SPRING IS IN THE AIR

At last it’s 2016,  New Year and Spring is in the air, now is the time to start thinking of your French holiday. We are booking up fast, so if you are thinking of taking a week or two in a typical French country town, with a wonderful weekly market, Brocantes all through the summer beaches with about 1/2 hours drive, plus loads of other amenities close by, or a quiet peaceful holiday, with amenities within walking distance then Pres De La Foret is just up your street. Contact us now for details, see www.presdelaforet.com

 

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CHOCOLATE FACTORY – A MUST!!!!

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Having recently visited again, this is a must for an afternoon out. Fantastic handmade chocolates to die for
Tucked away, but definitely worth a trip the chocolate factory at Beussant. Take a look at the website www.choco-france.com

Downstairs by the side of an unassuming bungalow is a wonderful chocolate shop, and then down into the basement where the most amazing aroma greets you.   All the chocolates are freshly hand made, and you will definitely want to take some home.

 

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Its about 75 euros for a personal tour,  but if you join a group, its a lot less expensive, and you get some to taste as wellIMG_0446

BROCANTE

There are some wonderful Brocantes coming up in and around Hesdin in the next few weeks..

In August around 8/9/10th is the Hesdin Brocante, anyone who loves a bargain should visit this wonderful French country town. It has a wonderful atmosphere, and there are always plenty of bargains to be had. The Canache river runs through the town, with its beautiful houses, with bountiful hanging flower baskets and as always, bars, restaurants, boulangeries, a plenty.

Enjoy a coffee and croissant at the many cafes, people watch,  meet friends and chat.

Les Miserables is showing in Montreuil, from 31/07/2015, a must see, also worth a visit are the ramparts of Monteuil, and the most divine chocolates. Chocolate de Beussent is just 10 km north of Montreal on the D127.

We have just the place to enjoy all of the above with a holiday at , Pres De La Foret which is the perfect getaway. A home from home, see our reviews. available now for your French break.

BROCANTE SEASON

now and over the next few months there are some fantastic Brocantes in and around Hesdin, just the place to visit, to pick up the odd curio, and when you have had enough of the Brocantes, how about.
The Fromagerie in Montreuil-sur-mer, which is also open on sunday morning. Also, the Chocolaterie also in Montreuil-sur-mer.

Market days

Montreuil Saturday
Hesdin Thursday
Etaples Tuesday and Friday
Le Touquet Thursday and Saturday
Berck Tuesday, Friday and Sunday (Place de la Marie) Wednesday and Saturday (Place de l’eglise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRINGTIME!

Spring has arrived France, and from April until September the 2nd Annual  Normandy Impressionist Festival offers an array of exhibitions and other events, in upper and lower Normandy.

 

In the city of Rouen in early June is the Armada Festival, with more than 50 tall ships sail into the harbour.

 

 

and much much more check back soon

 

 

JANUARY BLUES

Hey , we all know how January can make even the most energetic of us feel down at mouth.  Cold dreary weather, lack of sleep, etc, etc, To help you out of the doldrums, why not book a holiday!

Research shows that going on holiday is key to creating happiness,  A holiday gives you the time to do things that make you “happy”.  Here at Pres  De La Foret, we are all about being Happy.

Food, comfort food we all love it, but Omega 3 block chemicals that can cause a low mood.  Plenty of fresh fish can be bought at Etaples.

A local town with fantastic fish markets.  Salmon, mackerel,  tuna, crab, sardines, the choice is endless.  So fill up and take back to Pres De La Foret,  and cook up a storm.

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER

Today I am at home waiting for Christmas day to arrive. The tree is up and decorated all the food is gathered, cards are written., and presents are wrapped.

How much has changed in one year, friends and family who are no longer with us, children growing up and new additions. Very mild and inclement weather, but it’s all part of life tapestry .

We are looking forward to our new season at Pres De La Foret, welcoming new clients and old friends.

As always the work continues, and we have made some changes in the garden, planting trees and bushes and clearing others.

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NOVEMBER WINTER WARMER

A delicous thick and warming winter soup

INGREDIENTS

250 grams lentils (split)
1 leek (sliced)
1 sweet potato
2 large carrots
1 stick celery
1 glove garlic (finely chopped)
1 bay leaf
1.2 litres water
1 vegetable stock cube
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or chilli powder)
3 teaspoons bouillon powder, low salt.

METHOD

Place all ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Skim the top if necessary.   Cover and simmer for 20 – 25 mins,  or until vegetables are tender.

Allow soup to cool slightly,  remove the bay leaf. and puree the soup. Reheat ,  and season with black pepper.

Serve with fresh French baguette ,   optional grill some bacon, and add pieces to soup.