January 5, 2013
Beuvron-en-Auge and La Route du Cidre
Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and go exploring.
We always seem to take the places we live for granted...getting too comfortable in our routine and forgetting that there is always something new to discover, usually right on our doorstep.
The famous Route du Cidre is only about 45 minutes from our house, yet in the last year of living in Normandy, we'd never been.
Our first stop was one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, Beuvron-en-Auge, which is indeed a beautiful village - a picture perfect, bijou village of half timbered houses, antique and regional products shops and restaurants. And a village that was busy with tourists, even on a grey day in early January.
I thought it was adorable, but can only image how busy it must be in the summertime.*
Beuvron-en-Auge is just one of the half a dozen or so stops on La Route du Cidre, a 25 mile, picturesque drive through the heart of the Calvados region, in the "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée des Cidres du Pays d'Auge."
The circular route offers a gorgeous glimpse of the horse farms, apple orchards and quaint villages and towns of Basse-Normandie.
Several of the "roads" however, might be better described as one lane tracks, which forces the driver to slow down and take in the beauty of the countryside. And that's really the whole point, isn't it?
There are fifteen or so cider, Pommeau and Calvados producers along the route, as well as a couple of cheese makers and surprisingly, one wine maker.
I would happily return, stop somewhere for lunch and designate a driver so I could do some more tasting!
*Not that you shouldn't go if you have the chance in July or August. It is now on the top of my list of things to do in Normandy!