Visiting Cap Fagnet, above Fécamp on the Normandy Coast of France

Mid-afternoon June 8, 2015.

Today’s route took us from Rouen to Le Havre and then up the Alabaster Coast.

Cap Fagnet, high above Fécamp on the Normandy Coast of France, offers a breathtaking panorama of the sea, the cliffs, the harbor and the city below.

A view of Fecamp harbour from Cap Fagnet in FranceWe didn’t stay long in the city itself – a terrific storm was whipping up the waves and salt spray was everywhere.
Salt spray and seagulls in FecampThe Chapel of Our Lady of Hi, atop the ‘Cap’ was both a sailors’ chapel and a landmark to pray to when they passed by in their boats.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Hi at Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of FranceA skull found in the outside wall of the chapel.A skull found in the wall of the chapel at Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of FranceA bas-relief of a fish marks the sailors’ chapel at Cap Fagnet.A bas-relief of a fish marks the sailors' chapel at Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of FranceA stained glass window in the chapel.A stained glass window the chapel at Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of FranceWe walked aways to Cap Nona where we had a better view of the chapel and the golden statue atop its steeple.
The golden statue on the steeple of the chapel at Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of FranceOn our walk we passed an old bunker from World War II, one of many along this coast.
An old bunker at Cap Fagnet on the Alabaster Coast of FranceIn the Middle Ages Cap Fagnet was pilgrimage stop for processions on their way to celebrate the ‘Day of the Annunciation’ at Notre-Dame de Mars. I’m not exactly sure where this is – a Google search shows up a potential cathedral near Rouen, but another possibility is a statue of Christ in Marseille (and for those so inclined, a Marseille bar with the same name).Pilgrimage sign A rock wall filled with carved skulls The Chapel of Our Lady of Hi at Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of France

Rusty sign at Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of FranceA sign showing some of the walks from Cap Fagnet, many which go along the cliffs.
A sign showing some of the walks from Cap Fagnet on the Normandy Coast of FranceOur route for the day, starting in Rouen.France Planning Map: the Etretat Coastal Route

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