The boat docked overnight in Caudebec…we came from Rouen down the Seine toward the Atlantic Coast. The 2 Abbeys are back a bit, so we bused a short way.
First is a ruin at Jumieges…it is being restored, but is about 20% of what it was in its prime.
Funny way they had for doing away with these places when they were out of favor…they declared them as “free building materials” places, so you could just come and take the stone, timbers, windows, etc. Very effective…like a free day at Home Depot…only this lasted a century or so. No roof on this part, but magnificent…and we loved the grass.
It’s really high up to that top part.
Some places they are working on the restoration…Nancy is entranced. Do you like her new coat? It didn’t rain, but was just getting into the 70’s without my sun yet.
Next Abby stop was a few miles away at Saint-Wandrille and a working place of the Benedictines. We were greeted in French by Brother Julien (quite a stage presence).
This place has many resident workers and businesses galore, while preserving their history and living by many restrictive rules….like monks, as they say.
They do Gregorian Chanting each day…we missed it, but could hear it playing in the gift shop at the end of the tour, of course.
Their newest enterprise is making beer, using the cool, clear spring water on the premises. They have 500 acres with sheep and other farm animals along with bees…so, they have those active businesses, too.
But, when the bell rings, they go to pray.
That closed our Abbey morning, then the cruise continued from our overnight port at Caudebec to the end of the Seine at Le Havre. We leave after lunch and expect to get in there about 10 on Monday night.
There is still plenty of odd stuff floating by us as we dock and float.
Here is our docked ship and some scenes as we made our way West to Le Havre…toward the English Channel.