The rooster crows at dawn, and apparently for at least another 3 hours. The one in our village is very persistent, still squawking in the afternoon.
With shops closed yesterday for the VE Day holiday, we had no groceries with which to make breakfast, so we made a trip into Coutances to see what we could find. We had brunch at a nice restaurant and then headed out to the shops. They were all closed, and not just for the lunch hour. It is typical for stores to close between about noon and 2 PM.
We discovered that it is the national religious holiday of Ascension, on a Thursday 39 days after Easter. No wonder there were so many children out when we thought they should be in school. There was plenty of activity in the town because of the Jazz festival, and lots of street and restaurant food was available.
It seemed to be time to check out the sea, as we are very close to the Atlantic in this west part of Normandy. We drove to Regnéville-sur-Mer, where we explored a bit of the beach at low tide and found an open patisserie where we bought some bread.
Then we checked out Montmartin-sur-Mer, where we were lucky to find a Carrefour market that was open. Oh happy day-to stock up on groceries and eat at home. Grilled sausages, potatoes and salad-delicious.