Paris - Rouen - Honfleur
22.09.2013 - 22.09.2013 27 °C
22nd September 2013
Breakfast at Movenpick was very good this morning. The room was nice and bright and the variety was great. We got up at 620am to pack our cases. The next few days are going to be quite busy as we only have one night at each hotel until we reach Amboise. There we have two nights.
We are on the coach with all of our new companions and we are underway. First stop is actually a city tour and then a climb of the Eiffel Tower, by elevator of course! Our guide is French American and is very knowledgable and quite quirky.
We reach the Eiffel Tower and it is a giant when you are underneath it. We take a few photographs and then skip the line and go straight to the elevators. Up we went to the 2nd level and took some time up there viewing the city from each corner. Our guide pointed out the main attractions and then we visited the gift shop. Ethan bought some sour Eiffel Tower lollies and I got a couple of trinkets.
After this we head for the town of Rouen, a town once overrun by Vikings. It is a bit of a drive but quite pleasant. I sleep a little bit and type up my blog notes for a while as well. Rouen is known for the burning of Joan of Arc and it also has a cathedral with the heart of Richard The Lionheart. It is a very sweet little village, a square of course, and a cathedral. We stop by the memorial to Joan Of Arc. It has a lovely statue and a garden. Then we are shown the market and then walked around to the cathedral. It is a very large cathedral and the walk around the outside is a long one. Inside it is dark and not as fancy as other churches, but there is an excellent staircase and some stunning stain glass windows.
We had 30 minutes left to get lunch and get back to the coach. We decide to try Quick - its a burger place that is always situated right near McDonalds. It is a slightly healthier version, and really tasty. Its was only 16 Euro for all of us so it was not expensive and quick enough so that we make it the coach on time.
The next stop was Honfluer, a picturesque port which appeared to contribute to the impressionist movement. Many famous painters working from this area including Monet & Boudin. Our guide showed us Saint Catherine's church, the oldest church in France made entirely from wood, with a separate bell tower. It is fascinating. We also pass by some extremely old buildings used around 800 years ago. The town's speciality is nougat and as we walk around we see many stalls selling sweets and a stall that is chocolate coating almonds as you wait. We decided to sit down for a drink, but sadly lack of service lead us to leave the cafe and just eat a takeaway ice cream at another vendor instead.
I would have liked to spend some more time there, but we were on the coach and after a very long drive we arrived at Bayeux. Novotel Bayeux is a great hotel, and I quickly see that the difference in cost saver trips to 4-5 star is quite a big one! The room is great and there is free wifi, although not very strong.
Tonight's dinner is included and in-house. We start with a deconstructed Caesar salad with melted Camembert on it. Then we had a lovely chicken with scalloped potato and vegetables. The dessert was a fruit tart that was also very nice. I am really impressed with the service.
Tomorrow we will be heading to the D-Day beaches and then onto Mont St Michel.