Day 3: Millie’s trip from Normandy to Dieppe, raising funds for Arts4Dementia

Click on the thumbnails to see enlargements. In Millie’s own words:

Enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Cygne very much – charming couple Nicholas and Brigitte who gave us a very warm welcome. Turns out Nicholas is a cousin of the Doucet’s in Oraison! He had worked at their Confiserie in the 80s and makes a mean Tarte aux Pommes: small world! We set off around 9 for the 20k ride to Forges les Eaux (spa) where the Avenue Verte starts.

We bought a picnic and a lovely coffee eclair. You can see the cake shop behind the two old men on the bench. I went down a well (see the photo above), then onto the paved track to the edge of Dieppe – quite a few station cafés en route – all closed! Sure they open when the season starts.

A beautiful chateau and water mill and lots of small road crossings. Weather was better than expected – some wind, some sun and no rain. Outskirts of Dieppe very grim, harbour classily French – must have been painted many times. Got cold waiting to be loaded – but we were at the front of lane 1 with the motorbikes. Now on the ferry Seven Sisters, setting off for Newhaven with 4 hours to go and fish & chips to sustain us, the North Easterly winds promise a rough ride! Rain forecast for tomorrow’s Newhaven to London leg. Feeling very tired!

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