Our region of the month is the 17 century old town of Le Mans, the former capital of the province of Maine that is easily accessible from Paris. This quiet town may be one of the best-kept secrets in France!
It is known as the Cité Plantagenet due to Geoffrey Plantagenet marrying Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England and gave birth to Henry II in 1129. The old town has narrow streets with stone houses, many with intricate details, colombage (timbered buildings) with slate common to this area of France. A highlight of the town is Saint Julien Cathedral.
Le Mans is known for its pork rillettes, a kind of boiled pork, being their culinary specialty. Rillettes are available at almost every meat shop in town, and it makes for the perfect sandwich spread on some fresh baguette. Make sure you take a trip to beautiful Le Mans if only for the pork rillettes.
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