We woke up to rain, so the children played indoors instead of going out into the garden.
As the rain showed no sign of letting up, we decided to head back north to Cherbourg for the day. We wandered around looking for a restaurant to eat lunch, feeling rather cold and wet. Most places were closed, but eventually we found one that was open. The service was absolutely amazing. There were bottles of water on the table before we’d even finished sitting down, the children’s food arrived within minutes and every time a bottle of water or basket of bread came close to being empty it was whisked off and quickly replaced. The food was delicious too.
We spent the afternoon at the Cite de la Mer museum. The entrance hall was filled with deep sea diving machines, all totally different shapes and sizes.
This shows the size of the manned chamber in the Archimedes. It was tiny compared to the unmanned part of the craft!
The main tank in the aquarium was 11 metres deep, making it the deepest in Europe! Aaron and Tabitha were particularly excited to see the sharks and rays, and Esther kept signing and saying “fish”.
Esther was too young to be allowed on the submarine, so my mum and I stayed with her while the others took a tour around Le Redoutable. They were amazed at how big it was inside. Then we had a quick look around the Titanic exhibition, which wasn’t particularly interesting.
Back at the gite, Aaron and Tabitha helped prepare food for dinner. These tomatoes were absolutely beautiful with their different colours and patterns! It almost seemed a shame to eat them.
Then the girls snuggled up with DDS for a bedtime story.