To start off 2018, Megan and I thought about taking a little vacation. Finding a destination was less difficult than we expected. On a Friday evening, Megan came to me and we spoke about the possibilities. I had seen a girl post a blog about Étretat, which is in the North of Normandy, and did some further research about it. We both found this little town the appropriate one to go to.
When left on Wednesday morning, I picked Megan up with the car. I made sure we had food for lunch and she did the “guilty pleasures”. We were ready for our five-hours-drive. We arrived at three o’clock in the afternoon, besides that we forgot to follow the navigations sometimes, everything went smoothly. The hotel, Hotel Le Rayon Vert, was booked by Booking.com and is along the coast. The people were very kind and the room was perfect too.
During the evening we walked around in town and were amazed by how lovely everything looked like. A funny point was that we saw three big restaurants, but all their menu’s very exactly the same. Because Megan and I both never had France at school, it was most of the time very difficult to communicate because none of the people spoke English. Gladly, Megan could still make use of her Google Translate.
Because the weather forecast said that is was going to rain during the morning we decided to sleep out and relax the next morning. Around twelve o’clock we went for a hike. It was more adventures than we expected because the storm was heavier than we thought. There was no possible way to stand still because the wind was so strong. However, it was all worth it. Look at that view!
In the afternoon, we went back to the hotel and both read a bit. Because like you know, Étretat was not spectacular with restaurants Megan searched for some online, we took the car and drove along the coast to a nearby town. In the end, we could not find the restaurants which we thought of going to and because everything was dark and looked very creepy we decided to go home and just eat at one of the restaurants in town.
After dinner, we bought some beer, watched a movie and ate some of the sweets Megan brought with her.
On Friday morning, we put our clock at 9 because we were going to head off to Le Havre, a big city around 30 minutes from Étretat. When we arrived in Le Havre, we were both in the mood for some shopping. So, eventually, besides making pictures with our new stuff and eating both a Ceasar Salad at one of my favourite restaurants, Paul, we only walked from shop to shop.
In the beginning, it was kind of difficult to find where the city centre was because we had not prepared ourselves. However, after walking around for like 30 minutes we found a shopping centre. Yes, indeed, the girls were happyyy.
During the evening we ate again in the restaurant where we ate the first day. We tried to start a conversation with one of the waiters because again we were almost sitting in an empty restaurant. If it would have been a small restaurant it would not have caught our eyes, but because all the restaurants had a lot of tables, it did. With the help of Google Translate, we could ask our question and the waiter told us that Étretat is very touristic during the summer and spring, and then all the restaurants are full. Now, it was more off-season.
Again, we watched a movie with some beers, one of my favourites, The Choice, uber-romantic with some tears of course.. haha.
The next morning, we checked out, thanked the people from the hotel for an amazing stay and left Étretat. We are still so glad that we choose to go there, we had so much fun but at the same time, it was also really relaxed. Going back during the summer or spring is really something we are thinking of!