Relaxation on the promenade, Étretat
Étretat is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France. It is a tourist and farming town situated about 32 km (20 mi) northeast of Le Havre, at the junction of the D940, D11 and D139 roads. It's located on the coast of the Pays de Caux area.
Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed "needle". These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudina, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently in the 1909 Arsène Lupin novel The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc.
Two of the three famous arches seen from the town are the Porte d'Aval, and the Porte d'Amont. The Manneporte is the third and the biggest one which cannot be seen from the town.
The GR 21 long-distance hiking path (Le Havre to Le Tréport) passes through the town.
Étretat was the birthplace of Élie Halévy (1870–1937), philosopher and historian.
Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893) spent most of his childhood in Étretat, at "Les Verguies". In 1882 he wrote a short story for Le Gaulois entitled "The Englishman of Étretat" (L'Anglais d'Étretat), based on encounters in 1868, as a house guest of G. E. J. Powell, with the English poet Algernon Charles Swinburne, whom he had helped save from drowning. The dried human hand displayed on one of the tables was later acquired by Maupassant to adorn his Paris apartment; it inspired another short story, "The Flayed Hand" (La Main Écorchée). In 1883 he built his own house in Étretat, "La Guillette", in the Mediterranean style in "Le Grand Val", since renamed rue Guy-de-Maupassant. Jean-Baptiste Faure (1830–1914), the great French operatic baritone whose career centred on Paris and London, also owned a villa there. A friend of the artist Edouard Manet and a keen collector of art, Faure did amateur paintings of the local area, including the scenic cliffs.
The White bird
Étretat is known for being the last place in France from which the 1927 biplane The White Bird (L'Oiseau Blanc) was seen. French WWI war heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli were attempting to make the first non-stop flight from Paris to New York, but after the plane's 8 May 1927 departure, it disappeared somewhere over the Atlantic. It is considered one of the great unexplained mysteries of aviation. A monument to the flight was established in Étretat, but destroyed during World War II, during German occupation. A new and taller monument was constructed in 1963, along with a nearby museum.
The economy of Etretat rests mainly on tourism, which gives the locals a growing commercial outlet. The city places itself as the number one tourist attraction in Upper Normandy, as the site most visited along with Fécamp Abbey, the Rouen Cathedral and the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny. (Source: wikipedia & Etretat)
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snunney (72566) 2012-09-13 3:43
A lively image with a nice touch of humour about it. I like the point of view and the juxtaposition between the bookshop and the cliffs. Very good rendering of colours and detail. Have a pleasant day.
timecapturer (36972) 2012-09-13 4:21
love this! So full of character and the atmosphere of a summer day by the sea. Wonderfully composed and executed and yes very relaxing! Excellent!
Kind regards - Brian.
Sergiom (45244) 2012-09-13 5:04
Même si il y a beaucoup de monde sur la promenade, cet homme ne semble pas s'en préoccuper. Le sommeil semble très lourd.J'aime beaucoup cette scène de la vie quotidienne avec un superbe arrière plan.
sandpiper (6560) 2012-09-13 5:10
Great shot and composition. I love the sleeping guy on the deck chair and teh woman reading a book. Clearly they are locals who see this awesome view every day.
vrabieionut (2189) 2012-09-13 5:45
Very good shot...unusual place for relaxation. The colors and composition are wonderful.Good job.
Royaldevon (21367) 2012-09-13 10:44
This reminds me of postcards that used to be fashionable to send to friends when they were at home and you were on holiday; very much the 'Wish you were here!' slogan.
Iy is utterly delightful, encapsulating the associations of a holiday: sleeping in deckchairs, reading, chivying the children along to find a good spot, crowds, shorts, the beach, the sea ...! Oh, I wish I was there!
Good focal images in the f/g, with lots to guide us beyond. I do like how you have been able to include so much red. It is very enlivening!
My warm regards,
jlbrthnn (79789) 2012-09-13 11:51
For some people, reading is a true soporific, unless it is fatigue after grade-cliffs;) Another type of photo around the famous cliffs. Excellent quality. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
carlo62 (19313) 2012-09-13 14:57
fino ad ora sembrava un luogo molto tranquillo e riservato, adesso ci mostri il luogo con tutte queste persone, l'effetto è molto diverso, anche se la bellezza non cambia.
divail (7884) 2012-09-13 18:51
C'est une très belle scène de vacances, dommage qu'elles soient terminées. J'aime les couleurs franches de la petite librairie et le superbe paysage qui l'entoure. Les personnages semblent détendus :)
TopGeo (38080) 2012-09-13 23:12
Wow, what an impressive place, beautiful relaxation, and fantastic FG and BG that looks charm with rocks side the sea! Excellent POV, excellent framing and composition, great perspective! Flawlessly light management, wonderful colours, excellent definition!
emka (64110) 2012-09-13 23:59
Hi George, A lot of tourists find here the place for relaxation. Lively shot. Superb presentation of the popular place. Nice summer holidays atmosphere. But I prefer the places less crowded.
Warm regrads, have a nice weekend
dkmurphys (42409) 2012-09-14 4:25
Totally relaxation mood. I like the place and the atmosphere. Well taken.
Silvio1953 (105343) 2012-09-14 6:51
Ciao George, lovely relaxing composition, fantastic natural arch in BG, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
siamesa (27461) 2012-09-14 16:25
Boa noite George
A funny capture of this moment of relaxation of that man. Surely this place is very peaceful.
tedesse (23996) 2012-09-15 12:00
Good relaxing after an exhausting bike tour!
Nice frame, good colors and sharpness.
Have a nice Sunday
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-13 1:28