On board a bus with other Filipinos, we hit Etretat, Normandie on a sunny Sunday. It was a Sunday after the football match between France and Uruguay and before the FIFA World Cup Championship. I am stating the football matches because I forgot the exact date and all I remember was that I was thinking of football and people are talking about it when I was there. So, it’s the 8th of July.
It was a trip organized by a group of Surigaonon in Paris and one of them, Krystel, was kind enough to invite me. The bus was surprisingly quiet. I was really expecting some lively chit-chat from here to there like the usual thing when Filipinos gather. With or without chit-chat, I love bus rides. It’s an avenue for thinking and daydreaming and making some connection with your own self. You know, you have to say hello to yourself too.
We departed some 20 minutes past 8 in the morning and arrived in Etretat around 11. When we arrived, everybody was so excited… to go to the toilets first then find the beach. The queue was really long and I was left behind so I just followed the stream of tourists in going to the beach, worried at some points since the road seemed not to be leading me there but to the centre-commercial.
I walked and walked and walked, squeezing myself in the midst of the crowd and still I haven’t that felt I was getting closer to the beach. Then, I’ve seen that sudden wide empty space with the clear blue sky above as I l mounted the steps going to some sort of a vast platform. From there, you can roam your eyes without much obstacle except for that curtain of fog hiding England.
I am a fan of the manga Lupin III, said to be the grandson of Arsène Lupin of Maurice Leblanc’s novel. The author lived in Etretat. There I was, sweeping the place from corner to corner with my eyes. This is the same view that he has seen during his time, the same view that artists like Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and a lot more have seen. Well, for sure there are some changes due to population growth, development and erosion but in general it’s the same view. Let me share this blog https://drawpaintacademy.com/painting-the-cliffs-of-etretat/ with the works of Monet in there.
Etretat is known for its chalk cliffs (falaises) and of course the needle (l’aiguille). Once in my life, when I was a student, I have used a photo of the Needle of Etretat as my wallpaper but I didn’t know then that it’s in France. I was just picking up wallpapers randomly without checking its info.
|One of the “Aiguille” of Etretat|
My vocabulary couldn’t give justice to the beauty of the cliffs of Etretat, hence, it’s better to check my photos.
|View of the main beach of Étretat with the “Needle” from the cliff where you can find the chapel|
|Another interesting cliff. This near the chapel.|
|View of the town of from the side where the prominent “Aiguille” can be found…|
|Hello birdy. I guess it’s a mouette.|
|If you’re looking for a place where to take your pre-nup photos…|
|Another amazing rock formation…|
|That’s me. I was really there.|
|One of the 3 Aiguilles I’ve seen.|
|This is the beach in Normandie.|
|Typical architecture in Normandie. |
|I love cute houses.|