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.
Another view of Vieux Bassin
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
Here are other lovely images of the town.
Lovely sardine packaging