How long does it take you to get back to the normal life after you’ve been on a vacation? For me it’s been really hard. I had such a great time, seen so many beautiful places and learn a lot. This was for me an extraordinary experience which I suggest everyone to try once in a life time.
But where have I been? I went for a 10 days road trip across Normandy and Brittany with my fiance. This was our last year destination, but we had to renounce due to the terrorism episodes that occured, althought we’ve already booked everything.
11 August: Arrival
So…we arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and pick our car from the car rental (Europcar), we were given a Toyota Yaris, really nice car, big enough for the two of us and our luggages. We left the airport directed to Rouen where we had our first accomodation booked with Airbnb: a super cozy apartment, a few steps from the city center, with exposed bricks and beams on the ceiling. After settling down and resting a little we went for a walk in the city of Rouen that surprised us a lot. It’s really beautiful and has such a nice atmosphere. Loved the typical norman houses that are every where, the Cathedral and St. Ouen’s church. The city was built by viking Rollo, and it’s the capital of the departement of Seine-Maritime.
We had dinner at Made in Normandy. The food was really nice and the view from our table? Amazing!
12 August: the alabaster coasts.
We left our house early in the morning and we went directly to Dieppe, a beautiful city on the sea, we visited the city center, and then we walked up to the city castle. The weather wasn’t the best but we enjoyed the visit thanks to the awesome location.
Back on the road, direction: Fecamp. Another coastal town. We went to the port and admired the view on the amazing alabaster cliffs and walked on the rocky beach with the weather getting worse and worse: rain, wind and fog, all together. But I can tell that was one of the best moments of the entire trip for me.
We then, finally moved to Etretat: walked on the beach, and then up to the top of a cliff where we could admire one of the most beautiful views in the world. We was astonished!
For dinner we had a burger at Holly Molly, not bad but not even the best.
13 August: the inland’s small towns.
Early riser as usual: we love adventure, and relaxing vacations are not for us.
Our first destination was Chateau Gaillard: perched on the beautiful small town of Les Andelys, this castle, that today is a ruin was built in only one year by Richard Lion Heart.
On the road towards our next destination: a old water mill on the Seine, located in Vernon. What a quaint nice spot.
After that we moved to Pont Audemer: a cute tiny town with a typical city center. Here we were verbally molested by a drunk local.
Lately we went to Honfleur, which was one of the places I was looking forward to visit. Arriving there was litteraly a nightmare, thousands of cars, took ages to park our Yaris and when we arrived we just had a short walk around the port and left because it was so crowded with people we couldn’t see anything… what a dissapointment.
Back in Rouen we had a few tough time finding a restaurant because everywhere was “ferme” (closed). We then ran into Etoile d’or. I didn’t really undestood the restaurant concept, but we were starving.