Today we reached Cherbourg. Cherbourg is part of the Département Manche in the Basse-Normandie. From Cherbourg you can go on many great trips, visit the musée de la Libération, or even just go to the city centre. We wanted to see the city and go to the market to buy herbs and other French specialties. We wanted to send a birthday package with french treats to our friend.
For those who wanted to go on an excursion with Celebrity they had to get up early. Most busses had a long ride to take. You could go on an Excursion either to the beaches of the Normandie, the monastery Mont Saint Michelle or even to Paris. In order to get to the city centre of Cherbourg Celebrity offered a shuttle bus.
Cherbourg is very picturesque. The small city has many half-timbered houses, narrow streets and beautiful pedestrian areas. The bus stopped right in the city centre and just a few meters from the market. So we could take a first stroll through the weekly market and taste fresh oysters, French cheeses and jams or sausages. Of course there were plenty of herbs. Fresh or dried. We bought dried herbs of Provence for our friend and ourselves. These herbs are wonderful with meat, in sauces, on pizza or pasta. We also bought fresh jam and a sausage for our friend´s birthday package on the market. In Cherbourg you can also buy a wonderful fig jam. Now we were still missing French chocolates or Macarons and a post office, in order to bring the birthday package on its way. So we strolled from the market into the pedestrian zone.
There were plenty of shops with French chocolates and pastries. You could even find shops, where you could buy the famous soap from Marseille and Lavender. We bought a rose soap and chocolates for the pakage. We found a Postoffice directly in the city centre, so that we could bring French birthday package on its way. Then we strolled around the city. Everywhere you could taste fresh oysters or magnificent cheeses and wine. Unfortunately, you can not take the cheese nor the oysters on board, so you should try these things on the spot.
As we walked back to the bus we have been a bit sad, since Cherbour was the last harbour on our wonderful transatlantic crossing cruise. The next stop was Southhampton and from here we took a plane back to Germany. Today the English customs officers got also on board. The Custom control took place on board when we cruised from Cherbourg to Southhampton. In Southhampton we could disembark quickly and board the flight back home. Before we boarded the train, we were able to take a glimpse at the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton. Wonderful!