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Seine-Maritime

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  • Day924

    Étang d'Incheville Aire

    January 6 in France ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    We've treated ourselves to a paying aire. €9.50 gives us 24 hours of electric hookup, fresh water, and all waste disposal facilities including glass and packaging recycling. Through our windscreen we can see Incheville Lake stretching up its small valley. It is wonderfully quiet, no main roads run nearby and grass surrounds the tarmacced parking area that we have all to ourselves.

    Before the light fades we set out on the 3km track around the lake. It is a dull day, with no direct sunshine penetrating the thick cloud layer to highlight winter's colour; the valley's woodlands, fields and few houses appearing as if in sepia. There are many wooden fishing pontoons projecting out from the grassy bank. They appear to be on long term loans to individuals, like allotments. Most have fencing or hedges and a gate shielding them from passers by and many have sheds. We encounter lots of dogs and their walkers enjoying a Sunday stroll and exchange friendly 'bonjour's. We are beginning to be able to enjoy seeing other dogs and be happy for the many wonderful walks we shared with Poppy.

    An unusual feature of Étang d'Incheville is the flocks of fake waterfowl floating on its surface. We've never seen them before, but there must be hundreds on this lake, fanning out in groups of about 30 from anchored buoys. With Geese, Eiders and Mallards, they look very realistic but we can't find any information boards that shed light on why they are there. Is it to encourage migrating birds to land and nest?

    Incheville was a nice spot but there were no shops within walking distance and we were running low on food, so we set off south, hoping to stock up at a supermarket on the way.
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  • Day431

    Day 432: Exploring Le Havre

    April 22, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    As I mentioned yesterday, this World Heritage site is a modern town rebuilt by French architect Auguste Perret in the 1950s after the centre of town was almost completely destroyed by WW2. It was all done in a unified style with reinforced concrete, but with splashes of colour and with forward thinking ideas, like tree-lined boulevards, space for trams and bicycles, and space for parking as well.

    Although I say the "town", the town centre is only a fairly small area, a triangle roughly 1km on each side, and we were staying right in the centre of it. So we headed out in the morning and set to filming the points of interest we'd chosen. It was quite nice, and surprising to see a huge load of tourists around. We later realised there was a cruise ship in port disgorging German retirees.

    The cathedral had survived the bombing largely intact so that was interesting, and the huge Hotel de Ville was cool as well though quite Brutalist in style. There was also a massive modernist cathedral which looked from the outside like a lighthouse - over a hundred metres high! And it's like a lighthouse inside as well, since the walls are covered in stained glass panels and the interior ends up filled with coloured light. A memorial to the 5000+ civilian victims of the bombing.

    But just like that, we were all finished around lunchtime. So we retreated to our apartment with some supplies and stayed there the rest of the day. Very quiet outside now anyway as it was a Sunday afternoon. Passed the rest of the day by working and relaxing.
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  • Day2

    New start

    October 29, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Swooped the big old, comfortable Ducato for a younger, smaller Renault Trafic. This is faster and more fuel efficient, but also Euro 3 standard motor which will allow me into all cities. I added some furniture for camping and managed to do everything with less expenditure than the sale price of the camper van.
    So here I am in Dieppe again, setting off for Italy.
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  • Day9

    Rouen

    June 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After a couple of hours driving, and a couple of breaks in the aires for drink and a picnic we arrived in Rouen. Roadworks made us detour to a different car park but a short walk later we were in our hotel. Our room was on the 4th floor and had a spectacular view of the old court building. We went for a walk around the old medieval town and stopped off for galettes in a well reviewed creperie. We’ve enjoyed Rouen each time we have been and should spend longer next time.Read more

  • Day9

    Was man nicht alles tut

    September 18, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Manchmal muss man erst Schwitzen um Schönes zu sehen.
    So erging es uns heute Abend. Wir entschieden uns relativ spontan zu einer kleinen Joggingrunde. Unser Lauf führte uns entlang der Steilküste zu einem wunderschönen Viewpont von dem aus wir den Sonnenuntergang beobachten konnten. Atemberaubend!!!Read more

