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May 14, 2019

Shops and restos ,souvenirs of Honfleur!

And so here I am in my lovely Normandy and my belle France again to tell you about the magic of this land. I get to write a post and story for the souvenirs always and to share as well and darn it, never enough space to tell you about the wonderful places we shop and eat while at it. With so much to see not enough space to tell all lol!

Well, will try to make ends meet here and tell you a bit about the places we like when we go to Honfleur for shopping and eating with the family. This is Honfleur, Calvados dept 14 of Normandy, France.

I will start with the latest tastes and some old souvenirs and then the older places going back in time. Older places won’t repeat the pictures here.

La Maison Bleue.  Historical place and well manage, we go here for the drinks lately and the view of the old basin port.At the corner of the Vieux Port, 17 quai Saint-Etienne  it counts among the hangout of local Honfleurais and regulars who know where they put their feet under the table! It is greeted without fuss at any time of the day, every day of the week, twelve months out of twelve. Better, you can even eat oysters at breakfast time. The conviviality of the tables on the ground floor and upstairs, with breathtaking views of the old basin, makes this address a postcard. It tells a story with a great H: after the war, it was painted blue with the rest of the painting of the inhabitants of the harbor… This is where we came to eat the soup kitchen. Artists, including Michel Serrault, liked to spend a good time there. The old-fashioned kitchen remains traditional and family-friendly .

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Au Relais Des Cyclistes.  We past by it and finally by a local recommendation we went in and it was a delight, sure to come back.  It is the nice table where to settle, a few steps from the tourist office at 10 Place de la Porte-de-Rouen. The one we imagine when the stomach cries hunger. Have you arrived early? Take a look at the map and book your table (in high season at any rate, even if the service is continuous). You will make, at the same time acquaintance with the very friendly and talkative staff, recommended by the all Honfleur.  The brasserie is traceable to its orange awning. Observe the painted traces of the original sign on the pediment of the house. At the Relais des Cyclistes is today still the place of daily meeting for a lunch between buddies or a good child business meal. The tradition is that in the 1940’s, the peasants who went down to the city to make their market entrusted their bikes to the local café. Menu 12€ are to come back for!

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Le Crystal at 3 Rue Haute, this is a refine Norman cuisine and do try the Lobster or the Choucroute de Mer especially in the upper floor (1fl FR). Always a treat and memorable moments with the family.

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La Maison du Cidre Rosé , at 9 rue du Dauphin, sale of regional products Honfleur cider, rosé cider, Calvados, beers, wines, jams, salted caramel butter, chocolate, biscuits, terrines, etc etc. Wonderful we love it for the Cider Roses of course !

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Honfleur au relais des cyclistes ent

 

J’irai revoir ma Normandie at  Cours Jean de Vienne, D580 entering Honfleur.  Shop of regional and artisanal products composed  80% of Norman products with among them, ciders including rosé and white prestige cider, Norman aperitifs, pommeaux, creams of Calvados,.terrines and preserves, biscuits; confectionery and the essential caramels with salted butter from Isigny.

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Carrefour Market , 46 Rue de la République , conveniently open Sunday mornings as well; plenty of choices for the apartment lover in us! And you!

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Petit Casino 14 Quai Lepaulmier, wonderful open all day Sundays including evenings! Yes the all time favorite when the need arises and you are at your hotel or apartment and hunger cranks for a convenience trip.

L’Albatros at 32 Quai Sainte-Catherine is a repeat great for breakfast by the Vieux Port, bagel with eggs and bacon, coffee, orange juice, and pancakes a bit high at 12€ but worth it for the treat and the great service and greater view in the early morning harbor.

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L’Hippocampe is the fish market by the vieux port, can’t missed is a big warehouse looking building just before crossing to the parking de la Môle. The address is Quai Tostain. Fresh fish and seafood right off the boat and cut to please, they can even do filets pre cooked for you on the spot. Take out only.

