White Cliffs at Etretat on the Alabaster Coast of France

The unusual rock formations at Étretat on the Alabaster Coast of France have inspired many artists including Monet.

Unusual Rock Formations at Entretat on the Alabaster Coast of FranceMonet’s painting of this scene, painted early in the morning when the fishing boats were just setting out and the dawn add luminous colours.
Painting of Entretat by Monet Monet must have positioned himself partway up the hill on the other side (also worth a painting or two) in order to get this view of the bay.
white rock formations on the Alabaster Coast of Normandy, France
Many people were climbing up to the little church on the cliff top.
White rock formations on the Alabaster Coast of Normandy, France lead up to a church on the cliffThe tide was out so we opted to walk along the shore.
Unusual Rock Formations at Entretat on the Alabaster Coast of France The chalk cliffs have been carved into interesting shapes by the wave action.
white rock formations stained green in Etretat At low tide there are many tide pools in the dimpled rock formations underfoot.
Green tide pool world in Etretat on the Alabaster Coast of Normandy, France An old photo of rock collectors at Étretat. Today it is prohibited to collect the beach rocks as they protect the chalk cliffs from erosion by the waves.
An old photo of the rock collectors at Étretat A sample of a few of the ‘collectable’ rocks in a tide pool.
rocks in a tide pool at Etretat on the Alabaster Coast of Normandy, France Al went further along the shore than I did; I was finding the seaweed too slippery for my liking. There were some dark caves there, one with a sign saying, ‘Here you are in a safety area. Do not panic. Please wait for the tide to go out before leaving.’
White rock formations on the Alabaster Coast of Normandy, France We were there too early for lunch but this ‘Plat du Jour‘ looks pretty enticing…
Plat du Jour sign at Étretat

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