Our first Christmas in Normandy was a peaceful revelation. All the towns and villages are twinkling with lights and decorations making even the shortest drive a bit of a show. Everyone meets up on Christmas Eve for dinner – seafood is popular – and the restaurants are packed.
This leaves Christmas Day clear for church if you are so inclined, lazing around and perhaps if the sun is shining a stroll along the nearest beach. It’s a good day to test your best Calvados and shamelessly hoover up the contents of the cheeseboard. Bliss.
In Honfleur for a few hours you will find restaurants, shops and Christmas market stalls open. We were grateful for this last year when neither of us remembered to buy foil and being Brits had planned a very British turkey lunch with all the trimmings! One of the Christmas stalls kindly gave us a few yards to see us through.
Just one word of warning though, no mince pies. Normandy just doesn’t have them. Perhaps nowhere is perfect.