Palais Bénédictine...

After the new and up-to-date posts of the last couple of days, I thought you might appreciate a little bit of history. Or a drink, or maybe both... So, if you like a little tipple, this post might interest you. When Monsieur and I took our little trip to Honfleur in France, we stopped off in Fécamp to visit the Palais Bénédictine. I didn't actually know we were going to visit that place until we got there. Monsieur had chosen it and wanted to surprise me and he did very well. 

The Palais Bénédictine is the place where the good Bénédictine Liqueur is made. Yes, this palace, is in actual fact a factory. And a palace. It is made up of five spaces: the art museum, the the Alexander Legrand Hall (in which the first promotional projects retrieved by the brand's founder are displayed) the herbalist's shop, the distillery, and the contemporary art hall which hosts temporary exhibitions. The overall architecture of the place is rather confusing - it ranges from gothic to modern - but very interesting.

The Bénédictine Liqueur was first created by a Venetian monk in 1510 and contains a blend of 27 herbs and spices. A visit to the factory revealed that it takes two years to make a bottle and that there are only four people working in there - though there are 10 in the laboratory who are presumably all avid testers. The drink is distributed throughout the entire world from this small factory which I think is a pretty amazing fact. So, if you're ever in that part of France, you should put this on your list of places to visit as that would be far more fun than reading a 5000 word blog post about it...