Our French food-filled holiday

We just returned from our holiday in France. It was a mammoth journey from our home in the North East England, through the Channel tunnel, and on to Courseulles sur Mer in Lower Normandy.

We had a brilliant time with my parents, and my brother and sister-in-law. The town is gorgeous and there’s quite a lot going on there. We enjoyed our visit to Juno Beach Centre, and we were lucky to have been in town when the Fête de la Mer was on.

Our apartment was a really nice size, with three bedrooms and a large, light living area. Plenty of room for a hilarious game of catch with Uncle Mike!

playing ball in france

The kitchen was well equipped, and my mum rose to the challenge of cooking traditional Normandy recipes at most meals. We enjoyed Pork Normandy, and chicken cooked in cider.
table plate french food family

Desserts were traditional, too, and this delicious apple pie with almond custardy stuff inside was a brilliant way to round off a meal!

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Of course, we had moules frîtes, and plenty of stinky cheese! I loved the merguez sausages, too. We were in the Calvados region, so we did try a little, but preferred the very tasty varieties of cider. Naturally we ‘sampled’ a fair amount of wine, too. Well, it would be rude not to, in France!
Every morning my dad trekked out to the boulangerie for fresh baguettes and croissants, pain aux raisin and brioche. At the beginning of the holiday the list was short and simple (croissants for all), and got longer as the week went on as we realised what else the place had to offer!

Of course all these amazing meals leave dirty dishes. We were sent a lovely bundle of Finish products before our trip (before we set off, we used the dishwasher cleaner so we didn’t come back to any nasty pongs in the machine – genius, I tell you!) and the apartment fortunately had a dishwasher. No arguments over who will wash, who will wipe! I’ll bet my parents were happy we didn’t have a replay of our childhood tussle between my brother and I!

Babyfoote loading dishwasher

 

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131 Comments

  1. deepeabee
    August 24, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    great give away. I really like the Finish products.

  2. Marie Neeson
    August 25, 2015 / 1:08 am

    Our last holiday was in gorgeous Co Donegal. Some of the best beaches I’ve been to.

  3. August 25, 2015 / 1:11 am

    I love that my dishwasher is really simple to use! It’s great just having to load it up, pop in a tablet and push a button after a hard day’s cooking!

  4. Kay Panayi
    August 25, 2015 / 4:56 am

    We went to butlins the mine head one it was great fun now my daughter is getting older all 3 kids love it for different reasons

  5. ashleigh allan
    August 25, 2015 / 6:49 am

    just a weekend in blackpool

  6. Jessica Gifford
    August 25, 2015 / 7:01 am

    we last went to the south of France and had a really lovely time despite the unpredictable weather. it appears summer decided to FINISH early everywhere this yr!!! As I kove a cleaning product and my 5 yr old is lime obcesssed I’d love to win this prize thanks.

  7. Lydia Frew
    August 25, 2015 / 7:10 am

    Camping near Swanage, although off to Reading Festival in a couple of days!

  8. Jill cameron
    August 25, 2015 / 7:12 am

    We went to Ibiza. It was waaay too hot. Think we will be staying in the UK in future.

  9. clair downham
    August 25, 2015 / 7:22 am

    a weekend at center parcs

  10. Delyth Crisp
    August 25, 2015 / 7:27 am

    Last holiday was a week in Somerset with almost the whole family. Amazing time!

  11. Theresa Hardy
    August 25, 2015 / 7:37 am

    We are off to Normandy on our travels, the food looks amazing 🙂

  12. Emilie Curry
    August 25, 2015 / 7:48 am

    We went to Lanzarote in Feb when I was 28 weeks pregnant, our last child free holiday 🙂

  13. andrew reed
    August 25, 2015 / 7:48 am

    turkey it was amazing

  14. Laura Todd
    August 25, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Spain!

  15. Jane H Shaw
    August 25, 2015 / 8:04 am

    My last holiday was to Crete and it was fabulous, thanks

  16. Melanie slater
    August 25, 2015 / 8:20 am

    We are yet to have our very 1st family holiday my daughter and I, only to Blackpool but we are sooooo excited!!!!

  17. Karen Ridgway
    August 25, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Our last holiday was wonderful Turkey our 17-47 holiday!

  18. Julia Plant
    August 25, 2015 / 8:29 am

    New York, New York!

  19. Malcolm Butterworth
    August 25, 2015 / 8:41 am

    Love my new dishwasher, no more rows at the sink, who does what!.

  20. Susan Ocock
    August 25, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Motorcycle tour to Holland and Germany

  21. Noreen
    August 25, 2015 / 8:58 am

    My last holiday was to Majorca, fantastic time!

  22. Sue cotton
    August 25, 2015 / 9:00 am

    Went to Spain in June, it seems to have rained in the UK ever since just to punish us, lol

  23. August 25, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Spain to visit family xx

  24. amy tang
    August 25, 2015 / 10:04 am

    Last holiday was at the Lake District!

