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Published: January 17th 2013
Our Home Away from Home
Since we decided not to overpay for breakfast, once we were on the road and as soon as I spotted an open store, I made a pit stop. This would be our first of our almost daily shopping trips to Carrefour. Kind of like a French Walmart in some locations and like a Quickee Mart in others. No matter what size, they always had fresh bread, fruit and pre-fab sandwiches. On this particular day Cassie and I went with the chicken salad sandwich and Coke Zero. French Coke Zero tastes much sweeter than ours. (Photo borowed from Google Earth because I was not concious enough to take my own picture of the place).
As much as I ended-up loving France, I mean Normandy, on this trip, there is one aspect of travel where the French fail miserably against their Germand and English competitors: breakfast. The French breakfasts were very good when we chose to have them but whereas the Brits and Krauts offer breakfast as part of the hotel or B&B price, the French choose to tack on the cost as an extra. 8 Euro per person for breakfast quickly adds up to $40 just for breakfast for our group of four. I guess you actually get your money's worth because the few times we did buy the breakfasts we were served big baguettes, croissants, jams, fresh Normandy butter, cheese, meats, cereal, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit and yoghurt at our table, but for me breakfast is the least important meal of the day. I'd rather save that money for a nice lunch.
Our first morning in France we decided to forego the offered 7.50€ breakfast and start our long drive North toward Dieppe. Instead of taking the highway which would've gotten us there in an hour and a half, I had plotted a route through the more scenic hills and forests. Once
Oops! I Don't Need this U/V Filter Now
After gulping down our on-the-go breakfasts (breakfast for 4 of us cost less than one hotel breakfast), we continued on taking the scenic route between Rouen and Dieppe. Saint Saens was to be the first of countless quaint, "charming" villages we'd drive through on this trip. Stupidly, I forgot that I had installed a filter on my camera lens to cut down on the sun's glare.
we checked-out of the hotel and hauled our suitcases back to the underground parking lot we found a completely empty lot except for our Renault. The day before we had to wait for people to leave the lot to find a space.
Back on the road we headed right into a rainstorm. Nothing too intense and thankfully with temperatures well above freezing. It just made for a lousy day to take pictures. It wasn't long before the rest of the car was back asleep. I headed Northeast toward the town of Saint-Saenz. The Michelin green guide had noted that this was an interesting small town noted for its stone and brick buildings.
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