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By Matthieu Nivard
My favourite corner of France?
Well, as a true Bordelais, I believe spending your summer holidays anywhere but on a south-western beach is a waste of time.
There are plenty to choose from from Médoc down to the Basque country but one of them holds a special place in my heart: Soulac-sur-Mer.
What so special about it then?
I could tell you about how beautiful the village is.
I could waffle on about the UNESCO world heritage Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Fin-des-Terres.
I could also entice WWII lovers with stories of defensive forts and beach bunkers.
Sure, I could even tell you how perfect the beach is for an afternoon of making fun of sunburnt northern european tourists.
But what makes Soulac special to me is that if I ever think about it I start to salivate.
My parents would take me and my sister Camille there nearly every summer. The highlight of the trip would always be the trip to Judici, by far the best ice cream shop in the entire universe.
A “coupe de glace” in Judici is a challenge. Imagine a mountain of home made ice cream and/or sorbet. Add some nuts to that and maybe some chocolate sauce or coulis for good measure. A glug of Grand-Marnier or Jet 27 (peppermint liquor) for the adults. Top it all up with a generous amount of homemade whipped cream (a rarity in France) and enjoy!
The task is daunting, it will take you a while, you might think you cannot eat another spoonful of it, but you will finish it , you will love it and you will go back for more.
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Matthieu NIVARD graduated from Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III with two Masters Degrees in linguistic and in French as a Foreign Language. After teaching in Bordeaux and Denmark, Matthieu joined AFCork in 2007 as a tutor, teaching second level (also coordinating yearlong Junior Cert programme), adults all levels, in – house training and French teacher training. Matthieu also works with Cork French Film Festival introducing films, interpreting and helping with Education Packs.