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La Mère Poulard and a very modern scandal, on Mont Saint-Michel

Our first visit to Normandy in 2007 included a day to Mont Saint Michel. Back then visitors drove up to the gate and parked on the old salt flats alongside the road. Later that day, high on a stone terrace, we recovered from over 1000 steps up and the inevitable jostling of tourists.  ‘There isn’t…

The very special Calvados Domfrontais – a visit

Anyone who has read our advice for what to do when it rains in Normandy will know touring the makers of wonderful Calvados, Pommeau and cider is very high on the list. But what to expect? Here are some notes from our visit to the comte Louis de Lauriston cellars, near Domfront. Didier Thomas welcomed…

Pâtisserie with Pascal, in the Perche

The owner of the chateau in our vintage postcard is an award winning Paris chef.  He welcomes guests for dinner, to stay and… to learn from him the secrets of perfect Parisian pâtisserie. Would we be brave enough to try something very new? Of course! A very tasty idea We signed up for a cookery…

Our week of Bénédictine cocktails

Matching this wonderful old building was a pleasure and has continued to be so in the form of glowing Green Carnations, fresh Pamplemousses, fancy Full House, the Classic Creole, Le Grimoire, a couple of Colleen Bawns, murky Monk Sours, classic B&B and some Singapore Slings.. Determined not to let this herbaceous refreshment sink to the…

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