In this installment of my Alphabet series, we’re headed somewhere we’ve been before.
Pebbly and surrounded by high cliffs, the beach at Le Tréport is typical of the seaside towns along Côte d’Albâtre.
On the upper level of Le Tréport, we noticed these stairs. They looked out of place, surrounded by a stunning vista but seemingly going nowhere.
It turns out that they were once part of Hotel Trianon, a grand hotel turned WW1 British Military Hospital. Later, during WW11 the German forces bombed the site. All that was left are the stairs we see today.
Here are some photos I took of display boards, to help imagine how the site looked decades ago.
The fishing town of Le Tréport is split into two parts; one being at sea level and built around the area where the Bresle River meets the ocean – and the other being on top of the striking white cliffs.
Take a (free) ride up or down Le Tréport’s funicular, which joins the upper and lower parts of the town. The ride, at less than 2 minutes, cuts through a tunnel in the cliff on a 155 metre long track.
I’m sure that fans of the Scandi-noir styled French cop drama Witnesses (or Les Témoins) will recognise the funicular.
I loved that program and really hope a third season is filmed. Fingers crossed.