Fécamp & Yport, France

I had originally planned on spending two days exploring Normandy for all of the WWII and D-Day sites.  Since we had completed everything we had wanted to see on the first day, we had an extra day to fill.  So, we headed three hours north of Lison to the cities of Fécamp, Yport, and Étretat.  Amongst other things, this region has been the inspiration for many famous painters: Jean Baptiste Camille CorotEugène Delacroix, Eugene Boudin, and probably the most famous of all, Claude Monet.  

We had a damp and overcast drive north.  Thankfully, as we entered Fècamp, most of it was over.  The harbor was full of boats.  We found a parking place along the seawall and climbed to the top.  Resting a bit for a picnic and to take in the view.  

We didn’t stay idle long.  The cliffs were calling.

One of the most amazing things about this beach was the sound, it was like nothing I had ever heard before.  When the waves would come in and carry the stones out, they would tumble and created a crackling-like sound.  The closest thing I can compare it to is the sound you hear when you’re close to a lightening strick, the sizzle in the air.  My only regret is not getting this sound on video.

There are warnings as you approach the cliffs, to watch out for rocks falling and to keep clear of the base.

The tide was heading out while we were here, revealing tide pools, though we didn’t see any sea life – other than algae and kelp.

We contemplated walking out to the waterfall, but decided against it.  We still wanted to go to Etretat and work our way back down the coast line.  We just didn’t have the time to do “All The Things!”

Our priority destination for the day was Etretat, so we were off, for the famed white cliffs and arches of that coastal town.




5 thoughts on “Fécamp & Yport, France

  1. Great pictures again. I have a question, in the pic of the cliffs with Jon at the bottom, is the purple spot two thirds of the way up a lighting anomaly or was it purple there?

    • Just lens flare from catching the sunlight. What’s deceptive is how far away he still was when he was taking that photo, probably about 30-40 feet.

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