Mortagne Au Perche

Mortagne au Perche, right on the border of the regional natural park of the Perche, in the Orne department, is a quiet little town in the yellow percheron stone of the area. The town was for a long time the capital of the Perche area, and has impressive remains of the ramparts that once surrounded the town, including the St Denis gate, now the local museum.

Mortagne is also known for its annual festival of "boudin noir", or black pudding, run by the grand sounding "Confrerie des chevaliers du goute-boudin" (which translates as something like the "Brotherhood of the black-pudding tasters"!) Boudin mortagnais has a particular secret recipe, and is judged not only on its taste but also the presentation; it must be accompanied by sliced potatoes fried in local butter and seasoned with a little mustard, pepper and muscadet.

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