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Le Havre - Nicer Day

But missed the bus...

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We have some tired arrivees again, so we get a bit of a late start. Unfortunately, we didn't realize that would mean that we missed the 10am bus to Etretat (beautiful cliffs - google for pictures if you'd like). We decide to go to the Suspended Gardens of Le Havre instead. The buses didn't really seem to be on the posted schedule - so we ended up hiking up the whole way instead - only about 1.2 miles, but mostly up hill...

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The gardens were nice (it is a converted old fort) - really more indoor/greenhouse place than outdoors, but nice for sure. Not really certain why it is the hanging gardens, but there are a few "hanging" things...

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We were in a hurry to hike down for lunch (most things closed at 1:30pm yesterday). But we ended up on the beach, perhaps because it was a game day? but found a nice spot overlooking the water that was open. There are some US fans around as well, but the Sweden yellow really stands out more - especially in groups...

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The FIFA fanfest is open but it is really just a fun and games place - on the beach, but no refreshments and no TV. Just a place to hang out really.

Back on the tram to downtown for a quick drink and then on to the market to get some picnic supplies for dinner. It is a free bus ride to the stadium, but there does not appear to be much in the way of restaurants nearby. The bus ride out there was fine - but we knew we were in trouble for the ride back, when everyone was leaving at the same time (we had arrived about 2 hours early).

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FIFA had changed some of our tickets - to try to address the stupidity of their first ticketing effort. However, this meant we had to guess at what tickets had changed. Phil and Kate had some difficulty getting into the stadium for some reason, and I printed the wrong new tickets for Ivan (I thought they moved their 2 seats next to Phil, Kate and Sally - which they did - but one on each end apparrently). After some nervous nelly moments, they settled in and enjoyed the game - go USA - clean sheet for the first round!

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As expected, the line/crowd for the buses back to the center of town was packed, but at least we met some nice Swendish fans to celebrate with.

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Posted by M6-Greg 23:51 Archived in France

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