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Jun 6, 2018 - Les Andelys

Day 19. Des Andelys 6/6/18. Wednesday. Cold and wet. 13-15 degrees We had another quiet day today, as it was raining and we were to go to castle ruins where the ground was quite slippery according to some of those who went. We felt it prudent to stay indoors, and we have enjoyed the down time, in preparation for our time in Bruges. We’re now on our return journey to Paris where we should arrive about 2.30am. There is quite a lot to see both sides of the river, passing by small villages and some bigger towns. What makes a village??........a...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Caudenbec-en-Caux, Normandy

Day 16. Caudenbec-en-Caux 3/6/18. Sunday. Hot and sunny 14-27 degrees We had an early start for our half day excursion to Pays d’Auge region in Normandy, renowned for its cheeses, cider and calverdos, where we visited the Le Breuil-en-Auge distillery for a guided tour and tastings, of both the apple products and the cheese. A great morning, although some of the cheeses were not quite to our taste. Hazel I think you’d like them! Ian did enjoy the cider. We then stopped at a lovely little ‘one of the prettiest villages in France’ for an hour...

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Oct 20, 2017 - Les Andelys

The charming little village of Les Petits Andelys (yes there is a Grande Andelys) is nestled along one of the smallest meanders of the Seine River. Most of the Seine River is not contained or controlled like the Mississippi River. The Seine is allowed to meander as it wishes. The valley has been shaped by the river forming spectacular white limestone cliffs. The village is surrounded by a formidable stronghold called Chateau Gaillard which was a stake between the Norman Duchy (Normandie) and the French Kingdom (Paris). In 1197 to 1198,...

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Oct 31, 2016 - Les Andelys and Chateaux Giallard

A beautiful warm sunny day. In the morning we walked along the river and through the old town of Les Andelys. After lunch we decided to climb up to the castle and enjoy the views of the Seine River as well as explore the castle. Construction of the castle began in 1196 under the auspices of Richard the Lionheart, who was simultaneously King of England and feudal Duke of Normandy. The castle was expensive to build, but the majority of the work was done in an unusually short time. It took just two years, and at the same time the town of Petit...

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Oct 30, 2016 - Heading south to Les Andelys

We headed south today. We had identified a campground at Les Andelys south east of Rouen which said they could take our big bus. We had a good journey and arrived safely at the campground. The gate was little tight to manoever through but once in the campground the roads were good and our pitch huge. We were right next to the Seine River so from our pitch we had views of the river and also high on the hill above the town -Chateaux Gaillard. We look forward to exploring the town tomorrow.

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Jul 26, 2016 - 3rd leg of Trip - Les Andelys Normandy

Today was a little bit of a rest day. We had no excursions planned in the morning so Michael booked in (on the ship) for a massage, and I booked in for a manicure (never had one in my life)and the same person washed and blow dryed my hair. She did a good job. When we returned to our room we found out from the BBC News that there had been a terrorist attack on a church in the city of Rouen which is where we head off to tomorrow. It is terrible that someone would go into a place of worship and do that to an 84 year old priest. Just shocking. ...

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Nov 9, 2012 - Heading back to Paris

We arrived this mornings in Les Andelys, a little town nestled in the bend of the river with the white cliffs on the hillside. It compromises 2 villages separated by the River Gambon, Petit Andelys and Grand Andelys. It was of great strategic importance in the Middle Ages due to its location between Normandy and Vexin. We walked through the town up the hill to the ruins of Gaillard Castle. It was built from 1196-97 by Richard the Lionhearted to protect Rouen from attacks by French King Philip Augustus. Richard died in 1199 and his less...

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Oct 19, 2011 - Les Andelys

This morning we cruised from Vernon to Les Andelys. The Chateau Gaillard of Richard the Lion Heart fame is here. I climbed up there after lunch - that was a hike but well worth it. The castle ruins were fun to explore and the views of the town were spectacular. The ship put on quite a parade with sparklers for Harry's birthday. His cake had a fireworks display that was pretty spectacular. I would love to figure out how to get them back to the States. The kids would love them!

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