Thursday, December 18, 2008

17 & 18 Dec 08 – Day 6 & 7 (Caen & Mont St Michel)

Ate breakfast in Hotel Park, Bruges around 6.30am and departed for Caen at 7.30am. For some reasons, our driver liked to tease me a lot. While he was loading my luggage onto the coach, he commented that at the start of the trip, my luggage case was the lightest and after Bruges, it suddenly got heavier. He then asked me what I put inside and I replied chocolate, feeling very embarrassed. Fortunately he was also a chocolate lover and understood.

After 3+hr journey, we met up with the Caen local guide at 2pm for a walking tour and we visited The Abbaye-aux-Hommes and the City Square. The local guide told us that Apple wine, Calvados and Prommue, is the specialty in Caen and that Le Drakka is a type of small chocolate pastry only found in Caen. It’s powdery on the outside, hollow in the middle filled w soft chocolate. We checked into Hotel Holiday Inn City around 3pm and walked around the City on own till 6.30pm. Bought a small box of the Le Drakka to try and then headed back to the hotel for dinner.

Street of Caen

The Abbaye-aux-Hommes

Building used to be made of wood but due to fire reason, new ones were made of limestone

Church of St. Pierre

During the dinner, each table was given two bottles of wine, red and white. The people on my table don’t drink and that include myself. Our driver sat with us and tried his best to psycho us to drink or at least taste coz he said the wine from Europe is the best. Kim simply refused to try and in the end only another teenage boy and I tasted both the red and white wine. I must agree that both were very smooth and I prefer the white one.

The next day we had breakfast in Hotel Holiday Inn City around 8am and then walked around the City as well as to explore the Caen Castle from 8.30am – 10.30am. During the walk around the City, we saw people protesting. Fortunately, all they did was hold banners and nothing more serious. After that we were on the road again to travel to Mont St Michel via the coastal road. Along the way, we visited D-Day landing area and ate lunch in a restaurant in Arromanches before reaching Hotel Digue around 3+pm and walked to Mont St Michel on foot to explore. Headed back to the hotel around 6.30pm and ate dinner there at 7pm.

D-Day Museum

Our lunch - Starter

Our lunch - Main Course

Our lunch - Dessert

Mont St Michel

Area around Mont St Michel

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