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.
Times are scary. Unpredictable and stifling with a dose of terror. Many people are turning to different types of self care to offset the negativity.
Like meditation, for example.
Personally, meditation hasn’t ever worked for me. My brain hasn’t figured out how to shut up.
I’ve got a couple of really exciting trips planned for the coming year. They’ll inevitably be cancelled though, because of
the impending apocalypse COVID-19.
In my attempt to avoid people (surprisingly easy for a non-peopley person such as myself) I’ve been spending time going through my Google albums. I found this short clip of a musical tree at Les Jardins d’Etretat, which you may remember me posting about last week, and thought I’d share it with you.
Cute, non? It was a nice treat to find in an already magical garden.
Étretat, located on the Upper Normandy Coast of Northern France, is a great place to stop if you ever find yourself in the area. The scenery is stunning and the town itself is filled with adorable buildings.
While based in Bayeux, we decided to take a day trip along the coast in our rental car. One of the stops we made was in Etretat to check out the beautifully manicured Jardin d’Etretat and its quirky face installations that I’d seen online.
An added bonus was the view of the famous ‘Needle’ rock cliff, made famous (to me, anyway) by Claude Monet.
Speaking of Mr. Monet, I learned that a woman who once owned the house of the garden was good friends with him and he used to visit her regularly.
I very much enjoyed this recreation of the famous painter doing what he did best.
In this installation of my biweekly Alphabet series, I’m sharing with you some photos taken at Bayeux Cathedral – or Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux.
I’m back with more photos taken on the road in France last year. Again, in no particular order..
I love buddy to the far right, gazing over his shoulder without a care in the world.
As many of you know, my boyfriend and I spent 2 fun-filled weeks in France last year. We visited Paris, Normandy and Périgord Noir – more commonly referred to as the Dordogne region.
It’s Remembrance Day here in Canada and I thought I’d share with you a story that I learned while visiting Normandy, France.