Included in the registration  - Limited number of places - Booking mandatory (through the registration form)

The Social program on Wedesday 4 July afternoon will be divided in 2 tours :

  1. Bus to Château du Breuil
    > visit of Château du Breuil
    > bus to Honfleur
    > free time in Honfleur
    > begining of the Banquet at the "Petit grenier à sel"
  1. Free time in Caen
    > bus to Château du Breuil
    > visit of Château du Breuil
    > bus to Honfleur
    > begining of the Banquet at the "Petit grenier à sel"

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Banquet is included in the social program and will take place in Honfleur.
If you want to attend the banquet only, you will have to get there by your own means.

 

Sightseeing of Caen

Going from the docks of the marina to just outside the racecourse, from the streets of the bustling city centre to the silence of the Abbeys, from the colourful markets to gourmet restaurants, from the old districts to the modernity of the Peninsula is a beautiful discovery that you will experience during your visit.

The Tourism office of Caen provide brochures (French, English and Spanish) for people who want to visit the city and its surroundings, learn more about accomodation or participate to group activities.
See the brochures on the website

Château du Breuil / visit of the Distillery and Calvados tasting

Wednesday 4 July, afternoon

Normandy! A land of picturesque half-timbered houses, lush green pastures and apples orchards. A land of rich culinary tradition based on its fine local products: butter, cream, world famous cheeses and of course…apples ! Classified as a historic monument, the Château du Breuil proudly stands amoung its park with centenarial trees. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Château was the dwelling of the great families, as the Bouquetot, the Montgomery, the Bence… Today, the “Château du Breuil” is also one of most prestigious Calvados distilleries (created in 1954).

The distillation process takes place between the beginning of winter and June 30th of the following year. To make one liter of Calvados 100% pure alcohol, about 27 kg apples or 20 liters of 5% volume cider are necessary. Unlike Calvados “AOC”, Calvados with the AOC “Pays d’Auge” requires cider apples produced in Pays d’Auge area and a double distillation. It makes a finer Calvados, due to the quality of apples produced by the local soil, and to the elimination of the roughiest parts of the alcohol during the distillations.The Château du Breuil makes AOC Pays d’Auge Calvados only.

 

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"Petit Grenier à sel" in Honfleur / Banquet

Wednesday 4 July, 19:00

Honfleur is a maritime town with an ideal location inside the estuary of the River Seine. Being in turn a military stronghold, a well-known commercial port, an artistic town and the birthplace of many personalities, Honfleur has made its marks throughout French history. Untouched by the passage of time, this small port has kept the landmarks of its rich past, making it today one of the most visited towns in France.

The 2 salt granaries, from the end of the 17th century, are among the emblematic monuments of Honfleur. These buildings cut in stone and covered with tiles were built in 1670 by the General Farm of Gabelles with the approval of Colbert. The granaries were designed to house the salts needed for fishing for herring and cod. The salt granaries were one of the largest salt stores opened in Normandy. Most of the stones could come from the old fortifications of the city which go back to the reign of Charles V. The frame of the two buildings, made of chestnut wood, is a typical example of works made by marine carpenters. The large granary called "Aubert & Balley" and the small granary, "the Dauphin", are classified as historical monuments in 1916.

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