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Jun 14, 2018 - Etretat

We spent this morning in Etretat. We hiked first up the cliff with the sea arch and tooth. From the lookout we could see a third sea arch just beyond with a small bay between. The solid looking cliff is misleading. There are many cracks and crevices in it wracked by tides and weather. On the way back down we learned some of the history of Etretat. Before the Parisian elite discovered Deauville, they came to the sleepy little fishing village of Etretat. Along the beach there was a boat building and repair business and a net repairing...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Dieppe, Etretat

It was 10a when we talked the GPS into taking us on D925 to Dieppe, a mere 20 kms away. We found out as we wound through the narrow streets of Treport that it was indeed a city and not a village. It sprawled over the hilltop quite a ways. We meandered along mostly avoiding the little villages and towns to Dieppe. Dieppe is a big city with its Old Town sprawled across a river's mouth. We found our way across the river and beyond the cliffs. It is hard to believe the soldiers were expected to scale these cliffs! Further along is a Canadian...

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Aug 20, 2014 - A slight detour - Etretat

Even though we had left late from Caen, I was determined to do something a bit spontaneous and visit something which has become a landmark of Normandy. It is called Etretat. Etretat is to Normandy, what the 12 Apostles are for Victoria. Tess let me take the driving, as she was feeling tired still from the frequent moving. Our route took us over a famous bridge, called the Bridge of Normandy, which used to be the longest cable span bridge in the world (over 2km long). It spans the Seine river when it enters from the ocean, near Le Havre, the...

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Jun 23, 2008 - Etretat

Despite Ron & Barb sleeping on a futon couch/bed, and Zoë on an air bed, we all slept well (and didn’t hear Alex leaving for school at 7.30am!). We enjoyed breakfast with Mike, Sharon and Maddie, and then packed up for the drive South. After a few obligatory photos we bid the Nendicks a fond farewell and hit the road at 10.15am. It was a fine, warm day so we made several stops for drinks and refreshments, once at the French/Belgian border. With motorway most of the way, we eased past Mons and then Amiens, and by 3.30pm we were easing into...

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Jun 18, 2007 - Detour to Etretat

While driving on my way to Mont St. Michel I saw roadsign for Etretat. I figured I had some time and it was nearing supper so I would stop by. Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including a famous natural arch. These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet. Two of the three famous arches seen from the town are the Porte d'Aval, and the Porte d'Amont. The Manneporte is the third which can not be seen from the town.

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