Honfleur is Normandy, the sea, and us!

So here I am again to update a memorable dear post of mine. Many of them have a personal touch, some more than others, Honfleur is top up on the list. If you have read, I have been coming regularly to the city since 1993 and even more so after my dear ones rest here. I like to tell you once again about Honfleur, Normandy, the sea and Us! Of course, many many posts on it in my blog.

There is a vivid lively quant small town in Normandy that is always in my mind. This is special and personal as my dear late mother Gladys and later my dear late wife Martine lies there in the ocean off of it, 2007 and 2018. This is Honfleur, Normandy. We all will be going there eventually.

Honfleur is a city of painters, artists, some of them were Gustave Courbet, Eugene Boudin, Claude Monet, and Johan Barthold Jongkind that created the school of Honfleur style and contributed to the creation of the Impressionist movement; Alphonse Allais and Erik Satie were born in the same street. You smell and see the flavor of seafood all around it, nice old history, quaint streets and Sainte Catherine Church. However, the most is the sea and all related to it.

You have two salt depot from the three originally there, the one was destroyed by fire. The two remaining can store 10K tons of salt used to preserve the fish in the fishing harbor; and both were built in the 17C. My favorite area is the old bassin or vieux basin  in the center of town. They were ordered built by Colbert in 1681 and finished them in 1684.  It has a space of one hectare or 10K M2 and a lenght of 130 meters (429 feet)  by a width of 70 meters (231 feet) on the south side and 85 meters (281 feet )on the north side where you see the channel to the front harbor of Honfleur . It is completely surrounded by wharfs and walkable!

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Along the wharf or quai Sainte Catherine you see wooden houses from the 17C and 18C.  The south side extends the quai Sainte Catherine to the rue Montpensier on an underground stream of La Claire that feeds the bassin. The western part is built around some more houses that are part of the quai Saint-Étienne. One of these houses is the Hôtel de Ville or mayor’s office and the Church of Saint Etienne (marine museum). On the north side or sea side you have the quai de la Quarantaine , and the only building is the Lieutenance that was the home of the lieutenant governor of the King.  There is a movable bridge on the channel towards the front of harbor that makes the tour of the basin final.

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You can see the pont de Normandie from above the côte de Grâce or the Mont Jolie hill nearby. This is an impressive bridge and you can have boat rides right underneath ; like with the Jolie France. There is station of SNSM lifeguards volunteer corps with the main boat Notre Dame du Port, the one that took my Mom and wife ashes to sea. Wonderful guys very much close to them still. More on this great group of lifesavers at sea here: https://station-honfleur.snsm.org/

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honfleur-jolie-france-levies-lock-closing-my13There is a small beach on the north side almost facing Le Havre and just underneath the côte de Grâce; this is the Honfleur beach.  On the côte de Grâce there is a nice small chapel church Notre-Dame de Grâce Chapel; we go there for service couple times a year and especially during the Fête des Marins already about 159 years old tradition where the Notre Dame du Port Virgin is taken out to sea for a ride and blessings.

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honfleur-fete-des-marins-quai-ste-catherine-my13In all a wonderful town , pleasant for the whole family ,and good seafood. Tops to see are the   L’Enclos  and the old basin or Vieux Bassin, the Lieutenance, Church of  Saint-Etienne (today a marine museum), the salt stockages or Greniers à Sel, the Church of Sainte-Catherine (biggest wooden Church in France, actually an upside down boat!) . The wall of the sea or Le mur de mer,a long promenade along the harbor channel on the river Seine.  Museum or Musée Eugene Boudin at rue de l’Homme de Bois. And the museum or musée d’Erik Satie, 67 boulevard Charles V.

The city of Honfleur on things to see: https://www.ville-honfleur.com/decouvrir-honfleur/honfleur-et-son-patrimoine/

The Honfleur tourist office in English: https://www.honfleur-tourism.co.uk/

The department 14 Calvados tourist board in English: https://www.calvados-tourisme.co.uk/top-10/

The Normandy region tourist office on Honfleur  here in English: https://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/unmissable-sites/honfleur/

And there you go folks, another brief general presentation on wonderful Honfleur, never tired of seeing it and love it. Even if brings sad moments, the happy times outnumbered them and I am sure all will be happy reading this one. Thanks

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

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