It is these stays in the French regions that we appreciate for being able to slow down time and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Stroll in a village and stop at the terrace of a café, take the road by bike and explore the surrounding countryside, go see the flagship monuments and then end up enjoying the good regional products bought in a grocery store or that we taste at the table of a good restaurant. In Calvados, the town of Livarot is renowned for its position allowing quick access to several Norman treasures, but also and above all, because it reveals the secrets of making PDO cheeses from the Pays d’Auge in the essential cheese dairy of the village. So, ready for a gourmet, nature and culture getaway in Normandy?
Immerse yourself in the secrets of making PDO cheeses
Are not the autumn and winter periods the best times of the year to arouse your taste buds and go and taste all that makes up the gastronomic richness of the regions? In the real cheese village of Livarot, a passage through the cheese factory E. graindroge offers much more than the simple purchase of local specialties in its shop. The place is also intended to be an educational and awareness-raising place around ancestral know-how and values shared by several generations of cheese makers.
The cheese factory has been in Livarot since 1910 and it is here that today visitors have the opportunity to discover the cheese workshops through a corridor of glass galleries. This unique route immerses the public in the heart of the functioning of a cheese company and allows them to discover the different stages of production of a Norman PDO cheese. Various educational materials enrich the course and make it fun and interactive: explanatory panels, films, games, not to mention the application to which you can connect upon arrival in the Cheese Village. Through quizzes and various information unveiled in the form of “Le sais-tu”, Father Eugene reveals to parents and children all the cheese-making secrets that are the pride of an entire territory. From the arrival of the milk to the packaging of the cheeses, it is captivating to dive into the heart of the methods and work that lead to the design of high quality products.
The visit is free, as is the moment of tasting which concludes the tour of the premises. Tasting cheeses is taking the time to grasp their subtlety and specificity, share a convivial moment and definitely make you want to leave with a few copies of the 4 Normandy PDO cheeses. Livarot, Pont-l’Évêque, Camembert de Normandie and Neufchâtel are available in the cheese shop and we will also take pleasure in asking professionals about the best ways to highlight their taste in various gourmet recipes at revise at home.
Discover Livarot and its surrounding treasures
If from Antiquity to the XVIIe century, the municipality of Livarot was specialized in metallurgy, it is indeed its flagship product the cheese “Colonel” which brought it prosperity during the XIXe century until the mid-twentiethe century. After having spent a delicious moment in the famous cheese dairy of the town, let’s take the time to highlight especially what makes the Pays d’Auge a territory to discover absolutely during a family vacation. To stop in Livarot is first of all to take the time to discover an authentic Norman village. We inevitably go to see the Saint-Ouen church and its 19th century organe century classified as an object of historical monuments. Then, a detour to the Manoir de l’Isle offers a pleasant stroll in the heart of a flowery park bypassing the sublime residence built by Georges Bisson, former cheese maker and mayor of Livarot.
At another time, we get on a bike to conquer the beautiful rolling countryside of the Pays d’Auge. Guided bike tours with electric assistance are possible, including routes on country lanes and gastronomic breaks, cheese dairy and cider house. Not to be missed either, a stop by the Steam Machine, testimony of Livarot’s industrial past.
Architecture lovers, two monuments are a must-see in the area. Starting with the splendid Le Kinnor castle, which in addition to having been elected “Jewel of construction at the end of the XVIe “and to shelter in its park the oldest plane tree of the Orient of France, was a place of love between the writer François-René de Chateaubriand and Delphine de Custine. Another exceptional manor in more than one respect, the Manor de Bellou is worth a look for its XV architecturee and XVIe centuries, its half-timbered facades, its half-timbered dovecote, its 16th century paintingse or even its 17th century stablese.
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