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Day 5: Honfleur and Caudebec-en-Caux (5)

Ecole Maternelle in Caudebec-en-Caux

Next, we walked to the green part of Caudebec-en-Caux, which had several schools: among them, the école Maternelle les Tourerelles, a preschool for children from ages three to five.

école Jacques Prevert, Caudebec-en-Caux

The name of the town's primary school, école Jacques Prevert, caught our attention (probably because we're just old enough to remember the Slim Pickens character in Stanley Kubrick's movie, Dr. Strangelove).

Schoolchildren and parents in Caudebec-en-Caux

Circque Thierry Zavatta van

School was letting out as we walked by, and touts from the Cirque Thierry Zavatta were announcing the visit of the circus over a loudspeaker from a van across the street.

Old fortifications in Caudebec-en-Caux

Old prison in Caudebec-en-Caux

L'ancienne prison sign in Caudebec-en-Caux

It's often said that Caudebec-en-Caux was destroyed (except for its church) in World War II, but such reports are inaccurate. The town still has a number of fortifications along the "Circuit Médiéval," one of half a dozen tourist routes in the town and its vicinity.

Each building or remnant of the old city walls has a detailed sign about its history in French and English. (These buildings, which include the Harfleur Towers and the Old Prison, are near the schools and the town center.)

Pedestrian and bicycle signs in Caudebec-en-Caux

Caudebec-en-Caux is a great town for pedestrians and bicyclists: Car traffic is minimal, except on the town's outskirts, and busy areas have dedicated paths for biking or walking.

Maison des Tempiers and landscaping, Caudebec-en-Caux

Flowers in Caudebec-en-Caux

Flowers on medieval building in Caudebec-en-Caux

Flowers alongside a stream in Caudebec-en-Caux

Flowers on lamppost in Caudebec-en-Caux

One of the most endearing features of Caudebec-en-Caux, at least for us, was the preponderance of flowers. Everywhere we looked, we could see flowers on buildings, along the street, next to streams, or on lamp posts. We'd never visited a town where the municipal gardeners clearly worked as hard as the jardiniers in Caudebec-en-Caux.

WC in Caudebec-en-Caux

Public urinals in Caudebec-en-Caux

Dog-waste bags in Caudebec-en-Caux

The town also deserves credit for its free--and clean--public toilets: We counted four lavatories in the city center, including this public convenience that offered outdoor urinals (for Frenchmen who enjoy whizzing in the open air after imbibing too much of the local cidre) and a dispenser of merde de chien bags.

RIVER BARONESS in Caudebec-en-Caux

It was getting late in the afternoon, and we were due back on River Baroness at 5:30 p.m., so we reluctantly tore ourselves away from the pleasant town of Caudebec-en-Caux and headed back to the ship.

Pont de Brotonne

Pont du Brotonne - cable suspension bridge

The ship departed Caudebec-en-Caux at 6 p.m., passing under the Pont de Brotonne suspension bridge on its way upriver to Vernon. (During the evening, we would cruise through Rouen and go through the series of locks that we'd traversed in the previous days.)

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Day-by-day River Baroness cruise photos:
Day 1: Embarkation in Paris
Day 2: Les Andelys
Day 3: D-Day Sites
Day 4: Rouen
Day 5: Honfleur, Caudebec-en-Caux
Day 6: Giverny
Day 7: A Day in Paris
Day 8: Disembarkation

Also see:
Uniworld River Baroness cruise review
Paris for Visitors
Uniworld River Countess cruise review (Venice and Venetian Lagoon)