Every four years we have in Normandy, in Rouen, what is called "L'Armada ". This is a meeting of old sailing vessels from all over the world.We the Normands have a passion for boats, maybe it's the proximity of the river , the proximity of the sea... Lots of us have the vikings for ancestors.We all long for this nautical event which last two weeks in July.Every evening there is a big firework, concerts and restaurants from different countries are open all night.The sailors live in a Normand family during their stay and it's a friendly atmospehre , between different cultures, an exchange of friendship during these moments that we are very proud of! At the begining we welcome them on riversides , the sailors sings and climb on top of the masts. It take two days before they arrive , because of the tides and we patiently wait.At the end of the two weeks we get up very early to say good by , it's a hundred kilometers of riversides full of people waving to them good by.
Once we did the trip to the Harbour of "Le Havre " on a russian vessel " LE MIR" it has been a fantastic adventure for the children ( and for us too!) one day on a vessel with people on both sides of the river, the wind ,the sun and the strange feeling when you go under a bridge ...the mast is so tall.They must calculate the height of the mast and the hour of the tide otherwise it can break.
Our new bridge , it is not horrible i think ,but it can go up to let the vessels come in the port .
Our French one the Belem , a school vessel.
The second of our favorites , AMERIGO VESPUCCI , Italian.
Oosterschelde,from Netherland ( as some of you are from this country )
From NORWAY ,STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL
The estuary of the river " SEINE ".