I forgot to mention one important item in yesterday's posting. I talked about Brussels and getting on the Eurostar there, but I didn't mention that the early airplane 'like' check-in at the terminal did serve one useful purpose. It gave me a chance to try out some Belgium chocolates! I didn't buy anything special, but it was chocolate and it was made in Belgium.
This morning I picked up my rental car and began to head north west from Lille for the Normandy beaches. I arrived at the coast along the English channel just west of Calais then proceeded to westward along the coast until a short ways west of Dieppe at which point I headed south to Rouen where I stopped for the night.
I really enjoyed the drive today, excluding leaving Lille and arrival in Rouen. The scenery along the coast with its high cliffs, farm land, many of small towns, and the English Channel as a background was very nice and peaceful unlike it was around these parts back in WWII.
This is the first town I encountered near the coast, Boulogne-Sur-Mer.
The entrance to the port of Dieppe.
My rental car.
A draw bridge in Dieppe closing after letting a couple sail boats through.
The main beach in Dieppe.
The sand is quite coarse in these parts.
I hadn't previously realized, but it makes sense now, that the "white cliffs of Dover" run down both sides of the English Channel as we see here next to Dieppe.
A castle in Dieppe. I don't remember its name.
The English Channel is behind me. England is over the horizon.
That's the Pourville beach west of Dieppe.
Looking east along Pourville beach towards Dieppe. The above picture was taken up on the side of that hill.
Looking west along Pourville beach.
The Canadian flags and a plaque nearby commemorate the Canadians who fought here on August 19, 1942. For more details on that please see the following links:
More scenery during today's drive.
The signs next to these guns were very weather beaten and impossible to read.
There were no signs here, but I assume this was part of the German defences built along the coast in WWII.
When I arrived in Rouen I wasted a lot of time looking for a hotel. It's definitely much more of a hassle doing that by car in rush hour, than it is on foot. Oh well, I finally did manage to find a decent place.
In the morning I will continue westward and will try to find a home base for a few days from which I can better explore the area.