France: Cider & Calvados

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Driving up to Domaine Dupont

When we decided our trip to France would largely take place in Normandy, we knew we had to spend at least a little time on the Route du Cidre! In general France is most famous for its wine, but in Normandy it’s too cold to grow grapes – so they grow apples! That’s why when visiting the region you drink cider and calvados (an apple brandy). Yum!

Throughout Normandy you have the Route du Cidre which takes you through small towns of local distilleries (about 20 in total) to see the apple trees and cider/calvados production. Our trip was already quite full, so we chose 2: Domaine Dupont specifically for their cider and Château du Breuil for their calvados. Everything we tasted was so delicious! Luckily we were by car and could pack all of our purchases into our trunk, including a calvados made only from the apple harvest of 1998!

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Route du Cidre

 

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Domaine Dupont

 

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Reception

 

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Calvados selection

 

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The ciders

 

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Tastings

 

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Baby apples!

 

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Bye, beautiful Domain Dupont!

 

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à la Dorette for lunch in Bonnebosq

 

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Calf’s head, roast beef, or tripe today

 

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We all ordered the roast beef – delicious!

 

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Our obligatory French cheese selection

 

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Floating Island for dessert

 

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Arriving at Château du Breuil

 

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We found out Dad weighs 800 apples!

 

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Last glance before heading back to Belgium!

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