Souvenir shopping in Normandy

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Shopping for Souvenirs and Gifts in Normandy:

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When it’s time to go home , why not spend a half day shopping for memories…

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 (Picture of a shop in Honfleur by Paul Indigo on 500px.com)

FOOD

Cheese: Supermarkets and also local producers e.g. Graindorge (at Livarot, 14140)

Cider: Supermarkets and also local producers e.g. La ferme du Bisson (61210 Bazoches au Houlme)

Calvados: Supermarkets & also local producers e.g. Calvados Dupont ( Victot-Pontfol 14430)

Wine & Liqueurs: Supermarkets – Take a look at sparkling Loire wines such as Saumur & Vouvray which challenge champagne in quality & value. You can also buy direct from local Producers e.g. Arpents du Soleil – the only vineyard in Normandy (Vendeuvre 14170) Benedictine liqueur, originally made by Norman monks in 1510 is still made in Normandy (Le Palais, Fecamp, 76400)

Beer: The supermarket is good value for most European beers & there are some boutique local producers e.g. including award winning Englishman Steve Skewes ‘Le Brewery’ at Joué du Bois 61320.

Caramels: look for the local brands in supermarkets & also direct from local producers e.g. Caramels d’Isigny( Isigny sur Mer,14230)Caramels

Biscuits: (often in very nice tins/packaging) Supermarkets & local producers e.g. les Sables d’Asnelles (Asnelles, 14960)

Honey:  look for the locally made products in supermarkets, Markets & also buy direct from local Producers e.g. Le Monde Merveilleux des Abeilles (La Vaquerie 14240)

Linen: Specialty shops e.g. ‘Passionnement Lin’ at Cabremer 14340

Unusual:

  • Asses’ milk: Mélisâne (61500 Le Bouillon)
  • Mares’ milk products chevalait.com (buy from Marjolane 89 rue Hasting 14700 Falaise, )
  • Saffron: Safran de Normandie (14700 La Hoguette) ,
  • Lavender : La Paix Lavandes  at St Germain du Crioult 14110)
  • Snails : Escargots de l’Odon (Saint Georges D’Aunay, 14260) Poire William

BOOKS & DVDs

From museum shops and general bookshops/newsagents/supermarkets & department  stores

PRINTS and postcards of famous paintings of Normandy

Available from museum shops in the region, but also online at www. allposters.com & http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/en/

POTTERY & HAND PAINTED CHINA

Brocante Markets for second hand  & Specialty shops for new  eg Poteries Turgis (14490 Noron la Poterie) and Faiencerie de Sées (25 rue Billy Sées 61500)

LACE

Museum shops eg. at Alençon: Musée de Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle (Cour Carrée de la Dentelle Alençon 61000) & Bayeux  (Conservatoire de la Dentelle 2 rue Bienvenu Bayeux) NB genuine handmade  lace is extremely expensive, so beware of imitations.

COPPER

Specialty shops in Villedieu-les-Poêles: Atelier du Cuivre (54, Rue du Général Huard 50800 Villedieu-les-Poêles)  & the Bell Foundry  ( www.cornille-havard.fr  at 11 Rue du Pont Chignon, 50800 Villedieu-les-Poêles.)

ANTIQUES & BROCANTE :pre-loved collectables eg ornaments, vintage post cards etc

Available from frequent vide greniers ( attic/carboot sales) & shops e.g in the tourist towns & villages of Honfleur, Trouville, Bayeux , Beuvron –en- Auge etc . Also the provincial capitals of Alençon & Caen.

Main towns have frequent local auctions (www.interencheres.fr)

 

IDEAS FOR LOW COST, LIGHT to carry home, GENERAL SOUVENIRS OF FRANCE

Toiletries (including men’s ranges), Make up, Hair accessories, Perfumes, Soaps,

  • Scented Candles Available from supermarkets, pharmacies and department stores
  • Clothes: scarves, hats, children’s clothes. Available from supermarkets and department stores
  • Tote bags, Shopping bags – with Normandy themes. Available from supermarkets & department stores
  • Pebbles & Shells from the Normandy Beaches. ( N.B. sand could be interpreted as soil and might not be permitted to be taken into non-European countries)gift wrap france

 

( wrapping tip: tricolor ribbon is cheaper in the UK & US – we share the same patriotic red ,white and blue!)

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