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Anglers at the Lighthouse, Fécamp

In Normandy, the Alabaster Coast, 2 hours from Paris, Fécamp seduced by its authenticity. At the junction of four roads historical and heiress of a great past, she has witnessed the greatest period of industrial fishing.

Former capital of the Dukes of Normandy, the birthplace of the Benedictine liqueur, a leading center of radar during the 2nd World War, the city just waiting to reveal its riches. The fishing port and marina in the heart of the city, the pace of life of this seaside resort with many facets. Two-step, the Pays de Caux to go for hikes and discovery of land in an unspoiled landscape where green chips enhance the charm of old stone and thatched cottages. Led all year with its shops, restaurants, Casino and major appointments, Fécamp is a genuine call and promise an unforgettable stay.

Fécamp developed over the centuries to become the leading French cod-fishing port, and a museum is devoted to the "Terre-neuvas", the Fécamp fishermen who caught cod in the waters off Newfoundland. The fishermen's houses can be seen by the port, and their chapel on the cliffs, with its votive boats (which express a wish).
The history of Fécamp has always revolved around the fishing industry and its harbour (first mentioned in the 11th century). The reputation of the salt-herrings of Fécamp was established as early as the 10th century, that of smoked herrings from the thirteenth century. An association of whale fishermen was created in the 11th century. Fishing for cod started commercially in the 16th century, under the impetus of Nicolas Selles, an early shipping magnate. Throughout the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, Fécamp had an important role as the chief fishing port in France for cod and cod-related fish. This was the case up until the 1970s, when Canada stopped all access to their fishing grounds. First practiced by three-masted sailing ships, Atlantic fishing trips could last more than six months, the time taken to fill the hold with cod, which were salted to preserve them.
The fishing was actually carried out in small boats, carrying only two or three fishermen. Many of these small boats would be lost in the fog and never returned to the ship. As technology evolved, the three-mast boats disappeared, giving way to steamers, then to diesel-engined vessels. These days, only a small fishing fleet survives, restricted to fishing around coastal waters. In the harbour, pleasure-boats have taken the place of all but a few fishing-boats. ( Source: normandie-tourisme & wikipedia)

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