Translation: A Week in Normandy Part Two:
Finally able to post part two about our adventure in France. I am still skipping Day 3 as I plan to post more about that later.
We had originally planned to spend day 4 in Rouen, but when traveling with 10 and 6-year-old boys, there are just so many churches, cemeteries and beautiful architecture you can look at before you have super bored little boys. While my boys love history, they can only take so much over a few days time.
So, instead we went to the zoo!!! If there is a zoo anywhere near where we are, we go. Zoos are one of our favorite things to do as a family. The Cerza Zoo is a fully self-sustaining zoo in the Normandy region. It has all the animals you would expect to see, an extremely successful breeding program, and it uses solar and wind power for electricity all while recycling all the water used at the park. The day we were there I believe they had 14 different species of baby animals. There is a train that goes around the whole park that is included in the price of admission, a couple of good snack bars and several restaurants. You can also stay at the zoo and we have talked about going back for a few days and actually staying in their lodges.
Day 5 was spent in the City of Lights. It was a miserable, rainy, cold day. That didn’t deter us or our spirits. We took the train from Rouen to Paris and went straight to The Louvre. The Louvre has got it all figured out. Children are free and adults only cost €16 each to see everything. There was an area to check your bags and your coat and hours upon hours of beautiful, incredible art to see. Of course we saw all that you would expect us to, including the Mona Lisa. We left the Louvre and walked to Notre Dame, then caught a train to the Eiffel Tower. Typical tourist stuff but we made great memories for us and for the boys.
Day 6 we went back to Honfleur. We just couldn’t get enough of this beautiful village. This time we treated ourselves to a great meal. Some of the best, freshest seafood we have had in a very long time. We walked off that lunch at the local beach and went back to the resort to pack for home.
France was beautiful and all that we expected and more. The people were friendly and helpful, the countryside was reminiscent of home (Southern US), and the we had so much fun. We can’t wait to go again!!