside, we pass through many charming villages, the star of which is the picturesque beauty, Beauvron-en-Auge, classified as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”.

Beauvron1_medCharming village square, Beauvron-en-Auge

windowbox_medMedieval timber framed home accented with colorful shutters and flowers, Beauvron-en-Auge

Two words recap our day:  Charming and quaint.  Normandy is more beautiful than one could imagine, also quite friendly and serene.