They made me climb a mountain!!
Etretat Travel Blog› entry 5 of 10 › view all entries
June 8th, 2010 – by: jenn79
Strangely enough, my expectations of Etretat were really low. There isn't a ton of information on the net about it, and the few pictures seem a bit redundant and uninteresting. Yes, there are white cliffs and a needle-looking thing. It's far, requiring a train ride, a bus ride, and some walking. But when we arrived we were very pleasantly surprised!
Etretat sits on the Normandy coast along a chain of cliffs referred to as "falaises" (perhaps that's the translation) and are a lovely white hue. A few gorgeous "beaches" sit between some cliffs but be careful because these beaches are not filled with sand. In fact they're not even filled with rocks - they're filled with BOULDERS the size of your fist! You can walk along it, but it literally sounds like you're shoveling gravel with each step as the large boulders are rubbing against each other many meters below your feet, only louder and deeper! One might be able to run quickly along the surface of the boulders being careful not to stub your toe, or you can manage your way slowly, but you will sink a little as the boulders shift!
On each side of the "beach" there are staircases to bring you to the top of the cliffs.
Tracy and RJ sing a medley of songs with the word "sunshine" in them as it was raining when we arrived. The sun came out just as we walked up to the top, revealing a gorgeous day ahead of us on the cliffs. After exploring and dodging seagulls, we finally came down to the despair of my ankles and shins.
Tracy had researched the food ahead of time so we knew we were probably going to have "moules frites" for lunch.
The hiking and amazing food made us very sleepy, so we headed on back and tried to find an open restaurant in Paris around 8:30pm, but were unsuccessful, so ended up at some expensive tourist trap places to bring up our blood sugar. But Etretat was such a pleasure to visit and dine at. A very memorable trip indeed =)
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