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Report 2022: Nine Weeks in Country, France

By phirhon from Queensland, Australia, Spring 2012

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Page 9 of 12: Week 7 Calvados, 5 - 12 May

On our way to the Pays d'auge in Normandy, we stopped in Villedieu les Poeles (the copper pot town) and Suisse Normandie.

Once again our countryside gite was in a very pretty setting. The weather continued to be cool. We had been hoping to sit outside by this time.

This area saw major battles in WW2 and we had a lovely experience chatting to an elderly gentleman in the village of Chambois. The countryside was lovely - very lush, flowering apple trees, fat cattle and the attractive half timbered houses everywhere.

We were near St Pierre sur Dives, which has the remains of an abbey, a lovely cathedral and magnificent market halles. On Monday we stopped at the very big, busy market. It is really one for the locals. There were lots of tourists in the chocolate box pretty Buevro d'Auge.

We visited some chateaux. Vendeuvre has an impressive miniature collection and large grounds, and Mezidon canon has lovely gardens. Also the lovely checkerboard chateau of St Germain de Livet. We also enjoyed our visit to the lovely Basilica at Lisieux. While it is not old compared to others, it is certainly impressive.

One day we wandered around the pretty country past several private chateaux. Also stopped at Roche d'Outre and later Falaise, home of William the Conqueror.

Normandy is, of course, home to several iconic cheeses and we enjoyed them all over the course of our trip, also some great cider and a bottle of Pommeau. Have to love these aperitif.

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