Fécamp, France

Do you recognize these bottles?


They are Bénédictine – a herbal liqueur – made exclusively in Palais Bénédictine of Fécamp. Said to contain 27 herbs and spices, using a secret recipe guarded through generations, it is the sole reason we made a detour to the coastal town of Normandy.

At first sight, the palace has an elaborate and highly decorative exterior.

As for its interiors, we never had the opportunity to find out. Because Palais Bénédictine has a tricky opening hour. From 10th Feb to 31st March, its morning hours are 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Except that, the last admission is really one hour earlier. Long story short, we arrived at the door 11:30 am, just in time to miss it.

Before leaving Fécamp, we drove up to Cap Fagnet. With its wind farm,


and a panoramic view of Côte d’Albâtre, it is the highest point on the Alabaster coast.



There’s also a lovely little chapel Notre-Dame du Salut. An old gentlemen who happened to be passing by kindly let us in and turned the lights on. The outside walls are made of seashells, and the inside adorned with nautical motif.

On our way back to the car, we encountered a lone ewe who had just given birth.


We observed in silence as she circled around her newborn licking him encouraging him to get up. We hoped the little one could make it.


After a picnic lunch overlooking the coast, we returned to Palais Bénédictine in hopes that the museum store might still be open. I had my eyes set on these Bénédictine-filled chocolate to take home. Plus now that we had food in the stomach, we were set to do some Bénédictine tasting.


Sadly by then, the store was also closed. So no booze for us <period>


So with a bleeding heart, we left Fécamp acknowledging the fact that, the Bénédictine was just NOT meant to be.

Palais Bénédictine
Address: 110 Rue Alexandre le Grand, 76400 Fécamp, France
Phone: +33 2 35 10 26 10
Webpage: http://www.benedictinedom.com/global/en/home.aspx

***The REALLY IMPORTANT Opening times 2017

10th Feb to 31st March: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm –
5:30 pm

1st Apr to 7th July: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

8th July to 3rd Sept: 10:00 am – 6:45 pm non-stop
(ticket office closes at 6:00 pm)

4th Sept to 5th Nov: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

6th Nov to 15th Dec: morning (contact us) and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

16th Dec to 7th Jan 2018: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm –
5:30 pm

***Morning and Afternoon: the last admission is one hour earlier
and the shop closing time is 30 minutes later

Tea Room and Shop:
10:00 am – 7:00 pm non-stop: week-ends in May, June and September.

Closing Days: 1st May, 25th December and 1st January.

9 thoughts on “Fécamp, France

  1. Really like the pic of the ewe. Sorry you just missed being admitted. When we went to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, they closed 3 hours early. Right as we arrived at the gate they closed it. Next time.

    We are going to be in Seattle for 2 days. Would you like to meet us in person for coffee or just to say hi? You can email me at: jebusandandrea@outlook.com and I’ll let you know when we’ll be in Seattle. So excited to see mountains again.

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    1. Thank you so much Jebusandandrea. Oh is that the cemetery with Oscar Wilde’s tomb? I so wanted to visit. But we could not squeeze it into the schedule this past time. Will have to remember next time around. Welcome to Seattle, I will email you 🙂


      1. Yes! Jim Morrison is buried there too. Can’t wait to see Seattle. We are headed abck to Victoria and will be bouncing around. We didn’t like the flight times flying home so we decided to hop over to Seattle, stay a couple nights and fly home from there. Plus, that ferry ride from Victoria is gorgeous.

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  2. I visited Fécamp last year, as I had (and am) working in the Normandy region. Was only there for half a day; I didn’t get to visit the Palais Bénédictine, but I did get to try some of the liquor when my roommate who’d also visited brought it back (very strong, but well-spiced and I liked it!). Glad you found Fécamp beautiful!

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