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.

10-08-09

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

map_france_normandy
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

normandy_mapfécampetretat

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.

 

P7210496
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.

 

P7210500

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.

 

ka fecamp

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.

 

P7210520

P7210513
"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).

 

P7210508
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?


P7210510

P7210530

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.


P7210532
We discovered that from were we looked at the nice views, we were standing on a bunker from WWII.

 

P7210536
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.

 

Claude_Monet_The_Cliffs_at_Etretat

cliff

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.

07-08-09

Trip to Normandy 2009: Travel-information

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In July I spent my vacation (a week) @ France, Normandy. At first, we went there because it has a history of war. But we discovered that Normandy is so much more than that. It has beautiful views, nature, delicious food, friendly people and the weather is.. unpredictable.

I'll explain more about that part of France with the help of our pictures. If some of you have never been to Normandy, I could only say; "go there, you must see at least once!"

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.

We started at "Le Tréport", (go find it on the map, up up up near the coast!) and followed the coastline to finish at about "Isigny". Just to give you a random view of what I'll show you..

This is a random expression of what Normandy is and was to me:

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More info and pictures about Normandie next time!

14-07-09

Mini-vacation: Middelkerke

I'm going to Middelkerke tomorrow morning. It's only for a 2 days and a night, but I'm really excited to go there. Especially when the weather will be as great as they say..

So.. Back on Friday!

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03-06-09

Durbuy

 

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A week ago we spend a day @ Durbuy.  Durbuy is located on the banks of the Ourthe River, at the edge of the Ardennes, in the Belgian province of Luxembourg.

For a long time, Durbuy was "The Smallest Town In The World". It has about 400  residents or so.. In 1977, though, Durbuy lost whatever claims it had to this distinction, as it joined with a number of surrounding communities into a single commune of 8,000 residents.

This small town is full of activities. It's great for lovers of fine food and people who like adventure. Visitors will find here several restaurants (some top class) and local bistros. There are walkings, you can ride the quad, bike, rafting, mountain-bike, kayak, do the challenger track, play paintball, have speleo experience, etc..

A great tip to go!

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Some call it rubbish, I call it art. :-)

 

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The castle of Petite Somme hosts Radadesh; the centre of Hare Krishna. It's open for the public to take a look in-and outside.

 

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Cedric hanging out with the old chicks :-)

 

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After a long, steep walk, still full of energy (as long as the picture was taken)

 

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The view was worth the climb!

 

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The most eye-catching building in Durbuy is the Castle which now belongs to the family d'Ursel. It was renovated and reconstructed several times.

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Last two pictures, random taken from these sites:

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13-08-08

Spain 2008

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For the 4th time allready, Cedric and I went to Spain.                                                                                              Destination: Empuriabrava                                                                                                                                       Distance: +/- 1300 km                                                                                                                                                 Time: About 13hours driving.

Empuriabrava is a unique coastal town of the Alt Emporda region in the far North East of Spain and lays in the province of Girona. Empuriabrava is unique because much of its beautiful residential area is built on and around a system of canals. It's the largest residential marina in the world! Boating is a large part of what Empuriabrava is all about. It has around 5000 moorings and 24kms of navigable canals.

Cedric's parents have a boat, so together with them and some others we rented a house near the canal named Ebre.

 

Some pictures of the canals @ Empuriabrava:

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This is the boat in which we made our daily trip on the see. Behind it you see an inflatable boat to sit on when the other boat makes speed. That's fun!

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Spain 2008: Picture us

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One of the most beautiful villages I've ever seen: Cadaqués

 

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@ Santa Margarida

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No, I'm NOT an icecream!

 

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On the way back home.. this is a parking near the highway. It was remarkable that all these 'aires' were very cosy and clean. But of course you don't pay 'péage' for nothing.

 

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L'Escala lost a lot of it's charm, but we still could shoot a beautiful picture there.

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