Home to calvados, cider, and Camembert, this charming little corner of France once welcomed in the countryâ€™s renegade Impressionists and still holds some secretsâ€”if you know where to look.
Populated with apple orchards, calvados-swilling locals, and many a wheel of Camembert, Normandy is impossibly bucolic. Like something out of an Impressionist painting, this northwest corner of France was, indeed, ground zero for painters like Monet, Courbet, and Renoir in the movementâ€™s heyday. Today, handmade Camembert and small-batch cider is rarer than in the 19th century, but glimpses of Normandyâ€™s heritage can still be foundâ€”provided youâ€™ve got an expert guide. Hereâ€™s our cheat sheet to the regionâ€™s treasures, breakfast pudding to wild mushrooms. And to dig deeper, read our full feature on how apples rule Norman cuisine.