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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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and majestic, one of the largest medieval

enclosures in Europe, built in around 1060.

Though the castle lies in ruins, there are

wonderful views from the top and there are

two excellent museums – the Musée des

Beaux Arts and the fascinating Musée de

Normandie which explores the history of the

Norman people, within the enclosure.

Marché du Dimanche

Saint Pierre

The most important market in the region takes

place on Sunday morning market at the port

de Plaisance in Caen. Along the quay of the

bassin Saint-Pierre, on Place Courtonne and

Quai Vandeuvre, you’ll find a whopping 400+

traders selling pretty much everything. There’s

a mind-boggling array of local products

straight from the farm, olives from Provence

and goods from all around France, artisan and

craft goods, clothes, homeware and more.

Families amble, browse and buy, stopping to

look out over the port at the boats bobbing

up and down, their anchors clanging gently,

while birds hover waiting for titbits. Keen cooks

buy the freshest produce for the all-important

Sunday meal, and baskets are filled with food

for the week ahead.

What really surprised me about this market

was the dizzying amount of street food

stands. Great steaming bowls of aromatic

noodles and cauldrons of prawns and shellfish,

irresistible Brittany style galettes, succulent

roasting chickens, even vegan.

Where to eat out:

Caen is a foodie’s paradise and the local

restaurant chefs are often to be seen at the

city’s markets. You’ll find heaps of choice

when it comes to eating out, these are just a

few of my favourites:

L’Aromate, 9 Rue Gémare, 14000 Caen.

laromate-caen.fr

Superb menu and it’s all about the ingredients

– the freshest fish and vegetables and chef.

The staff are friendly, the ambiance is great –

you simply can’t go wrong here.

The Good Life France | 21

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