Thursday, 28 August 2014

#ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Since I got nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association
I might as well share it with you all! 

I nominate you all to do it! 
If not, please do donate at www.alsa.org

Please let me know when you've done it too!
Would love to see yours!! 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Road Trip Part 7 - Last Two Days


A rainy Sunday morning it was, not much can be done since it's raining. It's hard to enjoy a visit/tour to other chateaus around the area or anywhere else in this rain. First thing we saw was this roast chicken stall, when we first walked towards the little town of Lyon la Foret. Believe it or not, about an hour later and when we were walking back to the car heading towards Rouen again, they've completely sold out! We were so tempted to purchase one ourselves because it smell so good made our tummies grumbling. 


Lovely flowers for sale
Just happens so that they recently had a flower arranging competition too! 



My favorite



Stopping at a cafe before heading to Rouen

Since the rain did not stop, we headed back into Rouen to find a spot for lunch, where it felt like it was a ghost town. Don't be alarmed if you see don't see anyone around on a Sunday, it's practically like most places, Sunday is family day. We were about to give up looking for food until we stumble upon this place where we saw many locals! We thought we've hit the jackpot too! The restaurant Gill itself is part of the Reiais and Chateaux and is said to have one Michelin Star, shame we couldn't try it but the quality at the Bistro is just as good. 

Roast Chicken Leg with French Beans 
Smoke Salmon and Fennel Salad
Strawberry Tart and Raspberry Sorbet

We did walk past 'The Great Clock' (Le Gros Horloge) in Rouen again and didn't realize it's been converted into a museum. With a small entrance just below clock itself, only 30 people can walk up and down the clock tower itself at a time because of it's limited space. It's hard to believe that it survived all the wars since the 14th century. With a speaker guide, you'll learn the history and the maintenance from the clock keeper, as well as a magnificent view at the top of the tower viewing the town of Rouen.  





The Original Gears of the Clock



The lady in black was trying to explain what the remains of the structure is to my mom but since we didn't understand a word she said, we could only smile and nod our heads. 



If you think I'm weird, I think I know where I get my genes from! 




The Cider making room 
At the hotel where we stayed actually had a cider pressing room where it was functional till a couple of years ago. It is said that one massive barrel can feed a family's thirst for a whole year. Because water back then wasn't drinkable, so cider was their best bet. 


For our last dinner, we decided to head back to the restaurant where we first went when we arrived because we really enjoyed the food there and I guess it's safer to know there's restaurant opened on a Sunday too! 

Lobster and Foie Gras
Foie Gras

Calvados with sorbet 
Beef with Ratatouille 




Our last night 
 First thing we did after we left for the highway and on route to Calais again. We saw many of the classic cars again on the road! 


Back in England and we still saw  many of the classic cars back from France


Waiting to board into the train
Home Sweet Home
And how could we not have bought any cheeses from France either? Most people would go to Paris and shop down on Champ Elysees but as for us, we did another Carrefour shopping spree before returning to London. Food galore! I think the best of was the Camembert with Calvados in it! Shame I completely forgotten to take a photo of it before having any! 

Restaurant:
Gill Cote Bistro
14, Place du Vieux
Marche
76000 Rouen

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Road Trip Part 6 - Canard à la presse


So off we went to Lyons la Foret before heading to our next hotel, it's a really small town but filled with historical buildings and this little town is classified as one of the most beautiful and charming villages of France. 

A nice salad for lunch under the sun! 



Chateau Gaillard


I love the setting of where the hotel is located but mind you, we thought we'd even got lost or to keyed in the wrong address! But thankfully, we were at the right place except it was hidden behind a massive red brick wall which surrounds the chateaux all around. 



The 16th century bed I slept in for the next few days at Chateau de Bonnemare. yup... the bed I slept in was from the 16th century, the window's design are dated back to the 17th and 18th century and so were the rest of the decor of the room/suite, so where ever we stepped or sat, I felt like I was about to break something or somewhat... scary feeling that was. Especially when the owner of the chateau specifically asked us not to do certain things or how to sit on the bed and even the chairs.... I felt like I was living in a museum... There's more, the owner's family has owned the the chateau since 1888... 


Since we haven't had a chance to have a look around town yet, the owner of the chateau had kindly pointed out a few restaurants for us to try. We ended up going to a little town near by called Pont-Saint-Pierre and dined at the Auberge de l'Andelle.

Foie Gras


Monk Fish 
Casserole of Calf  
Veal with foie gras jus
Tough Choices
Iced Lime, Vodka with Combawa Lemon Cake
Strawberry Macaroon 
The next day... 
We travelled to the main town Rouen 






Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rouen 











Eglise Jeanne d'Arc - Vieux Marche 

La Couronne
As for dinner, we stumbled upon this restaurant after walking around Rouen. Believe it or not, but this place first begun in 1345 as an inn, I didn't believe what I read then, but still, that is just a small part of it's history. We actually wanted to sit downstairs at the room called "The Joan of Arc" but since we were walk-ins, we were moved up to a charming and very Norman decor room called "The Rotisseurs" 


Lobster Salad


Preparing for the duck 
Having a 'Blood Duck' is definitely a treat! It's one of France's specialties, if you ever get a chance to have it, go for it! Not many places do have this dish because of the preparation of serving the duck itself. It's definitely a treat.


More cheeses to end the evening with

Restaurants:
Auberge de l'Andelle 
27, Grande rue, 
27360 Pont-Saint-Pierre,
France 

La Couronne
31, Place du Vieux Marche,
76000 Rouen
France

Hotel: 
Chateau de Bonnemare
990 Chemin de Bacqueville,
27380 Radepont
France
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