January 5, 2013

Beuvron-en-Auge and La Route du Cidre

Pays d'Auge

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.

Until yesterday.

Pays d'Auge



Our first stop was one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de FranceBeuvron-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.*

Pays d'Auge Colombages

Pays d'Auge

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!

Route de Cidre

Pays d'Auge

*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!

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French Girl in Seattle said...

Superbe! I took many drives around le Pays d'Auge while living the life of a Parisienne, but never stopped by that charming village... I am making crêpes for my son today. What I would not give for a bottle of Cidre brut from one of these farms! I bet it would take care of my cold! :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Katie said...

Our neighbor was in Normandy over Christmas and brought us a bottle of local cidre... I see Breton crepes in our future....
Happy New Year!

bonnie groves poppe said...

Stunning! Charming!! An auge is a trough, also the black plastic trays that you mix plaster in ... so not sure how that works into the village name. Its such a different landscape that here in the South, near where you used to live. As a transplanted Californian, its awfully damp for me to consider living in (I was in Portland for 6 years and couldn't handle the rain), but I look forward to visiting friends who have just bought a home in Bretagne, on the Golfe du Morbihan .....

bonnie in Roquebrun

Camille said...

Next time we come up, let's go together!

Amanda said...

"Real" cider is so good. Veronique, maybe a glass of Calvados will help with your cold (lol)!

Andi said...

One of the favorite things we did when we visited two years ago. Beuvron-en-Auge is adorabe!

Jennifer said...

Hope your cold is gone by now. How were the crêpes? Even without the cider?

The local cider is wonderful, and if you're making crêpes, a must!

Jennifer said...

Thanks...interesting to know the vocabulary. It is definitely much damper in Normandy than in the Languedoc, but we're finding it heavenly!
Enjoy your visit to Brittany. I've heard that that area is gorgeous.

I would love that! When are you coming back?

Jennifer said...

I think a glass of Calva would definitely help with a cold! What good advice.

It is charming village and I look forward to returning and spending more time there. Nice to hear from others who know it too!

Jane said...

Loved your blog about your experience living in France thus far. I came across this piece about a scenic route in Normandy and thought you might find it useful http://www.carhiremarket.com/france/car-hire-france/driving-route-du-cidre/.

Jennifer said...

Merci, Jane!

Unknown said...

We have found Pommeau better than any medicine for a cold!
Hello, we do enjoy your blog, very entertaining and informative, some great ideas.
We recently discovered Pommeau and are now big fans, so delicious and it warms the soul. We found a lovely variety in St Foy de Montgommery, quite by accident, more details here plus a pic of the lovely manor house: http://www.normandythenandnow.com/the-marvellous-montgomerys-of-sainte-foy-de-montgommery/
Do you have a Pommeau maker you can recommend we visit?
Regards, Normandy then and Now

Jennifer said...

Hi Normandy
I have tasted some delicious Pommeau from the Ferme de Felicité. http://www.ferme-felicite.fr/nos-produits/?lang=en