Dieppe, fishing ,corsairs, and Normandy!

This is another of my watering holes, as it is close to me, and great quaint, seamen town of France. It is located in the department of  Seine-Maritime, region of Haute Normandie. dept No 76.  A great way to see Normandy and France is to visit Dieppe.  The oldest mention of this name comes from the 11C, as it was first known as Deppae (1015-1029) Dieppa (1030), then in the 12C as Deppa or Diopa. It is related to a name given to a stream that throws itself at the city, it was called the  Tella, and in the text of the Mérovigians and Carolian kings it was designated as Dieppe!

You get here as most visitors do from Paris, train service from gare St Lazare, and arrive at Blvd Clemenceau in Dieppe train station.  The train TER regional link is this one, http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/haute_normandie/Fr/Se_deplacer_en_TER/Avant_mon_voyage/Recherche_d_itineraires/Default.aspx

Above is at the research itineraries section in French. By road, you take the A13 direction Rouen, at Rouen take the connector road A151 to Dieppe (about 2h45m from Paris) , best parking by Blvd Verdun or underground by Casino .By air the airport aérodrome Dieppe-Saint Aubin offers service to tourist light planes, webpage at http://www.dieppe.cci.fr/html/aero_coordonnees.htm    . From Newhaven ,UK you can come in via Transmanche ferry,webpage http://transmancheferries.com/ .

The town has an intense seamen history and a great fishing port, first in France for the st jacques ! It is ,also, the closest beach to Paris as well as pleasure boating basin.  Many personalities are link to the city too many to name, but one Jean Cousin, sailed to Brazil four years before Christopher Colombus (1488) and had the two Pinzon brothers with him that later accompagny Colombus in his discoveries. Most of the old inhabitants had emmigrated to the New World mostly due to the fact they were huguenots or protestants. August 19,1942, Operation Jubilee during WWII, carry by Canadiens invade the city testing the defenses, the fallen name a town in New Brunswick ,Canada in their honor, and today ,many tours are conducted showcasing the events of this period in the war at Dieppe.

Many activities at Dieppe, it has in addition to the beach, a huge indoor/outdoor pool complex right on the beach with water temp of 28°C! my boys love it !!! and thalasso, weppage here  http://www.vert-marine.com/les-bains-dieppe-76/index.php  , a Casino (from 1961), racetrack course, and 18 hole golf course.  Some of the attraction must see in the city are the Chateau de Dieppe, built from 1443, where Chateaubriand was prisonier,and serve as a prison during the French revolution, and today it houses the museum of Dieppe, with the biggest ivory collection in the world, webpage in French official at  http://www.dieppe.fr/mini-sites/chateau-musee/pages/les-visites-du-musee-218 . You ,also, have a splendid view over the ocean, beach, and town.  Church of St Rémi (16-17C) reputed to be one of the prettiest churches in Normandy, Church of St Jacques (13-16C), richly decorated, inside see the Chapelle du trésors , showing the countries and town discovered by the Dieppois people., this church was even visited by Victor Hugo. Walk along the Quais Duquesne and Henri IV, the Grande Rue (pedestrian), and place du Moulin with its old wooden houses, blvd Verdun with houses dating from the second empire , the towers from the 15C at blvd Verdun, are the old entrance to the city, the casino,(see the inside moorish and art deco architecture) and the beach of course. The Estran Cité de la Mer is a center to learn about the coast and the ocean off Normandy, very educational and nice. webpage here http://www.estrancitedelamer.fr/

You want to partake in the local life,and enjoy Normandy at its best, do like us, come to the market days on Saturdays mornings fresh from the sea and the land around  Place Nationale, Place Saint Jacques from 7h30 -13h00, and Grande rue from 7h30-13h00, as well as around Rue St Jacques,and Rue de la Barre. Another sure thing to enjoy with the family is the racetrack, you dont even have to bet, so many beautiful horses by the sea is great in family, the season starts in june-thru sept 2011, official webpage in French, http://www.hippodrome-dieppe.com/

One of the biggest event to come here is the kite festival or cerf volants, it is wild on the beach, and great for the whole family. One of our activities here with the gang, You have plenty of time to prepare as it happened every two years so the next one will be in around Sept 2012. webpage http://www.dieppe-cerf-volant.org/


Plenty of hotels in town, it is close to us so we sneak many times for the day, however, we have stayed at the Inter Hotel de la Plage, blvd Verdun, just across from the beach and near the pool complex ,and castle. Great normandy welcome,friendly, excellent price for a family and great views, webpage here http://www.plagehotel.fr.st/ . As we have seen the Mercure and Ibis are very good from our always reliable French chain ACCOR.

As far as eating, well crêpes and cider goes hand in hand here , and we love it. Our house away from home and a must stop is the mom and son Ty Breiz creperie in 68 quai Henri IV, tel +33 02 35 82 86 56 ,no web. Another favorite has been the A la Marmite Dieppoise, 8 rue st-jean, tel +33  02 35 84 24 26, no web  but come for the seafood !, Newhaven, 53 quai Henri IV, tel + 33  02 35 84 89 72, no web, your steak and fries with great beers and views;these are it, pretty consistant, but the town is full of them and around quai Henri IV or quai Duquesne you will be fine.

Shopping and load up on local products if the market is not enough ::) we come here L’Olivier, genuine local and great choice of ciders, wines,cheeses, etc, 16 rue St Jacques near the church same name, webpage http://www.epiceriefine-olivier.fr/ . For fresh fruits go to the start of Grande Rue to Royal Fruits. For tabacs, postcards,souvenirs,and needy items the ones I know are Le Balto at quai Duquesne and the Puits Salé 56 rue st jacques. Les temps des Fleurs for flowers at 24 Grande Rue, there is a Monoprix supermarket at 13 Grande Rue for your groceries,and sundries needs. Pharmacy at q32 quai Duquesne Armandou Benedicte, and bakery Daniel Busson, 15 quai Henri IV.

The main tourist webpages are the tourist office at http://www.dieppetourisme.com/ , and the city of Dieppe, tourism section under “découvrir Dieppe” at http://www.dieppe.fr/  as well as the regional tourist organism at http://www.normandie-tourisme.fr/

Hope you enjoy this town , it is magical by the sea, and if come early in market day Saturday with the smell of fishes been brought in at same time, its France at its best ::)


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