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Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Art, Family and friends, France, Travel | 0 comments

Fall in Love with Honfleur

Fall in Love with Honfleur

Out of all the towns we take our guests to when they are in Normandy, Honfleur always stands out as the town they fall in love with the most.  I do not know if it’s the scenic and historic dock, the old ship-styled church or the winding roads and streets that they liked the most.  All I know is that the visitors who have  fallen in love with Honfleur are in good company as this is where the Impressionist painters all first met in the small St. Simeon Inn. Many came to stay for awhile to paint; many writers like Charles Baudelaire also came here to write. For me, it will always be a special place as this is where I used to take my girls when they were babies to go for a quick outing, be it an afternoon snack of waffles and crepes or a ride on the vintage carousel.

Vieux Bassin, Old Dock

Vieux Bassin, Old Dock

Another view of Vieux Bassin Another view of Vieux Bassin

Some still come to paint in Honfleur

Some still come to paint in Honfleur

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Vintage carousel that my girls have gone on since they were babies

Vintage carousel that my girls have gone on since they were babies

Like most Norman towns, Honfleur is rich in history. It is from the Seine River by Honfleur that Samuel de Champlain sailed from in 1608 and subsequently founded Quebec. The beautiful Église de Saint-Catherine (St. Catherine’s Church) was constructed by a local shipyard community after the Hundred Years War to thank God for England’s departure from Normandy. The church is simply exquisite, made entirely of wood (something that is rare in Western Europe) and has a ceiling that looks like an upside-down ship.

Église de Ste-Catherine Église de Ste-Catherine

Inside of the church

Inside of the church

Here are other lovely images of the town.

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Fun furniture store

Fun furniture store

Lovely sardine packaging Lovely sardine packaging

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