Eating out in Normandy is a wonderfully homely experience. Here are 3 brilliant restaurants for you to try. Brunch, lunch and dinner in Northern Normandy sorted.
Honfleur is magical. It’s almost timeless. You can gaze above the heads of the locals and tourists and it’s as if nothing has changed. Perhaps that’s what is so special about churches. There’s something peaceful about time standing still, even for a moment.
The Roman city of Italica Seville may be seen as vast swathes of ruins to some, but for me and mine it bought Roman lives to life. Shops, homes, baths and one of the largest amphitheaters in the Roman world (being able to accommodate about 25,000 people) are side by side here. Gladiators…!
Triana, Seville is an enchanting working class area across the river, famous for it’s gypsy community breeding flamenco dancers, sailors and bullfighters. Full of narrow cobbled streets with rows of colourful houses displaying flowers give it a romantic atmosphere.
Fargo is a ‘slow food/farm to table place’ offering ‘100% homemade menu depending on the season and the market’ and prefer ‘organic, fresh, small scale local products’. Arrieros is up in the Sierra hills and is simple, rustic chic. The food is country homely style and incredible. Albarama is modern, clever cooking. Every dish tastes…
Santa Cruz is Seville’s Jewish quarter and contains many of the city’s best known sights. So, it’s a warren of picturesque whitewashed streets along side the cavernous Seville Cathedral and the splendid Real Alcazar. If you visit Seville, you would definitely want to visit this historic and exciting area.
Parque Maria Luisa, Seville is south of the city centre and is full of striking historical buildings spread within a leafy area stuffed with fountains, flower beds and mature trees.
The French House in Fiquefleur-Equainville is a home away from home to kick back and reconnect in. Reconnect with each other and reconnect with time. I mean ‘old school’ time, when time is on your side and not against you. Like Sundays used to be when I was young. But days of it.
Honfleur Normandy is a beautiful port, where the historic little houses snuggle up along the quay sides. Along side the galleries and churches mouthwatering morsels and tempting tipples are there to indulge your tastebuds.
Beuzeville Normandy can be found in the middle of woods, meadows and valleys where cheese, jams, honey, cider and calvados are celebrated. This gentle and welcoming town has a history steeped in food, being in the heart of a fertile land. But, it’s not just their tradition with these local foods that define them.
Stroget is one of the most well known streets in Copenhagen, tho’ it actually consists of 5 streets: Ostergade, Amagertorv, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet and Frederiksberggade. Phew! It has an intimate charm, due largely to it’s medieval origins and is both cosmopolitan and stylish.
I usually feel that it’s a travesty to not eat local cuisines when abroad, but sometimes you may not be in the mood to be challenged and all you want is something your stomach understands. Step in those high end American joints
We had a day in Copenhagen recently and all these sights are within walking distance from one another. The Rundetarn is the historic Round Tower and gives great views of the city; Nyhavn is the infamous and colourful canalside strip; Amalienborg Slot is a grand cobbled square surrounded by four rococo palaces (their Queen lives here!); and the Marmorkirken is an impressive marble church.
We decided to go ‘out-out’ in the rather grand neighbourhood of Paris called Opera, so-called because of the magnificent Old Opera House that dominates it. Le Grand Intercontinental hotel sits beside this beauty. We started this rather extravagant evening at Le Bar, followed by a meal at the Drouant, just a stroll away.
Whatever your faith, churches are really rather lovely to wander round. Two of our favourites in Paris are Saint-Chapelle, with its awesome (in the true meaning of the word) stain-glass windows, and Sacre-Coeur, standing only second in height to the Eiffel Tower like the gleaming white ‘sacred heart’ it is intended to be