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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. Wonderful place for breakfast too. Just around the corner from the boat ramps on your way to the jardin public and the statues of personages of the city.

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The hypermarket E Leclerc at  Avenue Marcel Liabastre just entering town on the road D580 on your right hand side. Gas up good prices but do not open on Sundays.

We had a great lunch by the 1, quai des passengers almost across from the jardin public, the Bistrot à Crêpes. Very nicely serve with great steaks, burgers,and salads, good coffees, great ice cream italian homemade, and the beer heineken.

Oncle Scott’s,  208 Cours Jean de Vienne. A wonderful US Western style restaurant featuring Budweiser beers and Mountain Dew sodas! the boys love it and so did we, chasing them in Brittany as well! 

La Curé Gourmande, 31 rue du Dauphin , candies galore a heaven for the young at heart!

The La Cave Normande at 13 Rue de la ville.  It is, as the name implies, first a cellar, but also a museum. The small local shop is indeed home to the largest collection of Calvados vintage of France!. The lieutenance , the first beer brewed in Honfleur is also available.

Au Bouillon Normand, at 7 Rue de la ville. The menu changes four times a year, depending on the season. In turn, you should go for the essential hot crispy Camembert. You can also share the dishes  very well if we want to honor this table worthily. What they do between meat and fish to taste everything. A very good idea that allows you to keep a place of choice for the desserts to come as the hot soufflé with Calvados!

La Cidrerie, at 26 place Hamelin. The charming little entrance, decorated with barrels and embellished with Ivy, welcomes guests with conviviality.  Great simple meals around the Normand cider.

And just going over to the Church Sainte Catherine turn right on the little street ,rue Haute. Le Bréard, 7 Rue du Puits. One of the most original tables in the city. After passing through the kitchens of the la Tour d’Argent , Lucas Carton or the Grand Véfour,chef Fabrice Sébire chose Honfleur as his home port and a charming building on the rue du Puits as the basis of his culinary experiments. Very traditional French, gastronomic meals;delicious.

The Sa.Qua.Na , at 22 Place Hamelin a gourmet kitchen, the open kitchen lets glimpse the prom of cooks. As a whole, the frame of bricks, metal, wood has gained in brightness; The spirit of the house and its exquisite flavors, bold blend between Japan, Aveyron, Mauritius and Normandy. Two menus and two colours, “olive green” (8 courses) and “cherry red” (5 courses), are offered to the guests, invited to share the same meal. Sa-Qua-Na  is a Japanese name that means fish and evokes the three pillars of their daily requirements,  “flavor, quality, nature “. Nice.

Il Parasole, at 2 rue Haute near harbor, sandwich and ice cream parlors. At the Italian restaurant Il Parasole the quality of the dishes and the freshness of the products carry you in one bite! In the midst of the warm colors of the room or the fresh air on the terrace, it is in a family and friendly atmosphere that you share this trip, young and old, with your loved ones.So did we!

And the jazz bar by the harbor ,La Taverne du Perroquet Vert, 52 Quai Sainte-Catherine. There is no time for chatter. Let alone the snacks that titillate the stomachs that we are in the morning or evening, noon or afternoon. This is one of the essential places of the Norman port! Warm atmosphere, cozy décor trendy? yes. But warm, without fuss and at a price, all, reasonable from the brewery to the cocktail bar.

And last but not least one entering Honfleur on the D580, La Fregate at 24 Rue des Quatre Franc and corner of the Rond Point du Poudreux, in the town limits of La Rivière-Saint-Sauveur.  Traditional French cuisine. Nice escape from the tourist central.

There you go now you won’t go hungry in Honfleur and sure to taste some delicious local Norman/French food, tops as in France!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

May 14, 2019

Sights of my Honfleur!

Ok so I will use up memory but this is a special town of mine for reasons explained in my blog several times. Sentimental and nice, as well as being the 2nd most visited site in all of Normandy about 3,5 million visitors just behind MSM (Mont Saint Michel).

