Day 9 – Normandy cruise

It's a rest day in Deauville and Trouville but someone forgot to tell the locals

We woke once more to blue skies and a sunny day but I fear our luck with the weather is rapidly running out.

Sunday is market day in Trouville, which means as well as the delicious food and fresh fish on show there are stalls selling pretty much anything. Want a kitchen implement? They’ve got it. Running short on undies? This is your place. Fancy a rummage through some second-hand clothes? No? OK, well if you did, you’d be happy here.

Interspersed between the weird and wonderful stalls are vendors selling vibrant fresh fruit and veg, and mind-boggling choices of cheese and saucisson. Whether you buy anything or not, a visit to a French market is always an experience.

Eventually I managed to tear myself away and attempted to stroll along the adjacent street, which is flanked with shops and restaurants. I was under the impression that Sunday is very much a sleepy day in France, with very few shops open. Not so in Trouville where negotiating my way through pushchairs and crowds of shoppers was like trying to walk down Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoon.

The rest of the fleet spent the day at the beach, or like me took a look at one of the markets in Trouville or Deauville.

The MBM team has just spent a very enjoyable evening boat hopping between AquaVit, Fizz and Portunas against a backdrop of World Cup football. Thanks guys. The rest of the boats seem relatively quiet compared to last night, perhaps an early night was called for.

Tomorrow the plan is to head to Fecamp for two nights. The first of the boats will set off at around 9.30am so here’s hoping the forecast wind is kept at bay.


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