We Dutch sleep at most on transit, but just 500 kilometers from here is a perfect region for classic riders: Haute Normandie.
The rolling area is completely French, but because of its many half-timbered houses German, and because of its open open landscape with sturdy bushes often English.
In terms of tourism, Honfleurs and of course toppers. But there it is full of Asian tourists. And you don't want to be there. But the interior is absolutely top. To drive. To visit local markets so that your partner remains extremely happy. There are terraces. Restaurants and places to sleep.
Chambres d'Hôtes en Bed are speckled throughout the area and nowadays almost all of them speak at least some sort of English. We ended up in La Neuville du Bosc, a hamlet about ten kilometers from Le Neubourg. There is a private parking space for about four classics and their occupants, who then have a whole house with three bathrooms at their disposal. And how quiet it is there? The photo was taken during the evening rush hour and on the other side of the garden wall is a graveyard. The kitchen and washing facilities - also for clothing, including a dryer - were absolutely fine. And in Le Neubourg we found a few good and affordable restaurants (where our dog was allowed in too).
Homeowner Claire Cailliot can be reached via email@example.com. She speaks english.
Oh yes: In France there is a mild resentment that all French classics and the same parts have been bought up by the Dutch over the years. And you hardly see any more classics.
Certainly no forgotten treasures ... Too bad ...