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Lisieux town guide


Close to the Channel Ports of Le Havre and Caen, Lisieux is the capital of the Pays d'Auge area of Normandy. This is a land of mellow fruitfulness, famous for its cheeses such as Camembert and Pont L'Eveque, its cider and of course Calvados. It is also a wonderful area for meat, including game and local pork which of course compliments the apple products. Lisieux is a typical Normande small town with its timber framed buildings and overhanging roofs. There are some thatched buildings in this area too.

Visitors by hire car should endeavour to be in Lisieux on a Wednesday evening during the summer because there is an evening food market. Do not bother to eat before going; you will probably find more than enough to eat and drink as you enjoy the stalls. Over the years I have found excellent Chambre d'Hotes in this area. This is the French version of bed and breakfast and can be good fun as well as excellent value for money. If you are offered an evening meal it is usually worth trying, there will not be a choice but the food can be excellent.

Before leaving Lisieux in your hire car, go into the Basilica and find out about Saint Therese, the Little Flower of France, she lived her life in Lisieux and wrote a charming book about her struggles in life.

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