24-08-09

Trip to Normandy 2009: Saint-Valéry-en-Caux + Etretat

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Normandy (dark blue on the map of France), consists of two regions: Basse-Normandie, the lower part, comprising the departments of Calvados, Orne and Manche, and Haute-Normandie, the upper part, comprising Eure and Seine-Maritime.

 Note: pictures that don't have my name on it, are made by others. I collected them on the internet, so I'm sorry if I can't give credits..

Part 2: Saint-Valéry-en-Caux + Etretat

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P7210495Nothing better than a couple of 'pains au chocolat' and a baguette from a local bakery, still warm from the oven. Eating it 'en plain air' gives a real vacation feeling.

 

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Before visiting Etretat, we decided to go to the little village Saint-Valéry-en-Caux. It was a vivid town, with a nice atmosphere around the big marina and the city hall.

 

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Also there, in this 'Maison Henri V', the king spent the night once. It was weird to see the curved building style, but it is anyhow a house from the 16th century.

 

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After some thinking and wondering, I figured out that we've never been to Fécamp.. so, no pictures about that.. Just a little information about the liquid 'Bénédictine'. It's made of 28 aromatic herbs that grow on the cliffs there. The Palais Bénédictine (on the picture) was the home of the liquors, but now it's a museum.

 

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"My gates are always open", that's what is said in the escutcheon of Etretat. They refer to the big chalk-cliffs that have grooves because of the sea.

On the first picture you see the 'Falaise d'Aval', with the 70 meters-high 'Aiguille' (the free-standing cliff).

 

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I still don't know what this is, but it was nice to see.. Anyone?


This was the only place were you actually could climb the big cliffs, what gave you a wonderful view. I know many others have captured it on picture, but it's nice, isn't it?


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In the distance on the cliff (Falaise d'Amont), you see a little church and behind it, there's a 'needle' coming out of the landscape. It represents a monument for a French airplane that crashed in the neighbourhood.


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We discovered that from were we looked at the nice views, we were standing on a bunker from WWII.

 

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The town of Etretat was really nice and cosy. This is the 'Place Foch', with little hotels, crêperies, waffle-bakeries and a still used Normandic wooden market place.

 

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Here you can see a painting of the famous artist 'Claude Monet', who painted the beautiful chalk-cliffs at Etretat.

Next: I'll post pictures about Rouen.

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Normandie ziet er echt wel mooi uit :)

Gepost door: Fairytalegirl | 24-08-09

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