To start the new year, I am re-posting from last year on the Norman tradition of a cool dip on New Years Day. Just a fastastic way to start the year.
Is there a good way to start the new year? Celebrate midnight in style, and you wake up with a headache and a mess to tidy up, and at least one resolution broken in the first twenty-four hours. This year, with guests to entertain, we decided the headaches had to be ignored. And the mess: we decided to leave it behind.
But where to go? New Years Day was both a Sunday and a bank holiday. Northern France was closed for business. Not a museum or a restaurant to be visited. There were many small children in our party, so a walk in the forest wouldn’t be easy. That left the beach. Perfect.
I like beaches best in the dead of winter. Preferably stony, with the wind whipping salt through my hair, and a moody slate-grey sea. I am not the bikini type: for one thing, my skin fries in the…
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I was in Étretat last year. It was really amazing to see that old city and the creativity of mother nature on how to model the cliffs.
My posts on Étretat and the Normandie start here: http://solaner.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/im-back-5/