  25. Debbie Creasey
    August 25, 2015 / 9:17 am

    The last holiday i went on was to Devon.

  26. August 25, 2015 / 10:25 am

    We had a few nights in Yorkshire earlier this month – does that count?!?! Apart from that we camped on the Isle of Man last summer – where our youngest daughter was conceived – eventful trip!!

  27. August 25, 2015 / 10:42 am

    We went to Tenerife with my parents & sister.

  28. traceypeach
    August 25, 2015 / 9:55 am

    I haven’t been on holiday for years because I can’t afford it 🙁

  29. August 25, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Dorset and Devon were lovely, nice weather and pretty scenery!

  30. Priscilla Stubbs
    August 25, 2015 / 11:08 am

    a weekend in Aberystwyth and an added bonus was the weather was warm and sunny

  31. Liam Bishop
    August 25, 2015 / 11:20 am

    Last went to Norfolk, it was lovely!

  32. iain maciver
    August 25, 2015 / 11:24 am

    scotland

  33. gemma brown
    August 25, 2015 / 11:46 am

    we went to littlesea in weymouth

  34. August 25, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    We last went on holiday to Whitby

  35. Keith Hunt
    August 25, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    We always go to Iceland

  36. Nicki Evans
    August 25, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    I last went to Porto for a long weekend.

  37. Katie Wilson
    August 25, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I took the kids camping for the first time. We didn’t go far, just 30 mins away from home to a local country world with petting animals and rides and things, great to introduce kids to camping with, and didn’t need to pop home for anything which was a bonus! We’d like to try camping in France next year.

  38. Tracy Newton
    August 25, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    Our main holiday this year was Cyprus, but we have had a weekend in Scarborough earlier this month

  39. Jayne T
    August 25, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    We went to Scotland.

  40. August 25, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    My last holiday was in the USA travelling from Key West to New York by air, road and train.

  41. August 25, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    We were lucky enough, after a lot of scrimping and saving, to go to San Francisco!

  42. August 25, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I went to London last year for the weekend. 🙂

  43. susan younger
    August 25, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Visited my son in the USA

  44. Tania Atfield
    August 25, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Normandy a couple of weeks ago

  45. Kerryanne Atkinson
    August 25, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Rhodes in Greece.

  46. Tracy
    August 25, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Ohh wow…. Pontins as a child, I’m sad to say!

  47. Samantha Loughlin
    August 25, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    Isle of white in June we are going back in October it was so nice beautiful part of GB xxx

  48. Natalie Crossan
    August 25, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    London for my Mum’s 50th x

  49. Theresaparker
    August 26, 2015 / 4:36 am

    Isle of bute Scotland for my wee sis birthday

  50. Sally Collingwood
    August 26, 2015 / 9:28 am

    The little village of Hungerford

  51. August 26, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    I’m writing this from our holiday in France. (they got wifi – yay!)

  52. Doreen Mccarthy
    August 26, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    we went to wales for a week

  53. Kim M
    August 26, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Cornwall – Perrenporth

  54. Sinead ORourke
    August 26, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Italy

  55. Alix Smith
    August 26, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    We went to Padstow in Cornwall. We go down to the west country every year & are now seriously considering moving there before the kids are old enough to start school. Exciting times!

  56. August 26, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful holiday! Our last holiday was to New York for a real foodie adventure too. 🙂

  57. August 27, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    We went to sunny Cornwall x

  58. Leona S Fisher
    August 28, 2015 / 7:53 am

    I went to Orlando, Florida!

  59. Ruth Harwood
    August 28, 2015 / 10:06 am

    Marrakech 🙂 it was gorgeous, though it was in March, so a long time gone, or so it seems!!

  60. Tracy Gladman
    August 28, 2015 / 5:30 pm

    Spain

  61. Cupcake R
    August 29, 2015 / 7:55 am

    We went To Wales

  62. Joanne O'Neill
    August 30, 2015 / 8:31 am

    Our last holiday was Disneyland Paris

  63. Jess Mary
    August 30, 2015 / 11:22 am

    I went to Venice and Milan ! 🙂

  64. August 30, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    We went to Southampton to visit family.

  65. August 31, 2015 / 12:44 am

    My holiday isn;t until November, i’m going to NYC

  66. aaron broad
    August 31, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    Last holiday I went on was to Ireland

  67. Paul Scotland
    August 31, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Eurodisney and it was the best holiday ever

  68. August 31, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    We went to Scotland for a week in July then have got back today from a bank holiday weekend camping 🙂

  69. Claire fawkner
    September 2, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    We came back from the gower on Sunday

  70. September 3, 2015 / 12:35 am

    Not enterting the competition but just wanted to say that the food sounds devine! And who doesn’t love a great boulangerie? We were in Paris back in June.

    • September 3, 2015 / 7:47 am

      Yes, my mum did us proud! Ooh, where did you stay in Paris? Did you write about it?

  71. September 3, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    What a wonderful way of spending time in Normandy, with all this amazing homemade food and the wine <3
    I am hungry now, and need to prepare something for dinner!