I like to tell about the sights and architecture, beautiful streets of my beloved Honfleur. Here I go

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Carrousel by Vieux Port

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old lighthouse

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Rue Haute

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Rue de la République towards Vieux Port

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Jardin Public or of Personnages

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Rue des Prés off République

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Ecole municipal de Musique at rue de la République

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Rue Cachin to ch St Leonard

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lavoirs wash house by ch St Leonard

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City/Town Hall

And there you go some nice pictures of my beloved Honfleur in Calvados dept 14 of Normandy, in my belle France. Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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May 14, 2019

Some news from France, CCXXVIIII

Ok so its time for another update on things happening in my belle France. We are still very nice and sunny with temps in 18C! or 66F in my neck of the woods and 64F sunny in Paris. All is looking great the rest of the week! Now for the news:

And why not start right away the post with my latest recipe concoction done at home with the boys !  Blanquette de Veau  or Veal Blanquette recipe: preparation time: 30 min: cooking time: 2 hours.  Ingredients for 6 people :

1 kg of veal (shoulder, collar), in large cubes, 2 carrots peeled, 1 onion peeled and cutup 3 cloves, 1 white  leeks, 1 branch of celery, 1 bouquet garni, Salt brut, 150 g of onions bells (or fresh shallots),200 g of mushrooms of Paris , Juice of 1/2 lemon, 100 g of butter, 60 g of flour, 150 cl of fresh cream, 1 egg yolk, white pepper, sugar, parsley or fresh thyme. You translate the measurements lol!

Step 1: the meat, put the pieces of meat in a casserole. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Keep boiling for 5 min, drain and rinse in cold water.

Step 2: Vegetables; Cut the carrots into sticks. Slit the Leek in the length and wash. Put the bleached pieces of meat back into the cleaned casserole. Add the cutup cloves, onion, carrots, leek, celery, bouquet garni. Cover with water, salt, bring to a boil and skim. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Step 3: onions; peel and wash onions or shallots. Put them in a frying pan and cover half of water or Blanquette broth. Add 20 g of butter, 1 pinch of salt and sugar. Cover and cook over low heat until evaporation.

Step 4: mushrooms; Cut the mushrooms from Paris into quarters. Put them in a small saucepan of Blanquette broth, add 20 g of butter, lemon juice and 1 pinch of salt. Simmer for 15 min. drain and reserve.

Step 5: the white  sauce  In another saucepan, melt 60 g of butter, add the 60 g of flour, stirring vigorously to make a white sauce. Cook for 2 min, stirring with whisk. Withdraw 60 to 80 CL of broth and pour gradually, stirring with whisk. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until a sauce is obtained. Salt, pepper.

Step 6: the finishing; Drain meat and carrots. Put the meat in another casserole. Pour over the sauce and the vegetables. Heat a few minutes on a very gentle heat while stirring. In a bowl, whip the fresh cream and the egg yolk. Pour into the casserole, stirring well. Add a dash of lemon juice. Serve well warm, garnished with parsley or fresh thyme, with white rice. Voilà! Bon appétit!!!

72nd Cannes Film Festival takes hold of the city and the tabloids of the whole world. Film industry professionals, international stars and actors in the making mingle with the crowd eager for surprising images and encounters… The Cannes Film Festival is the place of every attention for a fortnight. Big events or small anecdotes sometimes take on oversized dimensions, some facts even built its legend .Too bad I am probably going to be there in November this year so missed it again. More info here: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/

And enjoy the French Summer with lots of favorite Festivals over the years coming up, briefly, these are:

The Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, at Arles from July 1 to September 22 2019 ;more info here :  https://www.rencontres-arles.com/en

And at La Rochelle Aux Francofolies  from July 10 to 14 2019 more info here : https://francofolies.fr/

And at the Festival international de piano in La Roque-d’Anthéron, from July 6 to August 18 2019. Concerts start and finish late. More info here :  http://www.festival-piano.com/en

