I arrived in Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy. Tomorrow it is the 6th of June. On this day we remember D-day: the 6th of june 1944 the allied forces arrived on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from the Nazis. Tomorrow we’re going to celebrate freedom… and remember the fallen soldiers who gave their life for our freedom. I’m here with some friends from Bruges on a camping with a lot of alcohol. More about that later. Let me start by telling you how I got here.
I followed the coastline coming from Dieppe and I slowly moved towards my destination. I had more than a week to get to Arromanches from Dieppe, so I could take my time. And I’m definitely not sorry for that. Normany’s coastline is scenic. I’m 95% sure that everyone will instantly fall in love with this place the moment they see it. I will try to give you an impression.
The only annoying part of this leg of the trip was the climbing. Even leaving Dieppe started with a steep uphill, and my bicycle is still overloaded. And since I’m still carrying my kayak the job wasn’t a piece of cake. But my efforts got rewarded: the first climb gave me this view:
From Dieppe until Le Havre, this was how the coastline looked like: high cliffs and some villages in between. Arriving in a village was nice: always downhill. Moving on was harder: always uphill. Between the villages, there is quite a distance between the road and the sea, unfortunately. You can’t really follow the coastline with a bicycle. If you do want to follow the whole coastline, I suggest you walk: there’s a walking trail following almost the whole coast. Hereby, this is added to my bucket list.
After Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme this was the second Saint-Valéry on my way. Definitely worth a stop!
Etretat was byfar the most beautiful place I passed on the way. It has the most beautiful cliffs of the coastline.
If Etretat isn’t on your bucket list yet, add it. The village is nice, from the beach you have a nice view over the cliffs, but you won’t regret doing some hiking as well. If you climb up the cliffs, the view is stunning. There are some more hidden beaches you can see from the top of the cliffs. The main beach has two man made tunnels as well on both sides of it to go the beaches next to them. If you are planning to do that: be careful, watch your steps and take a look at the tide table. It is only accessible on low tide. Make sure you have enough time to go back. I stayed in Etretat for 2 days, and I could have easily stayed longer. More pictures at the end!
Before arriving in Honfleur, I had to cross the Seine. I chose to take Le Pond de Normandy, for the view over the river mouth of the Seine, but I would not recommend it on a bicycle. the cycling lane is small and right next to the main road. A lot of trucks on the bridge.
Honfleur is a beautiful place with a nice little port in the city.
From Honfleur on, the view changed: it became more flat. There were less cliffs, and more cycling lanes. Most of the time I could even cycle along the coast, which is very nice.
In a next post I will give you an impression about how D-day is celebrated here. For now, I will leave you with some pictures. Thanks for reading!
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