Last weekend I was invited by the Tourist Office of the Eure department to discover this region of the « Haute Normandy » that I didn’t know yet.
We spent such a wonderful weekend the Boyfriend and I visiting the city of Lyons-la-Forêt, a farm and a press room, dining in a delicious bistrot, doing some shopping in nice secondhand stores, strolling through the countryside, meeting nice people, staying in the house of happiness and relaxing in a Nuxe spa… Come live this Normand experience with us!
I took so many pictures that I’ve decided to devote 2 articles to our little trip: the first one about the city of Lyons-la-Forêt and a second one next week about the neighboring villages. Let’s go!
We were very lucky with the weather on Saturday because we had a blue sky with a bright sun the whole day so driving in these conditions was just great! It just took us 1h30 from Paris to arrive at Lyons-la-Forêt. What a charming city, it’ easy to understand why it’s listed among the “Loveliest Villages in France”: half-timbered facades, colored cob and red brick, we are clearly in Normandy! On Saturday morning when we arrived we were hungry because we didn’t have time to have breakfast so we entered in the boulangerie on the main square. They recommend us to have their specialty: a puff pastry baguette with salted butter. It was so good that we quickly forgot about the calories.Then, we went to this charming “Boutique des 4 Fermières” to buy cute cards and then to this lovely secondhand store L’Empreinte. We only bought a few things but if we could we would have bought the whole shop! La Boutique des 4 Fermières – 5 place Isaac Benserade – 27480 LYONS-LA-FORET L’Empreinte – 28 place Isaac Benserade – 27480 LYONS-LA-FORET
I got a glimpse of an old car from far away so you know me, I had to come closer and when I did I discovered another one. Here we are the the Grand Cerf Hôtel & Spa. We didn’t sleep in the hotel but we were lucky to be able to have dinner at le Bistrot du Grand Cerf, one of their 3 restaurants (they also have a gourmet restaurant: la Licorne Royale and a creperie: les Lions de Beauclerc). And we were not disappointed, on the contrary! First of all, wonderful decoration 100% country-style with deers everywhere and, second of all, amazing food! We had a delicious mushroom soup, followed by a wild boar sausage with lentils and for dessert a chocolate and chestnut cake. I’m drooling just by writing it! The least we can say is that with my Le Bazar Exquis deer necklace I truly blended into the scenery.Le Bistrot du Grand Cerf - 20 place Isaac Benserade – 27480 LYONS-LA-FORET
I also had the pleasure to spend a delicious relaxing time at the Nuxe spa by splashing around in the pool and then by having a 1h massage in this tree house. I almost fell asleep, it really was magical. Spa Balnéo Nuxe – 20 place Isaac Benserade – 27480 LYONS-LA-FORET
We loved so much strolling in the Normand countryside and its sparkling colors even during the month of December, having contact with the flock, admiring the castles and the abbeys, walking in the corn and beet fields, feel the scent of the forest…the normand air gave us a great lift!
In a few words, we were delighted by the charm and the authenticity of Lyons-la-Forêt. We didn’t have that much time to visit the city so we will make sure to come back in Spring. I’d like to thank warmly l’Office de tourisme de l’Eure for this charming journey in the Eure department!
Next week, I will talk to you about the pressroom and the farm we visited but most of all, I will talk to you about the 2 things I loved the most : the meeting with a caring couple and the house of happiness where we slept so stay tuned!