Thursday, June 25, 2009

Le Mésange, and a Painter Discovery

Le Mésange is a chambre d’hôte or B&B and is in the Pays d'Auge region, close to Lisieux and 35 kms de la Côte Fleurie and within reach of the Normandy beaches. When we arrived at Le Mésange we met Didier and Roselyne Sementzeff who showed us the four delightful suites they had in this refurbished country home. Four themed rooms are offered: music, mountain, sea and countryside. We stayed in the mountain room with wall hangings of skis, boots, suitable paintings. We wished we could stay longer than one night but our schedule would not permit this.

Didier was a professional photographer, retired from his profession to operate this attractive guest home. His career was victimized by the digital revolution that puts a high definition camera and editing software in everyone's hand.

This year Didier is constructing several cottages on his acreage for additional guests. His wife is a children’s nurse in a nearby city. They make their own jams and breads and croissants. You can purchase the jams. Breakfast was superb and their hospitality was compelling. For me, what topped it, were the original paintings throughout the building. They are the work of his internationally renowned father, Michel Sementzeff. I will tell you more about him tomorrow. You can purchase his work too if you have ten to thirty thousand spare dollars kicking around. Here is one alluring sample. More tomorrow.

• Didier SEMENTZEFF (Le Mésange)
• Chemin des Forges Mézières
• 14140 Le Mesnil Durand
• Tel.1 : 02 31 63 51 91
• Port.: 06 60 18 02 04


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