I am losing track of all my weekend getaways, so its either my 4th or 5th time in France this year, and this trip has been extraordinary for many reasons! One casual Friday after work, I took the train to Paris and a short trip later I was in the city of love, lights, food - all of the above. From Paris we slowly made our way to the north a different kind of D Day couldn’t be avoided, you know when you can no longer move, breathe or sit up straight how much butter, wine, cream, cheese and delicious meat you’ve had. It was heavenly and I tried Calvados the renowned northern apple brandy, delicious unpasteurized cheeses and of course the SHELLFISH! Crowning glory of the queen of Normandy, Deauville has some of the best seafood in Europe if not the world. I cant help myself but TRY and explain how delicious the butter from this region was, as expected and it smells almost fruity and tastes slightly sweet and whipped. It might not be everyone cup of tea but what knocked my socks off was the boudin noir, or black pudding sauteed in the local butter and then smothered on to a fresh delicious baguette… priceless.
The scenery overall is lush and green since the region gets lots of rain, but we scored a weekend of 20C plus, perfect for a autumn beach day. Oh yes and the cider… well it’s fresh, fruity but not too sweet and when you drive around you spot countless orchids with apple’s still heavily weighing down the branches. What else did I try… cepe mushrooms, mussels, crabs, oysters, rib eye, foie gras, st nectaire, tomme de savoie, creme fraiche, tarte aux pommes, langouistine…list goes on believe or not! Which might explain why I am not hungry right now, after a day full of meetings where I forgot to have lunch.
Deauville is one heck of a retirement idea, the wealthy Parisians are not naive at all when they pick this place to kick back and get away from the city. It is posh and fancy on a whole new level… because they make it look so darn effortless! Even the pets are posh, I saw trendy young guy carrying a fresh croissant and walking his dog, only to realize the little dog had a croissant in his mouth!!! He seemed almost confused by my bewilderment :) So basically I just left Normandy and I am already day dreaming about going back via Paris. Highly highly recommended destination for any food obsessed globe trotter.