We had a stressful hour escaping Paris, but once on the "freeway" it was truly smooth sailing, although all were a bit cranky from a skipped lunch and getting out of town. David managed to get into the groove with our car, a cute but very cramped Mercedes! (The first nightmare was attempting to get our luggage stowed. The trunk was not large enough for all of our suitcases, so the girls will be sharing the back seat with one. At least it is a barrier!)
After taking the exit in our directions, we passed what appeared to be a boarded up town, and I was hoping that this hotel would be better than our surroundings. Suddenly, an old sign pointed the way off the "main" road. I use that word loosely, as there is barely enough room for two cars to pass each other. We parked and looked at the side view of our Belle Isle Sur Risle Hotel building.
This is the front view.
a small portion of the parlour . . .
We were given two keys, and rooms at the top of the first landing, with a tiny hallway between. The girls room faces out from the side, and ours faces a wide expanse of lawn leading down to one portion of the river that surrounds this little oasis!
Jess sitting in the wide open casement, catching the breeze!
The bath . . . luxurious, with complementary slippers and bathrobes, along with the usual amenities.
We were starving, so we got back in the car and headed for the town proper of Pont-Audemer. It was after 2:30, and we soon discovered when asking, that most restaurants were closed until 7:30 PM. Luckily for us, there was a pub across the way and he offered us a bit of bread, ham and cheese.
Ham and cheese, French style! Yes, the cheese is melted on top! It's quite yummy!
Teeny, tiny streets. This was pedestrian only.
Gorgeous flowers in pots all along the canal, on both sides.
Ooh la la . . . for dinner tonight!
One of many passage ways, not sure if they are called ginnels in France? Anyone know??
Restaurant built in 1664
Another sign for a restaurant. After a leisurely walk about town, we returned to the hotel. David rested while the girls and I took our cameras to explore the property.
One of many, many flowering bushes. Many looked similar to roses, in red, pink and white.
This propped up tree was just one of several that were very interesting.
Jessica took this photo of us during our stroll.
This photo doesn't really do them justice, but the rocks in France are so cool. Jess and I have collected several from various locations, and many are agate-like. I found a perfectly round one, that I am sure is beautiful inside, but I like it's shape. This rock is everywhere. Larger ones surround flower beds and line walkways, but these small ones are what boring gravel is in our home town!
I love these ancient buildings and roofs! This one is growing a mohawk.
Looking up through the tree canopy.
This is the spa. We didn't have time to make reservations for a massage,
but it sure would have been nice if we had.
It was a lovely interlude, in the midst of what have seemed like very long days. If I had known what a treat it was, I would have booked two nights! As it was, we headed out for Caen, taking a route that wove through dozens of tiny villages, and along the beaches of Normandy. I snapped photos frequently and will share that adventure another day, as it is getting late.