The wonderful local for me The route of rock or La route du rock in Saint-Malo,dept 35 of Brittany . From August 14 to 17 2019. More info here :  http://www.laroutedurock.com/

Finally, another favorite is the Jazz in Marciac festival concert from July 25 to Auguat 15 2019. More info here : http://www.jazzinmarciac.co.uk/

For his new exhibition at the Museum of Hunting and Nature,( Musée de la chasse et de la nature) Théo Mercier ,born in Paris in 1984, composes a strange animal store destined at first to humans, i.e. visitors. But not only, because the artist goes further: he questions the relationships  from the link to the disunity  that exist between the animal and ourselves, through certain objects extracted from the everyday life and their context. For years, it has been an eclectic collection according to his discoveries in flea markets or bazaars. Stripped of any utilitarian function, the elements that compose it are transfigured by the artist’s gaze.  More info here:  https://www.chassenature.org/every-stone-should-cry/

The routes offered through 48 galleries and 15 institutions, places of exchanges that bring together, for three days and in different quarters of the capital, amateurs and professionals of modern and contemporary art: This annual event  proposes to the public to meet, from  May 17 to 19 in  galleries, artists and collectors. But also to better identify, identify and understand the trends of current creation.   The participant are mentioned here: http://parisgalleryweekend.com/galeries/

The Musée de l’Armée or Army museum joined the Fondation Napoléon to renovate the tomb of Napoleon I in the Invalides, as well as those of his brothers buried near the Emperor, under the famous dome. All looking forward in 2021 for a  “Napoleon season”, with exhibitions and concerts, to celebrate the bicentennial of his death, in 1821, in St. Helena. The famous sarcophagus of the Emperor, in red quartzite, is rather well preserved but this is not the case of the soils that support it. The stone, enamel and marble marquetry soils were damaged by time and the stone falls from the dome. Therefore, an appeal for donations has started, because all you see in Paris takes money to keep for you, and you can help too. More info here: . https://fondationnapoleon.org/en/

I can’t believe how popular she is when all she does is denegrade Paris, talking about the Mayor Ana Hidalgo (or Anne for the French, I know her as a native of Cadiz, Spain). The rue Boris-Vian is still looking for a makeover as the family of Boris Vian still threatens to withdraw from the city the authorization to exploit the name of the artist because of the state of the street that bears his name, in the 18éme. This year, the successors of the writer, poet and musician, gathered, in this small path of the neighborhood of Goutte-d’Or, last May 2, the day of St. Boris, to reclaim once again the works of rehabilitation, promised for years. This arcades passage in stairs that crosses the rue de la Goutte-d’Or between the rue de Polonceau and rue Charbonnière should benefit from a complete requalification. In particular the arcades, now masked by unsightly palisades, which serve as a niche for traffics. And, in the worst of luck, a fire, which occurred last February, has finished degrading the premises. Time to take care of the heritage of Paris!

The King of the fairground of Paris was rescued from expulsion by.. King Charles X! This will amaze more than one, and already amused again Marcel Campion whose cleat for two stalls of fairways, place de la Concorde , did not pass very far. He was able to find complete plans dating from 1828, by which King Charles X passed by law the property of the place de la Concorde to the Prevost of Paris… Except the 20 meters ditch between the still existing railing and the wall of the Tuileries garden, on which are installed these two stands. Since 1854, the architect Jacques-Ignace Hittorff has filled these ditches. “I have always known fairstands at this site,” says Marcel Campion. For his part, he has been occupying the stands for over twenty years. And he will make a new request, before the Council of State, for the installation of his Ferris Wheel,(Grande Roue) which was laid on nearly 150 m2, on this same ditch. The city of Paris counter attacks the decision in court. To be continue… But hoping for the court to decide on his favor.

