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Le 35 bis


Popped under the water to France last weekend on Le Shuttle (mainly to re-stock ourselves with wine) and paid a worthwhile 24 hour visit to Lille. We ate vanilla filled waffles, canard with thyme and honey, drank cocktails and gazed at beautiful shop windows, pastries, fresh market produce and modern art. For photos, follow @onesugarplease over on Instagram.

We stayed overnight at a fantastic little B&B called Le 35 bis. Situated conveniently around the corner from a metro line into the city, the B&B was clean, stylish, comfortable and run by the lovely and helpful Jamila. Can’t recommend a stay there enough.

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A Weekend in Normandy: Food and Drink

You can’t really return from France not having eaten plentiful amounts of good food – I certainly have eaten some fantastic foods in my visits as a child. I have fond memories of eating freshly picked apricots, flan (a custard tart), moules et frites and escargots (snails) and while in Honfleur last weekend, I re-indulged in some of those again. After buying our bargain priced bottles of wine from Cite Europe in Calais, for the first evening we arrived in Honfleur we drank delicious local cider and I ate salmon rillete (a kind of pate) and moules et frites. On the Saturday, we went to the farmers market in the main square full of stalls selling fresh vegetables, meats and fish. The radish bunches looked so sweet, like pink bouquets. It was a shame I couldn’t buy a load of fresh produce to make a huge evening meal for us, but not sure the B&B owners would have liked me using their kitchen! We bought delicious patisseries and went to a lovely tea salon in the afternoon- La Petit Chine, for own-blended teas and complimentary apricot jellies and biscuits. Finally, for dinner Saturday evening, we went to a place called La Cidrerie where we drank even more cider (!) and I tried ‘Le Galichot’, which is inbetween a crepe and a blinini, topped with soft goats cheese and creme fraiche. We brought home cider and wine, some apricots and Fleur de Sel caramels which are a Normandy special. Wonder how long they’ll last for…