Okay, I promise that this is the last summer flashback I will share on Almost Famous Writer, but as today is a pretty sunny day, I thought it was the perfect time to share my film photos from a whirlwind weekend trip to the north of France. 

The day after my internship at Cineville ended, we got into the car, brought Ziggy to his kitty hotel (Merlijn’s parents) and drove all the way from Rotterdam to Fécamp in the north of France. It took us about four and a half hours, numerous snacks and some excellent road trip music. We brought Cds with us from home, including Foo Fighters’ Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, MUSE’s Haarp, and Arctic Monkey’s AM, and snacked and sang our way through three countries towards our final destination. 

We went to visit my parents, who were camping at the most amazing campsite I’d ever been to (and I’ve been to quite a few in my days), which was called Camping de Renéville in Fécamp. It’s located right on top of the cliffs and from your spot you can look directly at the sea. In the mornings, when you open your tent, you immediately see the water and smell the salt and hear the seagulls and it’s beautiful. 

Since we were only there for a weekend, we had to plan our time efficiently. Besides eating French croissants from the little bakery in town, getting ice cream from the stalls by the boulevard (“Deux boules de menthe chocolat, s’il vous plaît”) and cuddling with Fedde, we wanted to visit the coastal town of Étretat, which is about a 20 min ride from Fécamp. My Mom and I stayed here a couple of years ago, when we went on our Monet road trip through France, and it was so nice to be able to come back with my Dad and Merlijn and Fedde. 

Because I have a very old soul and my Mom likes gardens, we visited Les Jardins d’Étretat, which are located right on top of the cliffs. It was an absolute PAIN to get there, because you have to climb the cliff to actually get to the garden and the directions are very French in the sense that even when you can read French perfectly, you still don’t know where you actually have to go. 

But it was absolutely worth it, because the gardens were so beautiful and the views from the cliffs were absolutely stunning. The idea behind the les jardins that art and nature come together and that’s why there are a lot of sculptures placed all through the garden. My favourites were the head sculptures, which were HUGE and all had a different facial expressions, and the wooden statue of Claude Monet atop of the cliffs, overlooking the scene he painted so many times. 

Monet painting on top of the cliffs

These were the last of my summer memories captured on film (I solemnly swear). However, if you want to see more film photos from me, be sure to follow my film photography Instagram account Eden on Film or if you want to see a whole bunch of movie reviews and Ziggy updates (10/10 recommend), you can follow me on my personal account