Easter in Normandy
With Christmas and New Year out of the way would it be OK to mention Easter or Pâques as it is called in France? Why not ring the changes and have an Easter holiday this year? Normandy is fabulous in Spring and even better at Easter with all that delicious French chocolate to tuck into!
Reasons to visit Normandy at Easter.
The French love their chocolate and with good reason – it's yummy! As Easter draws near you'll find whole aisles in the supermarkets dedicated to Easter delights, often in the shape of chickens, eggs and fish. However, to really treat yourself you need to visit a chocolatier, a chocolate-maker's shop. Here you will find the very best qaulity chocolate, hand-made and beautifully wrapped. Many bakeries also sell these wonderful creations.
Easter this year falls early, at the end of March, so it might not be as warm as other years. Alternatively it might be and in 2013 we went to Paris at the end of March and the temperatures were in the mid 20s. The gite garden is south facing and sheltered so if the temperature does rise you'll often find you can eat lunch outside in Spring.
As the weather warms, the fields and roadside verges burst alive with wild flowers. Primroses, cowslips, orchids, bluebells … the list could go on and on. In fact with the mild weather over the last few months there are already a good few primroses in flower. However as I was VERY late planting my daffodil bulbs last year I am hoping these will flower at the right time of year!
What to do in Normandy at Easter
One of the best things I find about visiting somehere out of peak season is that all the tourist attractions are open but they are much less crowded. You can enjoy more time at the Bayeux Tapestry, D-Day Museums and Mont St Michel for example. I blogged recently about our local Zoo at Jurques and they may well have new arrivals there at Easter for your to enjoy.
Did I mention chocolate?
Stock up the drinks cupboard!
Whenever I come back to the UK I am shocked how “expensive” wine is, as over here in France it is so cheap. The same botttle of red we buy in Lidl costs €2 here and the equivalent of €6 in the UK. And don't forget the cider and calvados. Normandy is apple producing country and many of the apples grown are turned into cider, some of which is distilled into Calvados or apple brandy. You can also find pear cider and poireau, a mixture of cider and calvados.
Easter Events, Exhibitions and Activities
Normandy has loads going on in Spring and Easter as well as one big event taking place throughout the year. 2106 is the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror's invasion of England and there are many events plaaned. Read aboutwhat's on in March and April on these pages. Alternatively you can just chill at the gite whilst the children bounce themselves tired on the trampoline!
Don't forget the chocolate!
Talking about chocolate, if you are visiting us with children over Eater, we will be happy to arrange an Easter Egg Hunt for them and for everyone you'll find some Easter gifts in your welcome basket.
Eco-Gites of Lenault sleeps 5 plus a baby and a week at Easter is just £475. If you are travelling from the UK and using Brittany Ferries we have a code to give you 20% off your crossing .... and even if you chose not to stay with us we have a 10% off code you can use. For details on the best ways to get to Normandy have a read of this travel blog post I wrote on our original blog.
Please do click on the tabs above to find out more about our gite and then make that booking! We look forward to welcoming you here at Easter.