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Caen

Written on: Friday February 2nd, 2007

A journal entry from: Rouen

Today I woke up very early to catch a 6:55 train to Caen with Jaimie. We arrived in the city around 8:30 and the sun had yet to come out and the city was just starting to get busy. Caen is the capital of the Basse-Normandie region and is well known for its castle and Abbey's and for the burial place of William the Conqueror. We had our stay loosely planned with hopes to go to the market at Place Saint-Sauver, visit Abbaye aux Hommes and the Chateau de Caen, but we kept our itinerary open to enable us to roam around and see the city. Since it was early and most of the city had yet to open, we roamed around the streets to get situated with the city and figure out a plan to our day. We passed by two churches, the first one we couldnt find the name of, but this church didnt have any of its spires left. The second church that we stumbled upon was Eglise Saint Pierre. This church was right across from the Chateau de Caen, but since it was closed for the morning, we decided that it would be best if we made that the last part of our leg. The market in Place Saint Sauver was quite large and even extended beyond Place Saint-Sauver. They had pretty much all the same stuff that we could mind at the market in rouen, but it was interesting to see all the local specialties that the vendors were selling. After Jaimie bought some bead necklaces, we decided to go to a cafe and take a rest before the Abbey opened. Cafe's are one of my favorite things that France has to offer. Theres nothing better than sitting down and buying a coffee and people watching for an hour. Jaimie got ahot chocoalte and a pain au chocolate and I got a cafe creme. You get a little snapshot of the french culture in these cafes. For example in the cafe we visited in Caen, there were two women working and there were probably only four other customers in the cafe so they werent too busy. Since it wasnt busy the atmoshpere of the cafe was calm and relaxing. The thing that I love about french cafe's is that you are never hurried to finish your coffee. Usually at home, whenever at a restaurant or getting a coffee, the atmosphere almost seems forced: they want you to get in get out and finish your food/coffee as soon as you can so that they can get as many customers in and out. However here, and in this cafe, we were never forced to finish our coffee and never felt like they were intently waiting for us to leave. They had set their own pace and they trully enjoyed their job. After our hour rest at the cafe we headed to the Abbey aux Hommes. The Romanesque Abbey is the burial site of the William the Conqueror. The abbey didnt take too much time to see, so after this we roamed around town and visited the tourist office to ask them about the D-day beaches. They didnt offer too much help, but we picked up some Bus Vert timetables which is the bus that drives along the coast so we decided that we would have to figure out most of the information ourselves. After this we found a small port and decided to have some lunch. After lunch we visited the Chateau Caen. The Castle provided an awesome panoramic view of the city. After spending some time in the castle, Jaimie and I decided that we should head into Bayeux. After a 15 min train we arrived in Bayeux around 5pm. We had booked an auberge jeunese online that was supposed to be a couple of minutes from the train station, however after trying to look for it and asking locals for directions, we soon realized that we booked a hostel not in Bayeux. Luckily we never placed a deposit, so we were able to find a small auberge jeunese in town. It was a nice little place that was probably busy in the summer, but now in the off season, Jaimie and I were the only people vacating the building. We were extremely exhausted from our full day of walking, so we decided to take a nap before exploring the city. After our nap, we started to explore the city. The streets were pretty empty, which was nice, and we were able to find a little restaurant. We both ordered pizza, which was AMAZING! The ingrediants were all fresh and the pizza definitely rivaled the fresh oven pizza that my dad makes. After dinner we returned to the auberge and started mapping out our plan for the next day. We both wanted to go to the D-day beaches, but my priotity was the American Beach Omaha and Jaimie's was the Canadian Beach Juno. We also both wanted to see the Arromanches. However, after consulting the price lists for tours and after researching the timestables for busses, we realized that we would have to split up with Jaimie going to Juno beach, and myself going to the American cemetery on Omaha beach.

 

From Bruno on Dec 21st, 2015

I had car accident (it wasn't my fault, it was pkerad when another car run into it). Few days after I've received a letter from my isurance company saying: Please contact us to confirm how the details of the other party were optained? . Also they are asking me if I was a witness of the accident or did a witness provide me with information. I don't know what exactly they are asking about? Dothey want to know how I get details of the other driver or are they asking about the company that have my car now to repair it?