Tuesday, October 4, 2016
04.10.2016 - 05.10.2016
Another very nice hotel breakfast at our Honfleur hotel and then we checked out. Ed got the car and parked on the sidewalk in front of the hotel (like everyone else) so we could load the luggage. It worked and we were soon on our way.
We zipped through the French countryside, around Rouen where we saw the cathedral towers in the distance, and on to Lyons-la-Fôret where we parked and walked around taking pictures until our restaurant opened. We fell in love with the Plus Beau Village of Lyons-la-Forêt years ago and can understand why many movies have been made here. It looked prosperous and there have been improvements since our last visit. Thankfully, Les Lions de Beauclerc hasn’t changed much and all changes are for the better. It was lovely. We were greeted at the door as we approached. I think he’d seen us checking the menu earlier as we were sightseeing. We got a table near the French door to the terrace which thankfully he closed because it was chilly outside.
We’d already decided on the 19.90 euro menu and both of us got the paté compagne which was delicious and we thought had the best vinaigrette of the trip. We both got pintade (guinea hen) with mushrooms, salad and vegetables . . . all excellent. We ended with fondant au chocolat and a caramel sauce that was perfect. Great lunch and fitting farewell to France for this year. [Les Lions de Beauclerc, 7 rue de l’Hotel de Ville, 27480 Lyons-la-Forêt, +33 (0)2 3249-1890; Les Lions de Beauclerc web site]
We walked around town taking pictures and had a bit of trouble finding the three water mills we had photographed years ago. They were still there; we had just taken a different street and the town has put in a lovely park you can walk through to get there. I even got a photo of the cormorants we saw years ago . . . well, maybe two different cormorants. Took a few more pictures before getting in the car for the long trip to the Château de Maffliers.
The Novotel in Maffliers is a bit hard to find but we did it. Our first room was not what we had reserved so we went down to the desk and changed it. I had ordered a triple so we’d have room to put our suitcases to repack them for the plane trip home. They were very nice about it but the clerk seemed surprised that the original room wasn’t a triple. Don’t they know which room is which?
We’re now settled in and repacked for the trip tomorrow. I can’t connect my phone to the Internet so can’t set up an LFM account. Annoying . . . but I checked my balance and we’re okay until the next trip so I'm not going to worry about it. I’ll try again next time. I'm sure it's a problem with a very old cell phone, not the SIM card because it's worked well for years. Santa is seriously thinking about bringing me a new cell phone next Christmas so I can set up the account next year when we're here.
We walked up to the château and took a few pictures. Then walked to the equestrian center and watched some riding lessons. Fun. Then back to relax, transfer pictures and check in for our flight tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll sleep well because tomorrow will be tiring . . .