Novotel Rouen Sud
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The two hour trip to the hotel was nice, though loud. The kids, tired and exited, were crazy in the back seat, constantly fighting eachother. All parents know how this is. Arriving at the Novotel with headache and warm (the outside temperature was 25 Celcius, with high humidity), the pool was what resqued us all. Tomorrow: leaving Rouen for Caen.
What a delightful way to finish off our time in Paris and France.
Despite a few early hiccups, we had a wonderful day in the garden that inspired many of Monet's most famous paintings.
As we mentioned in yesterday's entry we had pre-purchased our train ticket so we set the alarm and made it to the station in time for a 7.50 departure. The trip takes about an hour, Giverny being north west of Paris. We found our platform and train and settled ...
... Needless to say, despite the GPS and my inadequately small maps, we found ourselves heading out of Rouen towards the west again. Correcting that took us a long time, and then the most direct route south went through so many small towns we barely got over 50km/h. A trip of 140km that should have taken 2 hours took us 3! And Giverny was busy with tourists, lots of Asians for the first time, and Americans. They clogged vantage points to take silly selfies, lolled on ...
... huge cost with the promise of a passage to a better life in the UK only to be stranded in a foreign country with nothing. On the other hand the poor residents of Calais must be sick and tired of living surrounded by dozens of hungry and desperate people.
Murdered in our beds ( well we could gave been)
So, on to our first campsite via our first toll road. I had heard the toll booths were tricky to negotiate in a mh (motorhome) but ...
... is truly
spectacular. The gorgeous flowers were all out and I could really see where he
got his inspiration. Craig and Terry have been really enjoying their cycling in
the alps. Tonight Germany beat France in the soccer, which is clearly a
disappointment round here. Couldn’t get a drink anywhere – too crowded!