Normandy specialities, red, white and black cows on which the rain falls and white cherry trees made in Normandy. A pond with ducks, apple trees in the meadow and good sweet cider made in Normandy. Eggs made in Normandy, beef made in Normandy, a little village full of friends; and then the girls with red cheeks who give the men over there, who give the men love, love made in Normandy.
Ayé, it is one of the most beautiful villages in France. But we knew it was one of the most beautiful villages in France. We knew it because Veules-les-Roses is wonderful. 500 inhabitants on the Alabaster Coast and the luck of not having been destroyed during the war. Old houses, the sea, the small river in the middle, flowers everywhere, a pictorial tradition in the 19th century, a real village of art and history. It is really beautiful. It is the village that makes you want to BUY a tote bag made in normandy or any other gift for lovers of normandy.
Pretty little village not far from Veules-les-Roses. Few shops but pretty houses and a very nice walk around the river, with small bridges and brick mansions. It can be easily accessed from Cany or Saint-Valéry. Behind, a little wood lets its mysteries trail. Yes, it doesn’t mean anything “letting your mysteries drag on”, but what do you want, we talk, we talk, and sometimes we forget each other.
In the English Channel, this small village of 600 inhabitants is ideal for lingering: a pretty port, typical little houses, restaurants with a view of the sea… We can take a detour to the Gatteville lighthouse and admire the church whose architecture is amazing.
Not really a village, since there are 8,000 inhabitants, but not a town either. The cathedral is magnificent, as are the churches and the episcopal palace. The city was a former stronghold of Catholicism in the English Channel. And then you can walk there while listening to Dick Annegarn’s song which is consecrated, in a not disgusting melancholy.
Here again, the relevance of the village appellation raises questions, but Honfleur is unavoidable. The flowery little port with the oyster restaurants, the art galleries, the little cobbled streets and covered passageways, the sun beating down on the harbor water. We would like to stay there for life. And eat oysters.
Located in Calvados, Beuvron-en-Auge is a listed village. Typical Norman half-timbered houses, three mansions classified as historical monuments, a small chapel and inns. If it weren’t for the tourists, the village would seem to be stuck another hundred years ago, in a kind of somewhat closed torpor, like the description of its youth by Annie Ernaux. It’s nice.
A very small village spanning the Sarthe in the middle of the Orne. Admittedly, we are far from the sea, but there are plenty of things to see: the church, the mill, the chapel, the fountain… Yes, it’s like being in a book by Pagnol, but in Normandy, but there’s a bit of that. Moreover, the local economy is essentially based on tourism. You can also walk around the ruins of the old castle in complete relaxation.
8. Le Bec-Hellouin
Labeled the most beautiful village in France, the town of Eure has two buildings classified as historical monuments: the Notre-Dame du Bec abbey and the Sainte-Françoise-Romaine monastery. Two fairly monumental attractions that contrast with the calm of the rest of the village, nestled in its ferns and colorful facades. A very nice step. And if you’re wondering where the beak is, well the beak is far away.
Another most beautiful village in France, which has nothing to do with its namesake in the Rhône, Lyons-la-Forêt (pronounced Lyonsse) is at the center of an old national forest and has many pretty monuments, including the Hôtel of the Maréchaussée and Les Halles. And then churches in shambles, as we know how to do in Normandy.
10. Pont Audemer
And a last town in the Eure. With 9000 inhabitants, it is not quite a village, but Pont-Audemer has retained a fairly village character. Spared during the bombardments of the Second World War, the city has retained its premier cru architecture and its center is very cute to visit. Especially since we are still talking about a 4-star city in bloom, so there are pretty little flowers to see. And then the city has its own gastronomic heritage: you have to taste the mirliton to understand.