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes

  72. September 4, 2015 / 5:25 am

    We went to Woodfarm Barns in Ipswich in February 🙂

  73. September 4, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    My parents’ timeshare at Kinloch Rannoch with my daughter and my gran too.

  74. Rebecca Barnes
    September 6, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    We last went to Ilfracombe in Devon – we got so lucky with the weather, it was gorgeous! Meant we ate some fab pub meals outside in the sun 🙂

    • Michelle Stokes
      September 6, 2015 / 8:58 pm

      We (family of 4 and by brother and his 2 children) went to Gran Canaria in August – it rained a little on the first day, but much to my children’s amusement my husband and I carried on sunbathing!!

  75. September 6, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    My last holiday was in the Isle of Wight but I am going to Paris at the end of the month 🙂

  76. Caroline Blaza
    September 6, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    My last holiday was to Thetford Forest. x

  77. September 7, 2015 / 2:49 am

    Devon near Exeter. Love it!

  78. Ema J Lowe
    September 7, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    We went to Skegness, Butlins.

  79. melanie stirling
    September 7, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    We went on a mediterranean cruise in february.

  80. kimberley ryan
    September 8, 2015 / 10:55 am

    We drove to France so my children could see their grandparents, they hadn’t seen them for over 12 months so it was fabulous but also a little emotional

  81. Becca Staples
    September 9, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    We went to Butlins on a family holiday

  82. Janine Atkin
    September 10, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    we went to centreparks

  83. Anne
    September 14, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Scotland

  84. September 14, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Of course … this gorgeous food is one of the reasons we moved to Normandy 🙂 #MondayEscapes

  85. Christine Caple
    September 16, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    We went to North Devon.

  86. Anne Woodthorpe
    September 17, 2015 / 9:31 am

    I went to Porec in Croatia

  87. Nicola Lynch
    September 18, 2015 / 10:40 am

    The last place we went was France in August.

  88. Lindsay Taylor
    September 20, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    We went to Scotland followed by Wales

  89. Julie Paton
    September 20, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    We went to Poole in Dorset to visit family

  90. jolene yule
    September 20, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    woolacombe bay holiday

  91. lizzyjanecooper
    September 21, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I think it was tenby

  92. Rebecca Smith
    September 21, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    We went to ilfracombe, Devon it was our first family holiday and was perfect

  93. Vickie Jackson
    September 22, 2015 / 11:50 am

    We went to the Isle of Wight 🙂

  94. Nancy Bradford
    September 22, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    We went to Normandy (the lovely Normandy with its amazing cider).

  95. Christine Hall
    September 22, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    We went to the New Forest

  96. Lyndsey Beckford
    September 23, 2015 / 12:35 am

    I went to Lanzarote in June 🙂

  97. Pat Stubbs
    September 23, 2015 / 10:16 am

    We went to Swanage last weekend for a few days

  98. Christina Palmer
    September 23, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Kessinland Beach which is in Suffolk

  99. Jade Hewlett
    September 23, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    I went to Manchester and London for a few days

  100. lynn neal
    September 23, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    We went to Torquay and it was lovely!

  101. Natalie Baugh
    September 23, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    We went to Weston Super Mare on our last holiday

  102. Pamela Crampton
    September 23, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Wales

  103. cat
    September 23, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    our back yard

  104. Fiona Timms
    September 23, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Tipperary, Ireland

  105. Aaron Milne
    September 23, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Pembrokeshire – really enjoyed it

  106. Cally Martin
    September 23, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    we havent been on holiday for about 3 years 🙁

  107. sue lempkowski
    September 23, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    new york

  108. Richard Wood
    September 23, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Newquay, Cornwall

  109. Nicola Mcvea
    September 23, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    We went down to London to visit family. Thats as good as it got this year, i had just had a baby so we didnt want to travel far ☺

  110. Thomas Perry
    September 23, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    We went to Portugal, it had gorgeous beaches, fantastic weather, lovely people and awesome food, will be going back for sure next year

  111. Tracey Tedford
    September 23, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Lanzarote

  112. Tamsin Dean
    September 23, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    We went to orlando, florida

  113. pauline black
    September 23, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Our last holiday was fuengirola in Spain. First time visiting Spain and I have to say I wasn’t keen to go. I always thought of Spain as a party place full of drunk teenagers and loud bars. I was soooooo wrong. It was beautiful and the food was amazing. Will definitely go back.

  114. Monika S
    September 23, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    Went to Poland with children to visit grandparents .

  115. Rachel Wise
    September 23, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Went to Devon with the kids – lovely and relaxing

  116. iona
    September 23, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Sounds like you had a great holiday, we went to Orkney & North Coast of Scotland – some amazing beaches.

  117. Sonia Vegas
    September 23, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    We visited to Norfolk, took a Seal watching trip at Blakeney and enjoyed fish and chips in Cromer by the sea : )

  118. Sammi McSporran
    September 23, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    Glasgow for my honeymoon 😀

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