Sunday, October 10, 2010


We went to Rouen for a fantastic exhibit at the Rouen museum - the Inpressionists in Rouen.  It was almost too much, so many many paintings by famous Impressionists of Rouen.  Most importantly, we saw 4 or 5 of the paintings Monet did of Rouen Cathedral. It was very good to see them together, a few blocks from the real cathedral.  The Impressionists liked Normandy for the light (and because it was close to Paris and cheap).

We thought about that we arrived in Dieppe, where the light was amazing.  After a couple of gray, rainy days in Rouen we took a morning train to Dieppe. The ferry didn't leave until 6:30pm so we thought we'd have a mosey around Dieppe. The forecast was rain all day, but by the time we got to Dieppe the sun was shining brilliantly and the color of sky and sea was unbelieveable. Turquoise sea and light periwinkle sky - it looked like the Caribbean.  This picture doesn't capture the dreamy brightness of the colors. Breath-taking.

We walked around the town for a bit, then headed for the ferry, which is a 10 or 15 minute walk from the center of town.  On the way, we discovered an old part of town on the cliffs above the ferry depot.  We stumbled onto the GR21 and hiked a way along the top of the cliffs. I took this picture of Dieppe Harbor looking in one direction and the one of the ferry in the other direction.

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