May called for a flying visit to Clécy in Normandy, where some of CLB’s family reside. This is what we got up to…
With the Friday booked off work we flew out – on the teeny tiny propeller plane below – from London Southend (which, if you don’t live in the UK, isn’t in London!) into Caen and arrived just in time for lunch.
After a glass of prosecco and a tour around the Chateau it was time to head down to the river for a leisurely walk with the dog and a glass of vino at Le Vincennes in central Clécy. Before long we shot back to the house, cleaned up and dined out for a dinner at La Gavotine in St Omer where I indulged in a 3-course meal consisting of a salad to start, then camembert with meats and homemade chips followed by a chocolate fondant with ice cream …nom!
After a scrumptious continental breakfast of pastries we headed to Falaise to check out what the local market had to offer, and my gosh if I lived locally I’d be there weekly buying all of my fresh fruit and veg, breads, meats and cheeses – yum, yum, yum!
After a small Grimbergen beer (which was surprisingly tasty!) in a local bar we visited Château Guillaume-le-Conquérant (William the Conquerers House).
At a bargain 8€ entry we were surprised to find the castle is interactive and the fee included these fab tablets guides that show you how the rooms would have looked back in the day, pretty handy eh.
The tour takes you right to the top of the castle where you can look out across the sprawling landscape and taking in the wonderful views.
Before heading back to the house we checked out the elegant Église de la Trinité and grabbed a quick lunch.
We took in a little more countryside air before heading to dinner at L’Anacapri in Thury Harcourt for an Italian feast, followed by a catching the last hour or two of Eurovision!
The next morning we didn’t wake until late so after a quick croissant and saying our goodbyes to the family (and the animals :D) it was off to Caen with us so we could board the flight back to Blighty.
Normandy, we’ll be back 😊