13 September 2011

Floating down the Seine - Sippin' cider, eating cheese

After Monet's garden, there really weren't any big tours (at least not for me). On Sunday, I saw the Bayeux Tapestry and wandered around the village in the morning. Not a whole lot of fun, because it was cool and rainy. We each had a handheld audio guide, which we could pause but not rewind. It took us through the tapestry rather quickly, and we weren't allowed to take photos.

After lunch, we stopped in a village called Beuvron-en-Auge that looked like it could have been a movie set. Unfortunately, my camera battery had died in Bayeux, but I was able to take a few photos with my iPhone.
What I found amusing was that many of the stores were closed between noon and 2:00 p.m., but weren't locked, and often the doors weren't even closed.

After that we went toured a dairy where they made Livarot and Pont-L'Évêque cheese and were able to taste them. Again, I felt a bit rushed, but the cheeses were wonderful. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any photos here, and can't remember the name of the farm.

Our last stop of the day was a Calvados distillery at Château Du Breuil. We had a comprehensive tour there; saw the distillery and the aging room, where just breathing made me feel tipsy.
After that we were able to taste a couple of different types of Calvados, a relatively young apéritif and a fifteen-year-old brandy that tasted very much like whiskey.
I bought some Calvados truffles, but they didn't last very long!
Finally, we went into a large dining room and had tarte aux pommes à la Normande with crème Chantilly before we headed back to the boat.

That evening, the crew served us a Norman-style dinner which included a goat cheese crème brulée, and chicken simmered in Calvados, with more tarte Normande for dessert.

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