Last night I was asking Julian about the food in Normandy and what I needed to try. I wake up to a note saying that if I want to have a real Norman breakfast I should put Calvados in my coffee. I don't intend to actually do it, it's 9am after all, until I find this mug... Leftover from an America theme party Julian threw. So now I HAVE to.
I need to take the 12:15 train to Bayeaux then the bus to Colleville and Omaha beach so I left the flat at 11. I get to the station and am very confused because the departures screen is only showing trains starting at 14:15. I ask an attendant and discover my train isn't running because of the strikes, and the trains start running again at 14:15. Well, that's not going to work because I need to be at the Calvados distillery by 2:30 for my English speaking tour. I decide to postpone the whole plan until tomorrow and hope the trains are running by then. I consult my map and see that I'm near the hippodrome, so I head there. If anything it will be a nice place to study the map and decide my route.
Lucky for me I got there in time to see a warm up and a race!
I have no idea who won, but I could hear yelling so it was an exciting finish. Also, it looks very uncomfortable to ride that way but what do I know.
I then start walking aimlessly through the city.
Yay. Shade. I enjoy an hour with my feet in the grass, then get a text from Julian saying if I meet him at the town hall he can drive me back to the flat. It's a deal. I quick pop into the supermarket for some food, then meet him under the American flag in front of the town hall.
I got sucked into Château de Caen for 4 hours. It's free to walk around, you just have to pay if you want to go into the museums, so of course I had to walk everywhere and see every angle of the ruined castle.
I go up a street filled with shops and end up near some impressive looking buildings.
I soon realize that it's Town Hall, where Julian works, and L'Abbey-aux-Hommes, where William the Conqueror was buried.
Finally I make it!
Once at the flat we change and go to his friends house for a dinner party. Everyone was incredibly nice, and I entertained myself by trying to understand the French spoken around me. I understood the general conversation. Sometimes. haha Julian had to be my translator. All of a sudden it was midnight so we all said goodbye. Checked online and it said that the train strikes are over, so I'm optimistic for my adventure tomorrow.