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Calvados Experience in Normandy


I recently visited Normandy for the first time and wanted to share a relatively new attraction I discovered that I hadn’t seen in any guidebooks or forums. The Calvados Experience in the town of Pont-l’Evêque is a multi-sensory introduction to a delicacy made only in Normandy. We were staying in Honfleur and this was only about 20 minutes away by car. We went around midday on a weekday and were the only ones there the entire time. The descriptions of the attraction are vague at best, so we weren’t really sure what we were getting ourselves into. Upon arrival, we had to wait about 10 minutes for the next “experience” to begin. We were then ushered into a dark room where a video began. What followed was a journey through seven rooms that illuminated the sights, sounds, and smells of the region and, specifically, of this unique beverage. The experience allows the visitors to walk through the entire production process, culminating in a tasting of two different types of calvados. The whole thing takes about an hour, though one could certainly spend all day in the tasting room. At €12.5, I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone visiting the region.

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On the Overlord tour. Some one asks if we can stop for cheese. All agreed.

I try the Camembert--I taste and smell cow.

I try the calvados--cow.

I pass on the cheese and buy a small bottle of calvados, in a commemorative bottle with US and French flag.

On the train back to Paris I take a swig or three--cow.

Get to Orleans the next day--I swear that the wall paper smells funny. Cow? Maybe switch rooms?

That's it--poured the rest of the cow down the drain.

Back home a year+ later. I try a more upscale version of calvados (after telling my waiter the whole story).

Not bad. Todo es muy bueno.

Next day? Cow.

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Barbra - sorry you didn’t get a more apple sensation than bovine. Were you maybe tasting Cowvados?