Wednesday, September 29, 2010
More specifically, we took the bus to Newhaven from a stop at the foot of our street. The ferry ride was very pleasant - about 3 1/2 hours. Arriving in Dieppe, it's about a 15 minute walk into town to the train station. Took the train to Rouen and found a hotel. They whole thing took most of a day - but it was amazingly unstressful.
Our hotel: was odd, in a very French (and not bad) way, which I will blog later. The most important part of it was that it faced the Palais de Justice, which was begun in the 15th century, added to in the 16th and 17th century when it was a royal palace, and then again in the 19th century. It was badly damaged during 2 nights of bombing in WWII, one before D-Day and one in August of the same year. But it has been restored nicely.
The weather: It would be untrue to say that it rained and was cold the whole time we were in Rouen. There were moments of mere drizzle and we saw the sun twice. In Dieppe, on the way back, the sun broke through and we had a lovely, though unexpected, hike to the ferry.
We started wadering around an old sector of town while en route to the ferry, but we ended up getting kind of stranded on top of the cliffs over the ferry port. We were actually on a Randonee route, very pretty walking high over the sea. There were houses and streets, but we had trouble finding a way down to the ferry. So we backtracked.
Oddly enough, this was one of the highpoints of the trip for me. I am not a city girl. I like being out in nature. The picture here is of Dieppe, taken from the cliffs on our walk.
We are home now, in our favorite coffee shop. Tomorrow we go into London for the day.
Posted by The Bride at 6:33 AM