Le Havre's and le have nots

Sunday, September 07, 2014
Le Havre, Normandy, France
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 . It was good to see the two spots together though, because even though there is reference to the loss of life at Juno Beach, the magnitude of it is really driven home when you see those rows upon rows of headstones at the cemetery. And what impressed me most was the care taken of that cemetery by the French. It was peacefully situated in the middle of a farming area. It was serenely quiet which is quite a contrast from the mournful and constant calls of the seagulls at Juno Beach.

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 . An elderly couple lay in wait and as soon as I stepped out the door, they asked if I'd help them with their IPad and wifi connection. Now, I'm no member of the Geek Squad, nor should I be in Technical Support with Apple. I am self sufficient with my computer skills, but that's about it. Kier just laughs now, cause it's not the first time I've been approached by an elderly passenger asking if I'd help them with something. It's becoming almost expected. I always help them out the best that I can if for no other reason that I think it's quite cool when an 80+ person asks me if I can help them with their FaceTime or send a text message. How cool is that, really??

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!
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vanda
2014-09-07

Well done, you seem to draw the seniors regardless, I believe they pick you out of the crowd because they feel you look so smart and naturally know everything. Mother is so proud of you for helping, regardless even if they do want your seat.. Be kind to the helpless seniors, just remember it could be an Angel and it would be best to keep thaat in mind. xoxo Mum

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