I had very beautiful holidays in Normandy this summer. To my delight, my French friends planned the special trip for me when they knew I was coming to France. The destination they carefully chose was Trouville-sur-Mer, a superb beach resort a three-hour drive from Paris.
Trouville used to be a small fishermen’s village facing the Atlantic Ocean. Since the middle of the 19th century when people started enjoying sea bathing, Trouville had attracted many rich people living in Paris. There are still a lot of classical Normandy style houses along the beach, which preserve the most appearance of the past prosperity.
As soon as we got to Trouville, we dropped everything and rushed to the beach. The water is shallow to a considerable distance from the shore and we were able to walk so far. We sat on the sand and chatted and laughed a lot until the sunset horizon turned into a flaming red. (I always wonder why French people are so talkative. My friend says it’s “because we are French.” Oh, That’s another story though. ww)
The specialty products of this area are seafood, dairy products such as milk, butter, Camembert cheese, apples, Cider, Calvados, salt and what not. I love all of these, but if I had to choose the best one, it would be the combination of fresh seafood and Normandy cream. Creamed white fish and creamed mussels (moules de bouchot à la crème) are especially incredible. They are just the way I like it, rich and creamy. I can’t get enough of them.
A few days of traveling together with my friends was exceptional. We all met after a long time, but we were able to jump the distance of time and soon it was as if no time had passed at all. It’s like an alumna association, indeed.
Small towns along the coastal road are all incredibly beautiful.One of these towns, Honfleur was drawn by many impressionist painters.
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