In 1837, Victor Hugo visited Montreuil-sur-Mer. A few years later, he located most of the first part of his most famous novel Les Misérables in the town.
Each year, 500 volunteers don the costumes of the characters of the novel for a performance of Les Misérables. Mixing fiction and reality, a human story enfolds in the atmospheric setting of the Citadel.
This year, the eight shows will take place on 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th July and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of August.
Une symphonie des sens!
Montreuil-sur-Mer and La Destination Gastronomique (https://ladestinationgastronomique.com/journal/) are running the second annual festival for all the senses on Sunday, June 23rd in Montreuil-sur-Mer, France (just a 45 minute drive from Calais). From 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Montreuil will become a theatre of food, wine and music.
This year, the event is centred on the Place du General de Gaulle and the Place Verte/Place Darnétal (with plenty of seating and places to perch in both) with additional stands in Rue d’Hérambault and Rue des Cordonniers, which link the two squares. Visitors will be able to buy food and drinks around the town using special event vouchers that can be purchased from the Tourist Office, as well as in the Place du General de Gaulle and the Place Verte.
This year’s featured wine region is Languedoc, with five wines from the area available to buy by the glass (2 reds, 2 whites, one rosé – as well as soft drinks for children). Visitors will be able to wander through the picturesque streets, a drink in hand, trying the creations prepared by our chefs and artisan food producers, to the accompaniment of the many different styles of music on offer throughout the day (10 different bands in total).
New Passport for La Destination Gastronomique – What’s more natural for a destination than to offer a passport? Being launched at the festival, the new passport can be purchased for €30 and offers unique benefits throughout the year in each of the members establishments of the La Destination Gastronomique, all of whom will be represented at the event.
Join us for the Symphonie des Sens! to discover Montreuil-sur-Mer and its astonishing foodie scene: its cheese and chocolate shops, wine merchants, restaurants, bakers and delicatessens … all part of an outstanding Gastronomic Destination that will excite your senses throughout the year.
Times journalist Carolyn Boyd spent a weekend in the Montreuil-sur-Mer area this month, visiting Maison 76, La Grenouillère, Le Crotoy, Saint-Valery, Le Clos des Capucins and Le Caveau .
“A Weekend in Montreuil-sur-Mer” was published in the Times, London, on 20th. October.
The Times (pdf)
“When it comes to a foodie weekend in France, there are certain things on most wish lists: markets, wine, cheese, Michelin stars if you can, some seafood if possible and something to take home (preferably more wine).
So it is most convenient that the small town of Montreuil-sur-Mer has reinvented itself as “La Destination Gastronomique” and ticks every box.”
The Dutch travel blog frankrijk.nl visited Montreuil recently.
Carole and Josee travelled to the Pas-de-Calais region from Amsterdam. Charmed by the town of Montreuil-sur-Mer and the surrounding area, they wrote of their favourite places to stay. (In Dutch & German)
Susanna Scott, (left) who blogs as A Modern Mother, visited Montreuil-sur-Mer for the weekend with a couple of friends
“Sometimes you just have to get away with the girlfriends.
No kids, no dinners to prepare – just a little self-indulgence and delight.
Our weekend trip to Montreuil-sur-Mer was long in the making.
One of my friends had visited the Michelin-starred La Grenouillere and raved about it.
Its chef, Alexandre Gauthier, is a bit of a rock star in the foodie world. He caught the eye of President Obama after serving him local Licques chicken at the Paris COP21 conference. Then in 2016 Gauthier was named France’s top chef by Gault et Millau Guide – in some circles this trendy guide is even more prestigious than Michelin.
My friend went on to say it wasn’t the pretentious and overrated “experience” you can get in some of the UK’s top restaurants (not naming names but seriously do you need to serve a meal with an iPod piping in the sound of crashing waves). Plus La Grenouillère is nearly half the price of somewhere like the Fat Duck (oops, I named names). Then I saw this video and just had to try it!
So yes we planned our weekend around a meal at La Grenouillère! In fact, Montreuil-sur-Mer has a reputation as “La Destination Gastronomique!”
There are lots of foodie shops in the main Square, an awesome Saturday market and very reasonable restaurants and bistros with top notch food. And if you tire of eating (is there such a thing?) you can explore Cote d’Opale. PLUS all of this is just under an hour from the crossings and the locals even seem to like English speakers (at least they tolerate them!). I started to wonder why I hadn’t visited Montreuil-sur-Mer before.”
Montreuil-sur-Mer and La Destination Gastronomique are featured in the spring edition of The Good Life France, a magazine for English-speaking expats in France:
The Good Life France
Une Symphonie Des Sens 6th May 2018
A Symphony Of The Senses was a festival of food, wine, music and vintage cars, presented by La Destination Gastronomique, in Montreuil-sur-Mer, on Sunday 6th May 2018.
Photos: © Christian Plard
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