Friday, April 20, 2007


Perhaps the most well known of French cheeses, le camembert was perfected by one Marie Harel in the 19th century in the Norman town of the same name. I didn't know this, but camembert is one of the few French cheeses without an A.O.C., meaning that the same type of cheese can be made anywhere and still be called camembert. And it is.

The Norman countryside near the village of Camembert.

So, at the beginning of our 1992 Normandy/Brittany road trip, we headed due west from Paris, through Dreux, and made for the town that one of Ken's favorite cheeses is named for : Camembert. The countryside is, of course, beautiful. The town was nothing to write home about (but something to blog about years later, it turns out).

Ken poses while I take his photo just outside the village of Camembert.

We stopped for a quick photo then went on our way through Livarot and Pont l'Evêque (both are cheeses as well as towns) and on to Honfleur, a picturesque port at the mouth of the Seine.

P.S. - Speaking of cheese, check out Chez Loulou on Tuesdays for a review of French cheeses !

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