Following an early night and a lay in for some, we set off early with bellies full of pain au chocolate. Today was to be our furthest day from the site; travelling first to the castle at L'Estamps, the port at Graveline then finishing at Le Coupole.
The castle was intriguing; much of it was built underground in the 17th century with wonderful star shaped ramparts enclosing the moulin and town. We were able to explore the boulangerie and the pillared rooms whilst looking at the original plans of the castle and some detailed artwork. Outside were some interesting sculptures in the cultivated gardens atop the river. We then ventured to Gravelines for our lunch by the sea , enduring extremely windy conditions and dive-bombing seagulls!
Although the journey to Le Coupole was the longest yet from our base, it was well worth the visit. We were all fascinated by the original rockets which were suspended from the ceilings, along with the many photographs which evoked some emotional responses from some of us. There were a few mini-cinemas around the museum which enabled us to watch the different films whilst listening through individual headsets - luckily enough, in English.
No frogs' legs or snails for supper tonight, burgers!!! Much to the relief of many of us!
Tommorrow brings us another busy day with the bakery, the sweet factory, lunch out in a restaurant and supper with some local french visitors. The days are just flying by!!!