This year we travelled Newhaven to Dieppe on DFDS, a four hour sailing that both directions began in fog. I don't think I have been on a ship where you can just see the wake and hear the ship's fog horn sounding, quite a nervy trip if you think too much!
The fog did not prevent me enjoying a glass of Sancerre, it is such an unbelievable price on this crossing, or enjoying a fish and chip supper. I say supper as it was late evening when we arrived in Dieppe, an experience to find our hotel and then room for sure!
Travelling north we had all day to discover the north east coast of Normandy and we were delighted to discover a funicular railway when we arrived in Le Treport. Built in 1907 and restored in 2006 the railway is 'self-service' as in a lift, you press the button once inside the car. It's an amazing journey with spectacular views over the town, across the estuary to Mers-les-Bains and further to Picardie's white cliffs.
|Funicular at le Treport|
|The view from the top overlooking Mers-les-Bains|
|Getting the holiday off to a good start|
|Steam Train just leaving for Le Crotoy|
|The Diesel returning from it's trip|
|Waiting for the trains :-)|
|And here they are|
Saint Valery has plenty of history too; William the Conqueror launched his invasion of Britain from here, Joan of Arc was kept here before being taken to Rouen and the Somme was a major battlefield in World War I. The Cité Medieval's buildings are beautiful, as are some of the older houses in the town. From the old city walls you can see right across the Baie to Le Crotoy showing just how vast it is.
|Joan of Arc traveled through here|
|Joan of Arc prisoner of the English, from Crotoy to Rouen|
she crossed this town gate on 20th December 1430
|The Medieval church|
|Beautiful old houses in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme|
|A Shepherd and his sheep in the Baie|
|They seemed to enjoy the water|
|Seals at Le Hourdel|
It's quite a moving part of the world, there are signs of war all around, both ancient and more recent conflicts. On the beach at Le Hourdel is a huge German Bunker and in all the towns there is evidence of where modern buildings replace ones bombed in the war. There are many military cemeteries in this area with their white gravestones in immaculate grounds standing in lines as if still on parade. As we drove around it was surprising how many fields were full of poppies, quite overwhelming at times.
|The German Bunker - that's me next to it, it was huge|
|Fields of poppies - such a moving sight|
|Cellier des Dauphins is one of our favourite French wines |
- a must on any holiday
|A new wine that I really enjoyed|
|French sparkling wine is superb|