Cool, overcast and rainy again today. After a long day visiting the Normandy beaches we enjoyed a leisurely morning cruise to the small town of Les Andelys (The Angels). This tiny town has only a few short streets, but some great shops. I doubt anyone came back to the ship without at least one new scarf, hat or handbag.
The Viking crew provides plenty of entertainment to keep us busy during our cruising. This morning our chef demonstrated the creation of a Citrus Tart. This simple and delicious recipe can be made with lemon, lime or orange.
After lunch most of us joined a guided walk to Château Gaillard. The stronghold was built in the 12th century by Richard the Lionheart of England, who was also Duke of Normandy. The structure is considered the most dramatic sight anywhere along the Seine between the coast and Paris. The strongest and most magnificent castle of its age, it guarded the Seine River Valley and was the key structure in a vast system that defended Normandy during the Wars of Religion. It was also of critical importance in Richard’s campaigns against France. After a short climb we toured the exterior of this example of medieval siege warfare construction, considered invincible for as long as Richard lived. This is one of the most fantastic fortresses of Normandy.
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