« Visible Invisible », the exhibition of contemporary art which opens its doors this today  May 14th at the Domaine de Trianon, constitutes a gift for the establishment. It is difficult to contradict the five invited artists-Nan Goldin, Dove Allouche, Martin Parr, Eric Poitevin and Viviane Sassen wore an original and quirky look at Versailles.  The exhibition runs  every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12h  to 18h30 pm, from May 14th to October 20th at the Domaine du Trianon of the Château de Versailles. More info Information here:  https://www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/page/versailles-visible-invisible_a252/1

Since 1995, the Warluis Aviation Museum has been attracting enthusiasts, who have come to admire the Mirage 3, the Fouga, the Magister , Messerschmitt and the Beechcraft C-45. And soon, a seventh plane should be added to the collection, a Mirage F1. To participate in the creation of a new hangar that will house the iron bird from the weather… And perhaps others in the meantime, visitors will soon be able to enjoy an all-new air control tower. It is said to be built like that of Beauvais. The Warluis Aviation Museum is located on Rue des Bruyères,Warluis, dept 60 Oise of the region of Hauts de France. More info here: http://museedelaviation-warluis.com/

Inaugurated for the universal exposition of 1889, the iron lady will celebrate its 130 years on Wednesday, May 15 (tomorrow!) with a spectacle of sound and light.  On May 14, 1889, the Eiffel Tower opened its doors to the public. In honor of its 130th anniversary, the famous monument will be entitled to a festive day on Wednesday, May 15th with a free concert on the square and a new luminous show.   More info here: https://www.toureiffel.paris/fr/actualites/130-ans

At the Marché de Saint-Ouen (fleas market), we celebrate the spring in two different atmospheres thanks, on the one hand, to a first meeting in the showroom of the Marché Dauphine to listen and admire various works of sound and visual proposed in collaboration with the National Center of Plastic Arts, and on the other hand, an exceptional presentation dedicated to artisans of art in the exhibition halls of marché Biron. From Saturday 18 May to Sunday 30 June, 124 rue des Rosiers – Saint-Ouen  More info: http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com/3.aspx

Dock B is a good place to live hyper animated as we like. Located on the ground floor of the General Stores (Magasins Généraux ), on the edge of the Canal de l’Ourcq in Pantin, Dock B has almost become an indispensable of our daily life. You have to say, you could not dream better than a hybrid space mixing artistic pleasures, playful and gustative. Thus, on 1200 m2, the venue presents a concert hall, exhibition and a restaurant of the size of three. There, I particularly like to quench our thirst at a low price. More info here: http://dockbpantin.com/

In good French, we do not hide our worship for the Baguette. And to celebrate, the marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux de la Cité invites you to discover the world’s largest bakery, its bakers from Grand Paris and their Canadian guests. From this past Monday, you will be able to attend the national competition of the French tradition ,the baguette. Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux de Cité , place Louis Lépine and Quai de la Corse,4éme, from 9h to 18h30. More info here: Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux

Art, music, food, drinks, anyway, the perfect recipe for a successful evening. This is what the La Grand Surface proposes, a new place that rethinks the art gallery version uncompleted . It promises to be super cool. A month of rain fell in 24h last week in the Paris region. Great in May! However, the Sun gives us a shy return, so why not enjoy it? We take you by the hand to take you to the coolest things in the city, and all that without spending a dime. Here we go! La Grande Surface, 24, Boulevard des Italians 9éme; from 18h  to 02h. More info here : http://lagrandesurface.paris/

Paris’écrit (wrote). Take part in the first day dedicated to handwriting, the opportunity to write a sweet word or a letter of love or hatred, everything is possible as long as you write it by hand. More than 200 places participate and 120 writing points are scattered in Paris and 80 writing workshops will be organized . More info on where to find them here : https://quefaire.paris.fr/parisecrit

There you go, the latest from my belle France and Paris the most beautiful city in the world; as others attest as well, 40 million visitors in 2018!!! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

May 14, 2019

Pont de Normandie!

