Lieutenance et Mont Joli!!!!

Ok this is a town I keep bringing up and will as too many nice memories here and very sentimental for us. On this trip we wrote about two wonderful spots in my beloved Honfleur, Calvados dept 14 of Normandie! One has plenty and the other little so will balance the post here on the Lieutenance and Mont Joli! Hope you enjoy it as I do always!

SO here I am again at you on my special Honfleur. Well if you read my blog, you know it is very special.  As you know , Honfleur is on the coast,  and the river Seine that flows divides into a bay with Le Havre on the other side and two wonderful bridges Normandie and Tancarville. Enough said , I love it here and wish could visited more ,even if do come often when possible. 

I get to tell you a bit about two small places, one is very popular in the middle of it all, and the other perhaps more spectacular you need to climb a hilly street and another village part of Honfleur to then see down and amazing sights! I will be telling you about the Lieutenance and Mont Joli.

Keeper of the old basin, the lieutenancy (or Steward or Lieutenance in French) is the last bastion of the medieval Honfleur, the last vestige of the ramparts, dismantled at the end of the 17C by order of Colbert . Last vestige of the fortifications of Honfleur, the building was the housing of the King’s lieutenant. The King’s lieutenant was the ruler’s representative in a region. Two buildings are to be distinguished in the lieutenancy: the bedrock, made of stone, built around a corridor, is what remains of the enclosure. Above, the brick and stone buildings, built in the 17C, sheltered the apartments of the king’s Lieutenant. It is surmounted by a niche, which contains a statue of the Virgin, Notre Dame du Port (Our Lady of the Port), and flanked by two graceful turrets in corbelled, decorated with the weapons of the city.

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A plaque in memory of Samuel de Champlain, a navigator who explored Canada and founded the city of Québec from Honfleur in 1608, is affixed to the south facade of the building. The lieutenance is wonderful to look at every time coming into town and walking around it is sublime very nice area by the Vieux Bassin or old basin.

The city of Honfleur on the Lieutenance: https://www.ville-honfleur.com/decouvrir-honfleur/honfleur-terre-de-patrimoines/la-lieutenance/

Mont joli is a beautiful hill, yes right up by the Chapelle de Notre Dame de Grâce (see post) and with indeed beautiful views below. It’s a stop to gaze and wonder and dream on in Honfleur. Located on the heights of Honfleur and a few steps from the Chapelle, Mont Joli is a magnificent viewpoint which deserves a small detour. It offers a breathtaking view of the entire city, below, with its typical Norman-architecture houses, as well as the remarkable Tancarville Bridge, built in the mid-1950’s. The Normandie Bridge and the mouth of the Seine river. From the hill, a nice little road goes down to Honfleur and you can thus return to the city on foot via a pleasant walk. Well it is steep hilly not my cup of tea so I have not done this but is available!

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The Honfleur tourist office on the côte de Grace and Mont Joli: https://www.ot-honfleur.fr/je-profite-sur-place/patrimoine/la-cote-de-grace/

And where these sights are located really is the town of Equemauville, city hall webpage on its history: https://www.mairie-equemauville.com/histoire-et-patrimoine

In all you got the high and the lows of Honfleur, you can see the water’s edge and the medieval looking inner harbor and the sights from above with far away views that at night are just well awesome. Hope you enjoy the trip to Honfleur, and see the Lieutenance and Mont Joli to tell me more about my special town , Honfleur. Also, remember to see the other posts on them.

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

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