Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:44 am Post subject: driving through France
This summer I will be driving to France on my way to the family home in Bretagne. Does anyone have any good suggestions about where to go, what to visit and where to eat? There are some plans of visiting Reims on the way, but any suggestions are welcome. We normally drive through the North of France in a hurry trying to get to the south or Bretagne as fast as possible, but this year we've decided to slow down and take a good look round!
We will probably start in Antwerp. Thoughts are given to visit the Belgian coast as well, or visit Luxemburg... anyway, start in Belgium and from there drive down to the north of France! Can't wait to start exploring!!
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Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:14 pm Post subject:
Well, I would definitely not miss: Honfleur, Pont l'Eveque, Deauville and Trouville, Caen (Fabulous Mémorial a la Liberation), Bayeux (tapestries), Mont St. Michel, Cancale (oysters, oysters, oysters) (don't eat at a restaurant, keep walking till you get all the way to the end of town to the oyster sellers on the beach) and St. Malo in Normandy. We found them all charming. Lots to see and do. If you're an engineering geek, the Pont de Normandie, between Le Havre and Honfleur is AMAZING.
We also LOVE Concarneau and Quimper in Bretagne. At the mouth of the Belon river, near Concarneau, is a restaurant called Chez Jacky, which has fruits de mer degustation platters that are to die for.
Let us know what you decide! _________________ L'appetit vient en mangeant. -Rabelais
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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:28 am Post subject:
Well, I would definitely not miss: Honfleur, Pont l'Eveque, Deauville and Trouville, Caen (Fabulous Mémorial a la Liberation), Bayeux (tapestries), Mont St. Michel, Cancale (oysters, oysters, oysters) (don't eat at a restaurant, keep walking till you get all the way to the end of town to the oyster sellers on the beach) and St. Malo in Normandy
I'm sorry Donna, neither Saint-Malo nor Cancale are in Normandy, they are in Brittany (in the département d'Ille-et-Vilaine, to be exact).
Sakia, if you have a family home in Brittany I guess you know where and what to eat there, but, here are my recommendations: some caramels made with salted butter, crêpes and galettes, garriguette strawberries, some fish and seafood as well (pousse-pieds, bigorneaux, coques, palourdes, dormeurs, homards...), the Far breton!!!!
Had I to recommend a place to eat, I would say Le Goûter Breton, a small crêperie in Primel-Trégastel (Plougasnou, Finistère), were the Saint-Jacques Galette (Buckwheat crêpe with a filling made of sea scallop, leek and a salty plant called Salicorne) and the caramelized apples crêpe are out of this world. Of course, there are many excellent crêperies, but this is the only one we keep going to every year (and it's closeness to our family home isn't the reason).
Enjoy your stay there! _________________ le lundi, c'est ravioli
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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:03 pm Post subject:
Anothe vote for Chez jacky in Belon and of course their famed oysters. In Trouville, at Les Vapeurs are the Best Moules creme.
In Pont aven, the Moulin de Rosemedec. _________________ Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly
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