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Do stop at the tourist office and get a walking map of Lyons la Foret. It is the perfect walking village, a quaint sight at every turn. You would feel you'd gone back in time if the cars would disappear!
The Three Mills are signposted so easy enough to find. The area is just spectacular in nearly any season and when you get back by the mills, which look like three cute half-timbered houses, you can look over the bridge out into the countryside. It is utterly idyllic with grazing cattle and ducks on a pond.
Updated Mar 21, 2007
Address: At the bottom of the hill by the river
Downhill from the central market about two blocks is this corner creperie / salon de the. They have a fireplace inside on chilly days and for the sunny days, go down the side alley and there is terrace seating.
Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee on the terrace. Life doesn't get much better.
Written Apr 17, 2006
This Abbey ruin is another great place to explore. It was constructed in th 12th century. The church had a length of 90 meters, but was abandoned during the french revolution. One of the buildings was reconstructed and now houses a museum where you can get information about monastery life and the history of the buildings. Just a few meters away you will find the pigeon house, which was an important source of supplies for the monks. The Abbey is situated in a nice park, where you can relax a little - unfortunatley we had no time for that...
In my opinion, Jumi?ges was more impressive, but this Abbey was also nice to see.
Written Oct 11, 2005
Perhaps this tip should be in the category "Off the Beaten Path", but I think that in this case, most or all tips of this region belong in this category...
The "Chapelle St. Jean" is a small, beautiful 17th century chapel near the river Lieure, near to the town of Lyons-La-Foret. The chapel was closed when we arrived and I really don't know if it is open. It is said that there is a path leading to a huge oak tree (Chêne St. Jean). However, I didn't found that tree.(Please check my travellog for further details on this...)
Updated Oct 10, 2005
We were visiting Lyons-la-Foret in Normandy on our way to Giverny and decided to eat lunch there. We stopped at the tourist information office and the lady there suggested Les Lions de Beauclerc. It was right up the street and is a hotel with a downstairs restaurant. There is outdoor seating but it was a chilly autumn day so we opted to eat inside. It was warm and cozy and there were lots of locals mixed in with the few November tourists. There is an antique shop attached to the hotel restaurant.
The service was excellent; the food was excellent; the price was reasonable and the experience was very pleasant.
Favorite Dish: We ate there and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a very good vegetable soup as a starter . My husband got a galette “complète” and I got a hot goat cheese salad. He got a wonderful apple Tarte Normande and I got the fondant au chocolat, easily my favorite dessert.
Updated Nov 6, 2005
Address: 7 rue de l'Hotel de Ville