Honfleur, Fête des Marins

I come here often and sometimes no photos nor stories just drive by ,its personal for me. My mother lies in the ocean buried at sea. The last time in my blog wrote on Feb 25 2011. Its time again, as the Fête des Marins is held again, the 152nd edition.

For the newbies, the tourist office offers an inmense amount of information and the latest news on Honfleur. The second most visited place in Normandy after MSM. We admire the architecture, the history of seamen and discoveries such as Samuel Champlain who discoverd Quebec in Canada. The seafood and cider, and calvados all around you, the friendly folks always willing to chat with you and even offer you a treat in a store; this is my Honfleur. I am glad I can again share it with my readers and family.http://www.ot-honfleur.fr/

From its wonderful breads and sweets at Aux Blé d’Or bakery of Olivier Deschamps at http://www.auxblesdor.fr/ wonderful all made in house by the best in town;;;always a stop. 

We arrive early so rather than the pale hotel breakfast we headed for the Cafe de Paris on 2 quai des passengers , and had the first encounter with the fisherman and tells of their stories as far as New Zealand. no web just the tel +33 02 31 89 33 44 just around the corner from the boat ramps on your way to the jardin public and the statues of personages of the city.

We wonder around visiting many places of old such as the church St Leonard, and the lavoirs or laundry baths, or the great church of Sainte Catherine with its Mass on the fisherman and their marine brothers. We walk and walk all over after having park our car in the nice parking de la mole for four euros per day!  We re visited the Lieutenant ,the old house by the bassin vieux port.

We took a boat ride into the majestic pont de normandie , on the Jolie France ,great folks keeping you at bay of the time by sms telephone messaging, wonderful service. We took the ride into the water we enjoy so much as a family for many years and remember coming here with my dear Mom. 9,50€ well spent; webpage http://www.promenade-en-bateau-honfleur.fr/jolie-france/

We had our lunch around the same area as breakfast by the quai des passengers almost across from the jardin public, the Bistrot à Crêpes; again no webpage just the tel +33 02 31 89 74 96. Very nicely serve with great steaks, burgers,and salads, good coffees, great ice cream italian homemade, and the beer heineken.

You come here for the museum of Eugéne Boudin and Erick Satie ,but ,also, the muséé de la marine to know the history of boating and fisherman here, very deep tradition. webpage for all here http://www.musees-honfleur.fr/

You, also, come here for the galeries of art , so many and so nice all over town, however, we all have our favorites. Mine are still the galerie du Dauphin , http://www.galeries-bartoux.com/fr/galeries/honfleur/galerie-du-dauphin.html ,and on same site the Galerie du vieux Honfleur, http://www.galeries-bartoux.com/fr/videos/galeries/galerie-du-vieux-honfleur-1.html

You come to shop at the latest opening of the Maison du Cidre Rosé, very nice folks and plenty of choices from Normandy. They represent many brands the most important coming from the Biscuterie Jeannette of Cabourg,

You have a wonderful page to find fine dining to any in Honfleur here http://www.honfleur-restaurant.com/acceuil.htm

However, the main interest to come here over the weekend of Pentecôte is the Fête des Marins, on its 152nd Edition!!! From the city of Honfleur site http://www.ville-honfleur.com/12-actualites/55-fete-des-marins.html

It all begins on Saturday 18 May, with sailing and races on the vieux Bassin, expositions of model boats at the petit Grenier à Sel,photos on this year the 100th coronation ceremony at the church Notre Dame de Grâce in the côte de grâce hill. Sunday 19 May you have the big Mass at the Church of Sainte Catherine at 10h and later the depart of the parade of Amis Honfleurais to the monument of the fallen at sea where a large ceremony is held. From 14h45 the big blues concert by JJ Blues by the carrousel/Lieutenant area in the vieux bassin. AT 17h the boarding of the Officials for the benediction at sea, and at 21h choral concert Scamlevilla at the church of Saint Leonard de Honfleur.  Monday 20 May, you come to the assembly in front of the hôtel de ville.By 9h a parade on the streets of Honfleur by more than 100 musicians, boat models,, children, officials, city,regional representatives and the people. You see the laying of a wreath on the monument to the French memory or monument du souvenir français and on the monument to the fallen or monument aux Morts, the church officials will join us in front of the church of Saint Catherine.  At 10h the banner of Pierre Berthelot is given to a chosen mariners/fisherman and sign the book of gold in the chapel of the church Notre Dame de Grâce. By 10h30 Mass in plein air with the benediction of the marines and boats and service for the dead. 12h30 we returned to the Hôtel de Ville with chanting of the La Marseillaise national anthem,and by 13h the diplomas given to the winning of the military preparation for the Haute Normandie region. And home as a happy camper, until next one in 2014.

Here are some photos , enjoy Honfleur.

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