It's been a long and interesting day today in Le Havre, and full of surprises. It was a total surprise to see just how big this port city is. We had a car booked and waiting for us in port today with a plan to drive up to Juno Beach. I have no real connection to Juno, as my father landed in Sicily during WW2, but being this close, we figured it was worth the trip. It's almost impossible to get to this area unless on a ship's excursion, and even then, they tend to lean their tours towards visiting Omaha Beach to suit all the Americans on board. We were waiting in line at the car rental booth when some other Canadians showed up looking to rent without a reservation. We ended up splitting the cost and sharing the vehicle. It was a win/win and it turned out having the extra sets of eyes was helpful in navigating. Bob and Sue are our new friends. That's right Jim and Sue, we made some new friends. If we start calling you Bob and Sue, you'll know why!!
I was a bit underwhelmed about Juno Beach but very impressed with the Cemetery in Beny-sur-Mer
We meandered back to the ship along the coastal road through many a small seaside resort town. And what beautiful beaches they have in this area. Villers-sur-Mer, Trouville-sur-Mer, Honfleur, small town after small town, all with equally beautiful waterfronts. We stopped in Deauville with our new friends and enjoyed a wee drink, and some cheese, of course!
While waiting in the cruise terminal to return our rental car, I was accosted leaving the ladies room
Tomorrow we're back to Southampton where a lot of passengers will be leaving us and a whole new bunch who we'll be crossing the Atlantic with. For us, a day of shopping!
Le Havre's and le have nots
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Le Havre, Normandy, France