Something to look forward to — we have reserved a vacation rental, un gîte rural, using the Gîtes de France web site, for a week's vacation next April in the département de la Somme in Picardie (northern France). My thanks to "elgee" who comments here regularly and who actually found this gîte for us and sent me a link after I mentioned a while back that I was having trouble finding a gîte near the Baie de Somme that would let us bring our dog, Tasha, along. Here's a photo of the house.
It's located in a hamlet very near the estuary of the Somme river and only a mile from a town with a population of about 2,500 and several supermarkets and markets. The Baie de Somme, on the English Channel (la Manche), is about a five-hour drive from Saint-Aignan, where we live. As you can see from the map below, the city of Amiens, with its fantastic cathedral, is only 35 miles away, as is the Channel port of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Dieppe in Normandie is just 30 miles down the coast. The red upside-down "tear-drop" marks the spot.
The house has two bedrooms and a WC (half-bath) upstairs, as well as another WC and a separate bathroom with tub and shower on the ground floor (just as our house in Saint-Aignan does now). Central heating is included in the rental price, as are the end-of-stay cleaning fee and Wifi for Internet access. There's a washer and dryer as well as a dishwasher and a television. The yard is large and fenced in. The owners have a little dog that they say Tasha might enjoy playing with. So it all sounds pretty nice. The price for a week's stay is about 500 euros. Here's a slideshow showing the interior of the house.
We're hoping for good weather in April and looking forward to sightseeing as well a walks on beaches and dinners of local seafood. Planning the trip and researching the area will get us through the winter.