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Thursday, October 11, 2012

NORMANDY'S WHITE CLIFFS

Three massive natural stone arches at both ends of Etretat Plage inspired the impressionist painters Boudin, Monet and Manet. This stretch of Alabaster Coast, northeast of Le Havre, has been classified as a site of "national importance". The pebbled beach, sparked with quartz geodes, is wrapped in dramatic cliffs eroded into giant formations and offshore needles. Two of the arches, the Porte d'Aval and the Porte Amont, can be seen from the town; a third, the Manneport, only reveals itself after a walk at low tide when 17th century oyster beds also emerge from the sea.

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