A couple of weeks ago, my mother and I went on a road-trip through France. We walked amongst waterlilies and thousands of tourists, saw paintings literally come to life and during our final stop in Étretat, we witnessed the spooky side of the cliffs Monet painted so many years ago.
The entire beach was covered with these smoothened and perfectly shaped stones. It was so tempting to pick them up and feel their smooth surface before throwing them towards the soft blue of the water, but unfortunately, it was forbidden. That is right, it was illegal to grab a stone or two off the beach. Signs were placed everywhere, warning innocent children and myself that if one stone was taken away from the beach, the entire town of Étretat would be in danger. Since I could not take the stones with me (I would not dream of putting the town of elephants in danger!), I took this picture of them.
We had to wait until we could enter our room, so we set up camp in the gardens of the hotel, where we were treated with this breathtaking view!
During our visit to Étretat, we stayed at Hôtel Dormy House, a fancy hotel with a panaroma view over the picturesque town of Étretat. Tour busses actually stop at Dormy House, because of the panaroma view. The photo shows you the view from our hotel room – très bien!
Did you miss the first two installments of my road-trip through France? You can read all about our first stop in Giverny here and everything you need to know about our second stop in Rouen, you can find here.