Premiere Classe Evreux
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... a theatre, cool stores for oranges and a pigeoniere. It is a good balance of grand state rooms and curious outbuildings. Plus stairs... Molta scala!!!
A detour home finds dinner - after three more opticians in search of pink frames!
Now where is that Nurofen? Our knees and hips are complaining after so many steep steps and cobblestones . Neither of us is clearly up to the standard of Ercole of Vernazza!
... the English and the French. It's site, however, offers stunning views up and down the Seine Valley.
A couple of passenger river cruise boats are docked nearby and a cargo boat passes by. We eat our lunch with the white swans to the sound of the river.
Then we surrender again to Naggy Maggy and her instructions for the drive into Rouen Cathedral. It's a one hour drive through small villages, mown fields and woodlands.
Rouen Notre Damę Cathedral ...
... men and equipment could then be easily brought ashore. In an attack akin to Gallipoli, thousands died but the assault successfully drove the German forces back and eventually resulted in the liberation of France. The remains of those pontoons lie out to sea in a 180° vista, looking like a collection of distant submarines.
We call at the Cinema Circulaire atop the Arromanche hill where two of the enormous pontoons sit along with memorial plaques and wreaths from ...
... designed vehicles. After drying off over some coffee we discussed the best spot for the bikes and decided on an upward bend, this gave a great view of the approach and passing at a lower speed. The thrill of seeing them pass for the first time was amazing, years of waiting for this moment for us both had finally arrived. It's not just the bikes, in fact there are almost as many cars and motorbikes leading and following ...
... for bed. Tomorrow, we are going to go to Mont St. Michel which is the castle/Abbey on the island that is surrounded by water when the tide is in. Note: As much of the ocean as we have seen, we have yet to see the tide IN. The tide seems to know when the Beckmans are arriving, so it goes OUT. :(
Laundry is finally going down stairs. Long overdue!! Th little joys of life!