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April 28, 2020

Jardin Public at Honfleur!

There is so much to write here and writers did! or to see and painters painted it that I can have a blog on Honfleur. However, let me tell you about the little pieces that makes this the second most visited site in Normandy, and you know the first one.

The Public garden or Jardin Public is on Boulevard Charles V, Honfleur. Along the pier, you can go for a walk in the public garden, created in 1996, also called the Jardin Retrouvé or found garden for its romantic setting and its English style layout.

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Beautiful garden, excellent for children with lots of games suitable for different ages, a sandpit and in summer a paddling pool that makes children happy. Very pleasant park, excellent for a short walk. We love it!

There is boat mooring before the ecluses. Visitors are moored on the visitors pontoon. Boats must moor as two side by side. Any other mooring than those mentioned above is subject to the port authority. In season, April to September you will be guided by one of our employees on the canoe (orange) to your mooring.

This is the tourist office of Honfleur on the Jardin Public in English: Tourist office of Honfleur on the Jardin Public

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One event held at the Jardin Public we love as a family and came here often is the Salon Passionnément Jardin . The next is schedule for May 23 and 24, 2020 if allow under the new sanitary conditions. On the program for this 14th edition: 80 +- professionals from the world of the garden such as nurserymen, horticulturalists, landscapers, crafts, furniture, decoration, tools, etc.,will be here on workshops for budding gardeners, advice and know-how shared by enthusiasts and specialists, on-site catering.As well as take home plants. A colorful weekend to celebrate spring, where you can spend a pleasant time with family or friends.

This is the official webpage on the Salon Passionnément Jardin in French: Salon Passionnement Jardin

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souvenirs!

A garden continuous to the Jardin Public and a bit more into the Promenade de la Jetée, is the Jardin des Personnalités inaugurated in 2004.. Installed on an old mudflat of the estuary, this 10 hectare landscaped area offers a walk to discover garden boats in the center of which stand busts of personalities of the historical and cultural heritage of Honfleur among which the gifted children of the country, natives of the small city but also personalities who lived or stayed there, such as Claude Monet, Charles Baudelaire, etc. A wonderful place to admire these masters of the arts.

Ironically, the city of Honfleur does not have much at least in English on the Jardin Public; here is their page on gardens in French: City of Honfleur on gardens

Well at least I feel better to have it shown in my blog on a single post. These gardens were a source of nice walks with the family and once hook on the Passionnément Jardin we came every year. Honfleur is very sentimental for me and my family. Not to be shabby one of the best tourist destinations in my belle France ! Hope you enjoy the walk in the Jardin Public garden

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

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April 28, 2020

The Carousel of Honfleur!

Ok folks lets keep it Honfleur, a wonderful town, and very popular for good reasons. We love to come here ever since the early 90’s and then it became nostalgic and sentimental many souvenirs and waiting to get back as each year.

This is one of the sights you see first when you get to the vieux basin or old harbor in Honfleur and the nice building facing it is the city/town hall! There it is indeed for the young and old and young in you, the carousel or Carrousel de Honfleur.

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Let me tell you a bit as not a favorite of the tourist office there.

The Honfleur carousel, well known to locals, has been installed every year since 1995 in front of the city/town hall. Its pretty wooden horses delight children but also adults, who traditionally gather around this merry-go-round. It is a copy of the carousels of the 1900s, made up of wooden horses.

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The carousel is present from May to October in the city, before leaving to get a makeover during the winter.  The carousel is open every day from 10h to 19h30. Variable closing times in July and August: sometimes until 23h. Located at Place de la Mairie. A look at night too

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For lack of brochures here is youtube video a bit old but rather nice on the  Carousel me think

There is one webpage need to tell you even if it is repeated from my previous posts on Honfleur. Hope it helps you plan your trip here which is a must for more than the carousel are

The tourist office of Honfleur on practical information in English: Tourist office of Honfleur practical information

And there you go by now an institution in the harbor area of Honfleur, good for the whole family; enjoy it as we do.

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

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April 28, 2020

Lavoir St Leonard at Honfleur

Well I think I have spoken enough on Honfleur, is a very sentimental town for me and going there since the early 90’s. Last year came back and this year still hopeful to go if things on travel becomes normal. This is as Norman as you can get in Normandie!

There is so much I have written on it in my blog, but there is always some that me think not written enough and they deserve more. Therefore, here is my take on the laundry or washhouses of Honfleur and especifically the Lavoir Saint Leonard.

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Many towns/villages in France have a wash house or Lavoir, a small building often overlooked by its own residents. These buildings were generally built during the 19C to limit the risk of an epidemic. And of course, I just overlook telling you about the wash house here! Therefore, this is the brief story , hope you enjoy it as we do. We love to walk by here each time in town.

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Nearby, the fountain and the washhouse are places conducive to relaxation, fed by the Saint Léonard spring, they remind us that Honfleur has its feet in the water! This district is home to the tourist office, media library and the St Leonard Church 12C (see post).

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The economic boom required the creation of a fountain and a washhouse supplied by the Saint Léonard spring. Fed by the sources of the Vassal , it is the oldest washhouse in the city. It was restored in 1807. A stone still indicates these restoration today. At the bottom of the St Leonard Church on rue St Léonard.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and is a must are

City of Honfleur on wash houses in French: City of Honfleur on wash houses

Tourist office of Honfleur on the St Leonard district in English: Tourist office of Honfleur on St Leonard district

Tourist office of Normandy on things to see in Honfleur in English: Tourist office of Normandy on Honfleur

And there you go a nice monument still nicely well done standing and in a wonderful neighborhood to walk and marvel of the architecture of Honfleur. Hope you enjoy the walk by this Lavoir Saint Leonard.

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

 

 

 

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