They say a picture is worth a thousand words and while that may be true, a picture is no substitute for reality.
I have to admit that the place I looked forward to seeing the most on our trip was the Alabaster Coast in the north of France. I had been drooling over photos of Etretat on flickr for some months. So when I got out of the car and had my first look at the real place, I am sure I went slack-jawed. It is way more beautiful in person than in any of the photos I’ve seen (or taken, for that matter.) But I will post a few of mine nonetheless.
Once our driver was able to corral us back into the car, he took us to the town of Fecamp where he drove up to the high point to show us the chapel of Notre Dame du Salut and sweeping views of Fecamp and the coast. And then we went on to the Benedictine Distillery in Fecamp. Whoa! Indescribable!
All I can say is that I have not been able to eliminate Normandy from my bucket list. I have to go back and spend some time there! And I wouldn’t mind traipsing around a lot more of northern France. Some day…
|The Falaise d'Aval just west of Etretat.|
|Looking down on Fecamp and the French coast.|
|A glimpse at the Palais Benedictine|