#8: Normandy and Paris

Mont Saint-Michel, France.
Mont Saint-Michel, France. Photo: J. Chung

For years I had longed to visit Mont Saint-Michel, the Gothic-style Benedictine abbey that stands out approximately one kilometre from the northwest coast of France. I finally got the chance when I rented a house in Normandy with my friend Laurie.

We flew to Paris, rented a car and drove to our house in Lonlay d’Abbaye, near Domfront.

House in Domfort, France.
House in Domfort, France. Photo: J. Chung
Honfleur, France.
Honfleur, France. Photo: J. Chung
Canadian War Cemetrary in Beny-Sur-Mer, France.
Canadian War Cemetrary in Beny-Sur-Mer, France. Photo: J. Chung
Arromanches-les-Bains, France.
Arromanches-les-Bains, France. Photo: J. Chung

During our 2 week trip, we visited the beaches of Normandy, where World War II was fought. It was quite moving to visit the museums and learn about the war.

Cheese and Brandy

Normandy is also known for cheese: Camembert. Pont L’eveque, Livarot, Neuchatel. Some are very strong and some just melt in your mouth. We stopped at Le President to sample these four cheeses.

Normandy Cheese.
Normandy Cheese. Photo: J. Chung

Besides cheese, however, Normandy is known for Calvados (apple brandy) and I have developed a strong liking for Pommeau, which is a combination of apple juice and Clavados. It makes a great aperatif.

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