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Today we face the last day of our holidays, save the trip home. Thus we are committed to enjoy it. The weather helps and yesterdays rain is forgotten. First stop is the Château Gaillard overlooking Les Andelys and the surrounding area. It was build in just two years from 1196 by Richard the Lionhardt, who at the time was not only King of England, but also Duke of Normandy. The castle has a long and very interesting history. As so often Wikipedia is a good start.
It is a mighty fine castle.
There is a second castle on the list, alas a much posher one. The Château de La Roche-Guyon has got a history full of changes. Started at the same time as Château Gaillard it didn’t end up as ruin, but rather as a nice example of a proper representative chateau of the Ancien Regime. With a few interesting quirks. This has to do with the fact, that the castle is build half way into the cliff side.
Halfway up they added a pigeonry right into the rock. Just because they could.
Finally reaching the top of the keep, commanding views over the Seine valley open up.
Back down to the valley floor, we tend to the chateau’s garden.
Next stop are the 4 ecluses near Gaillon. As the name suggests, these are 4 parallel locks of various sizes, from Freycinet size to outright huge.
Unfortunately the site is quiet inaccessible. And the pictures not great.
After the cultural part, its back to the chores and we go shopping. Wine, good flour and other things that are hard to get or very expensive in Ireland. We like to believe that the holiday pays for itself, if only we drink enough cheap wine over the winter. You can’t see a flaw? We neither.
Back to the camp for a swim in the pool and then off to town for a special treat. We have booked a table at the Les Saveurs du Liban et de l’Orient. A Lebanese restaurant, with Meze being a speciality. Truly amazing, spectacular food, great chef. Cosy restaurant. Go there.
And that’s really it. Next morning we hitch up the boat and get on the way to the ferry at Cherbourg. We park the boat at the ferry harbour and do a little detour to the fishing village of Barfleur. Beautiful spot.