A small village, Beaumont-en-Auge may be, but itís certainly not without its charms. Located in the beautiful Calvados area of the Pays díAuge with hilly prairies, half-timbered houses, fields dotted with apple trees, and the sweet smell of Calvados in the air, this is Normandy at its finest. The town itself boasts pretty half-timbered houses, typical of the region, and a number of small shops selling crafts. A little restaurant overlooking the square with a statue of influential French scholar Pierre-Simon Laplace, is delightful and friendly, inviting passers-by to come in. Whilst youíre here, why not visit one of the last kaleidoscope manufacturers in France. And, for a wonderful day trip out, go fossil-hunting at nearby Villers-sur-mer, or go tasting at one of the many vineyards and local cheese producers for a gastronomic treat.