So in my road warrior trips I have passed many bridges but none so emblematic of the human effort and grandeur as the Normandy bridge or Pont de Normandie. We have criss cross it several times but also by sea to be able to see its grand structure and masterfully built. Not even damage by winds and rain and only once closed to vehicular traffic in its history for prevention.

I have mentioned it in my other posts but feels deservely so needs a post of its own. Therefore, this is my humble hommage to my latest passing this month on the Pont de Normandie.

The Pont de Normandie is a cable-stayed bridge spanning the Seine estuary and linking the cities of Le Havre to Honfleur. This bridge is toll paying, except for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists.

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The story goes from official sources. Pardon my technical knowledge on bridge construction. In 1994 the main scope of the work beats by more than 250 meters the previous world record of 1993 (Shanghai), but this one will be lost in 1998 by 34 meters on the Tatara bridge in Japan. Its record length of cable-stayed bridge was lost in 2003 with the 2 883 meters of the bridge Rion-Antirion and, if one considers the length of apron suspended by guying (2 252 m), it is the viaduct of Millau (France)  which takes the succession with 2 444 meters.

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The structure, which is of concrete, has a total length of 21 415 meters. It has a 856 meters span, with the 624 meters of the center being metal. The concrete pylons of this span reach a height of 215 meters.  The 23.60 meters wide apron accommodates four lanes for motor vehicles, two cycle lanes and two pedestrian-protected lanes.  The apron is made up of two parts. A metal part, long 624 m, overlooks the Seine at 59.12 m. this part consists of 32 segments of 19.65 m, each of them is connected to the joint head of one of the pylons by two shrouds fixed on either side of the segment. The remainder of the apron is in pre-stressed concrete for the two access viaducts as well as for the 58 m of reach attached to each of the two pylons.  Pre-stressed reinforced concrete compounds, Y-inverted pylons measure 214.77 m and weigh 20 000 tons each, of which 11 700 for single metal reinforcement and 150 for pre-stressing cables. Because of the spherical or roundness of the Earth, the pylons are spaced about two to three centimeters higher at their top than at their base.

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184 Freyssinet cables or cable stays are composed of several steel strands, between 31 and 53, depending on the effort they must undergo. All are protected against external aggressions by a layer of wax and a polyethylene sheath. They are assembled in bundles and are dressed in a liner whose profile is aerodynamic. The whole length of the bridge these are between 95 and 460 meters long.

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Some official webpages to know more details are

Official Pont de Normandy

Official Vinci construction on Pont de Normandie

Official bridge construction site on Pont de Normandie

And of course, you can drive on it and go back and forth between Le Havre and Honfleur but going under ground on a boat is ideal way to see it up close and personal so we have couple times too. There are two possibilities for a ride, two boats to choose from, same company Promenade en Bateau Honfleur.

The Calypso, a rescue whaling vessel with a capacity of 64 passengers, offers a 45 minute getaway and the discovery of the historic city, through its ancient buildings and history. Boarding: Quai de la planchette. This is a short inside the harbor basins ride only. Quite nice overlooking the nice architecture on the Vieux Port.

The Jolie France is a ride of 1h30m which will put you with eyes open all the time. Going by the passage of the locks levies, view on the radar, bridge of Tancarville, Le Havre, the heights of Honfleur, the island of birds, and as a final bouquet: the Pont de Normandie. Boarding: Jetty of the transit about 20 meters from the descent of the bus , 80 meters from the parking of the mole (4€ all day) . The best ride as it goes out to sea and around the Honfleur beach to the Pont de Normandie.  We take as it reminds me of my Mom and Wife who are at sea here. RIP

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Official Promenade en Bateau Honfleur and Jolie France

Tourist office of Honfleur on the boats rides

Of course, I will tell you to ride it by car as well and it is a thrill indeed. However, by boat is best me think. Either way you will have a memorable moment on the Normandy bridge or Pont de Normandie.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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