Villedieu-les-Poêles: A Pleasant Afternoon in Normandy

After departing from majestic Mont Saint-Michel, we made our way to the town of Bayeux, which would be our home base in Normandy. Along the way, we spent a few hours in another delightful Norman town, the tricky to spell but nice to visit Villedieu-les-Poêles.

We visited on a Sunday afternoon, and arrived in town just in time to catch the market. While there were lots of intriguing stands, we made a beeline to one spot in particular: the home of Le Gigantic Hotdog (a name I made up just now but which, as you see below, fits).

This large concoction received an enthusiastic thumbs up from me and my mom, noted French fry model:

We learned that the name Villedieu-les-Poêles essentially means “town of God and pots and pans.” This is fitting, as the town is known for its copper products. The stores are filled with them!

After eating our humongous hot dogs and browsing through some of the town’s shops, we continued to wander for a bit. This time mostly consisted of me taking a million pictures at flower shops, of which there are many in Villedieu-les-Poêles.

Before continuing on to Bayeux, we paused by the river to enjoy some dessert, a selection of French pastry from a bakery in town. I tried the Paris-Brest and Baba au Rhum – both delish!

The Bottom Line: For a small slice of ordinary, low-key French life, the town of Villedieu-les-Poêles makes a nice stop. If you can time your visit to when the market is open, even better!

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