  • Day1

    Samstag, Tag 1

    April 28, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Nachdem wir unser Auto gepackt hatten, ging es mit ein wenig Verspätung los. Grobe Richtung Frankreich, genaueres Ziel Bretagne. Es ist Wahnsinn, wie viel Gepäck zwei Personen zusammen bekommen können, wenn sie sich zu Hobbyfotografen zählen. Je weiter wir uns von Hannover entfernen, desto schlechter wurde das Wetter. Der Weg zog sich und wir kamen um 18 Uhr in Le Havre am Hotel an, welches wir für eine Zwischenübernachtung gebucht hatten. Nachdem wir unser Gepäck im Zimmer verstaut hatten, fuhren wir mit dem Auto in die Stadt. Mit unserer Ankunft wurde zugleich das Wetter besser, es ließ sich die Sonne blicken und so machten wir einen Spaziergang durch Le Havre. Auf unserem Weg kamen wir an zahlreichen Lokalitäten vorbei, die jedoch noch nicht geöffnet hatten. Wir fanden letztlich ein Wirtshaus, in welchem es Steak und Entenbrust gab. Ein kleiner Spaziergang zurück zum Auto lies uns noch ein wenig von der Stadt sehen, die als Hafenstadt hierfür typische Bauwerke aufwies aber auch kleinere regionaltypische Häuser und große Hochhäuser aus Beton sich dazwischen fanden. Zurück im Hotelzimmer fielen wir müde ins Bett und waren gespannt auf den folgenden Tag.Read more

  • Day13

    Jumieges

    May 10, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Sovmorgon till 8. Håller på att bli vuxen på riktigt😁
    7 km vandringsled i skogen runt Jumieges. Gick nästan rakt på några stora vildsvin som turligt nog vek av åt motsatt håll. Första gången jag fått se svinen i sin egen miljö. Sen ett liten linch inne i byn före avfärd mot Trouville.

  • Day11

    Vandring i Le Crotoy

    May 8, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Gick upp relativt tidigt för en morgonpromenad innan avfärd söderöver. Ett otroligt lågvatten i byn bidrar till ett rikt fågelliv. Gick runt sjön. Vad är sannolikheten att stöta på en svensk bosatt i Bryssel..?! Väldigt trevlig pensionerad advokat (!) Som sällskap.

  • Day12

    Camping Jumieges

    May 9, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Efter att den manuella GPS:en läst fel på kartan hittade vi äntligen till den camping vi hade som mål. Finns hur många ställplatser och campingar som helst i Frankrike, men inga skyltar. Men här är det helt perfekt! Finns verkligen allt man behöver. En av de bättre ställen jag sett!! Tennisbanor, basketplan, samarbetsbanor, badstrand, you name it!!
    Idag har vi avverkat 11 km vandring runt sjöarna i byn. Vin och cidertillverkning blandas med historiska inslag som krigsbunkrar längs vattenbrynet. Överallt finns spår av krigen kvar i detta land.
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  • Day5

    Rouen

    September 22, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌧 59 °F

    When we were first married we saw three views of the Rouen Cathedral at the National Gallery in Washington. Then and there we fell in love with the work of Claude Monet. Today we visited that cathedral, along with the Parish Church of St. Maclou and the Church of St. Ouen. I was able to pay photographic homage to Monet by attempting to duplicate his beautiful images on this rainy Saturday. I had not realized before that the heart of Richard the Lionhearted is entombed here, along with the remains of Rollo, the first Viking Duke of Normandy. We also went to the place where Joan of Arc was tried, then to the church which has been built over the site of her execution. This modern structure, built in 1979 incorporates stained glass windows salvaged from churches of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries that were destroyed in World War II. A visit to Rouen’s Museum of Fine Arts capped off a wonderful afternoon. We saw one of Monet’s views of the Rouen Cathedral right here in Rouen. There was also a wonderful painting by Pisarro of the Pont Boïldieu, the bridge by which the Viking Rinda is docked. At night there was a sound and laser light show, using the facade of the cathedral as a screen. One presentation gave the history of the Viking invasion of Normandy, and another gave the story of William the Conqueror.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Département de la Seine-Maritime, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Seine-Maritime, Sena Marítimo, Senna marittima

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