Normandy’s best bucket-sized moules frites in a crazy bohemian shack on the beach – walls daubed with huge nude paintings – where you grab a chair, share an old trestle table with friendly strangers, dig your toes in the sand and write your own order on a scrap of paper (provided) to take to the bar. Oysters and teurt-goule (cinnamon rice pudding) available too. Chaotic and noisy with a proud reputation for being “the worst restaurant in France and possibly all of Europe”. But who cares? – just enjoy the sun while you wait. The cider’s pretty good too.
La Plage, Blainville-sur-Mer, Normandy
+33 (0)2 33 47 22 72
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Timisoara is the birthplace of Romania’s bloody revolution. It bursts with culture, history and beauty, with a ring of parks, a lovely river, pretty squares, colourful trams, an opera house, a theatre-in-the-park, museums and a sensational art gallery. It was the first town to publish a newspaper (1771); to light its streets (using suet and oil in 1760); to have horse-drawn trams (1867). Architecturally, it is dubbed “Little Vienna”. Wander through the Easter craft stalls amid a million intricately decorated eggs – Romania’s traditional symbol of new life. But go now, before this enchanting city is ravaged: the next revolution might be mass tourism.
Timisoara is easy to reach from the UK via Munich; or via fabulous 8-hour train journey from Bucharest along Danube and through Transylvanian Alps. Try Hotel Central, bang in the heart of the city: no-frills, clean and cheap (rooms from 37 euro) with good reviews.
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