What to see in Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue in Normandy

Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue is famous for its oyster farming, seafood restaurants, and as a departure point for the islet of Tatihou.

These are some impressions from our time around the city.

Maison Gosselin is a good shop for quality products. It looks like a green grocer’s from the outside, but it has a large selection of very different and interesting products from the area.

Narrow streets leading to the harbor road.

My husband, the perpetual seafood hunter, had me watch him eat this plate at ‘La CriĂ©e du Tomahawk’ for 1:40hr.

Here are the fruits of my labor (my patience).

There is oyster farming all around.

Oyster beds in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

Evening stroll around the port area.

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

Both vacation rentals had no wifi, so we had to hunt for hot spots. The Tourism Office in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue had the best one – very good reception and… a wall to sit on. 🙂

The Town of Chettehou in Normandy

We left our vacation rental in Barfleur on a Saturday morning, which also happened to be market day. This merry-go-round was the first thing we saw when we left the house.

Market day in Barfleur

We spent most of the day in and around Chettehou until we could check into our next accommodation at 4pm.

The guy on the ladder is street art.

Street art in Chettehou

The sign ‘1041km -> Erlabrunn’ signals the distance to its German sister city of Erlabrunn, which happens to be in my hometown area of Franconia (northern Bavaria).

Chettehou – Erlabrunn

The best way to spend a lazy afternoon is at the beach collecting sea glass.

This was our rental home, a former cider farm house. This living room used to be the place where horses (real horse power) turned the stone wheel to mash the apples.

Cider farm house in Chettehou

As usual, I enjoy the mornings sitting outside the most. Our little back yard had a creek, a waterfall (old water mill) in the back, and the biggest hazelnut tree I had ever seen.

This vacation rental was a bit off the beaten path, and you needed a car to get around (the other one in Barfleur was in the center of town). It was worth it.

German Gun Battery at La Pointe de NĂ©ville in Normandy

From Spain to Norway, Hitler had created an “Atlantic Wall”, composed of defensive fortifications, such as this gun battery at La Pointe de NĂ©ville.

Most of the gun emplacements were destroyed.

Beach at La Pointe in NĂ©ville
Entrance to a bunker in NĂ©ville
Part of the gun battery at NĂ©ville
Gun battery ceiling at NĂ©ville

Our next stop was the Gatteville Le Phare, which, at 71m in height, is the tallest lighthouse in France. It takes 365 stairs to reach the top, which is better suited to the sturdy traveler.

The Little Town of RĂ©ville in Normandy

The weather forecast called for 17° -19° C on most days in July. But with the sun, it felt more like 30°C, which can easily go unnoticed due to the constant breeze.

This food below is the reason for going to the French coast. So my husband can feast on seafood every day. My selection of dishes in seafood restaurants is rather limited, but the wine sure helps.

Every day, we took some short trips by car to visit other surrounding villages. Here we are in the village of RĂ©ville (population: about 1000), where we enjoyed some espresso, with the owner’s dog joining our table. I tried out my French on him. He walked away.

We also visited the local church and cemetery. I was very surprised to see sea glass used for decoration on graves. I collect it for other reasons…

A Grave in RĂ©ville, Manche, Normandy
Church in RĂ©ville

This statue by the famous French painter, Guillaume Romain Fouace, has a prominent place in the church. Fouace was born into a farm family in RĂ©ville in 1837. His tomb features a recumbent white marble statue of his daughter Beatrix (1875–1888).

Beatrix Fouace statue in RĂ©ville

The Town Hall of Reville is still decked out from D-Day, and for future activities to come.

Seafood platter are about € 25 – 30 on average.

Every evening, when we left the restaurant after some wining & dining, the boats sure look a bit off. 🙂

Hotel Moderne in Barfleur

Barfleur, most famous for its port a long time ago, is famous for oysters and mussels today.

Barfleur, Normandy

One of my interests is collecting historical postcards. With this one, we walked around town trying to locate it. The last mention of the hotel restaurant was made in some restaurant review forum in 2015.

This poster on site shows the Annexe Hotel Moderne, which is the building on the left. The one on the right is the post office today.

This is the the same Annexe Hotel Moderne today. We had hoped for a delicious smell wafting from the kitchen (any restaurant will do around lunch time), but instead only heard party music blaring at noon. The restaurant itself, a different building on the left of the square, looked very closed up, and in a neglected condition, so it was not worth taking a photo. As a matter of fact, at first we passed right by it during our search.

Annexe Hotel Moderne, Barfleur

Normandy is dotted with deserted beaches like this. I hope it stays this way.

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