What better way to enjoy sun, beach and breeze than with a menth chocolat ice cream.
I learn too late 'Do Not FEED THE GULLS' or they will become pesky and forget to forage.
Perfect day in Etretat on the Alabaster coast of Normandy.
I left overcast rainy skies in Paris 2 hours and a bit this morning.
Thursday night was the annual 'June White Dinner'. I was just an observer.
Back to the beach.
You must eat moules et frits for lunch
At any number of cafes along the beach
Even the 35 minute bus ride from train station Breate to Etretat is entrancing. Full of Normandy cows and green hills.
Eugene Boudin painted these cows like mad.
I came up 2 weeks ago to see the Boudin retrospective in Le Havre. This is his wall of cow studies.
He painted at Etretat, as did Monet many times
So did Matisse and Dufy and Delicroix. Everyone came here to paint n the glorious beach.
Big posters of Monet's paintings are on the beach.
As are old photographs of the 1800s and also occupied Etretat during World War II.
The town is charming
Wonderful classic Normandy summer homes.
You keep returning to the beach at all times of day.
End the day at Creperie Le Lann-Bihoué with a smoked salmon crepe.
Etretat is maybe the most beautiful (and relaxing place I've been). That includes the Taj Mahal and Rio).
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