Wednesday, September 18, 2013

#574 Route du Cidre

In France, we followed the Cider Route through Normandy, just south of our port, Le Havre.  
Passing small farms, contented cows, apple orchards, and picturesque villages we sampled the juice of the forbidden fruit at two local cideries.
John Boyer, Semester At Sea faculty member and cider expert, led our group and offered a life lesson on proper uncorking. 
Here, all cider is hard cider. Calvados, fermented then distilled, has a higher alcohol content and didn't suit my palate. So I stuck to the cider or a mix of cider and apple juice called pommeau.   

Our guide, a former Semester at Sea student and long-time resident of France, suggested our last stop in Honfleur where we sampled ciders, butter cookies, and sea salt caramels overlooking the harbor.

Yours in wondering if Mr. Jefferson enjoyed the French cidre,

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