Le Canada Hotel Hermanville

183 Rue de l'Amiral Wietzel, Hermanville-sur-mer, Basse-Normandie, 14880, France
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Caen Memorial, A Museum for Peace

by dimilag

The Caen Memorial "A Museum for Peace" offers a moving account of European history from 1918 to present day. The museum includes soldiers' letters, documentary films and an exhibition on Nobel Peace Prize winners, the Cold War and D-Day.

Caen Memorial stands on a plateau named after General Eisenhower. on a clifftop beneath which the Germans had their HQ in June and July 1944. Funds and material for it came from the US, Britain, Canada, Germany, Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, the USSR and France.


by MikeAtSea

The picturesque seaside town of Honfleur is situated at the Seine estuary, opposite Le Havre. Honfleur boasts a long, rich history and seafaring tradition. Back in the 15th and 16th centuries, it was from here that the first voyages left for Canada and the New World. The whole town is virtually an outdoor museum, full of half timbered houses and cobbled streets. One of Honfleur’s most characteristic sites is the Old Port with its tall narrow houses, their wooden façades topped by slate roofs. In the 19th century, Honfleur attracted a steady stream of artists, among them many Impressionists who took their inspiration from the town’s picturesque setting.

Historic Honfleur

by freya_heaven

Honfleur is a gorgeous town, full of character & history. It has played a large part in the seafaring history of France and is still an important working port today.

The explorer Samuel de Champlain set sail from Honfleur in 1608 & founded Quebec Cityin Canada. Also Cavelier de la Salle departed here to explore the Americas in the late 1800s. He named Louisianna after King Louis who was on the French throne at the time.

Honfleur was also an important trading post with product from the French west African colonies & West Indies.

Today it is a pretty tourist town with the streets lines with cafes, especially around the inner harbour and pleasant olde worlde architecture.


by Carmanah

We woke up to a cold, grey, October morning and left our Deauville hotel very early. Before getting too comfy on board our tour bus, we arrived 20 minutes later in the sleepy port commune of Honfleur.

Honfleur sits at the mouth of the Seine river and is small but historic and easy to explore on foot. This tiny town has been inspiration for many of France's famous modernist painters, such as Courbet and Monet. This was one reason why dropped by, for within the next few days we'd visit Monet's garden in Giverny, and we'd also visit some art galleries in Paris, like the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre, which both feature these artists' works.

What's also interesting is that Honfleur was associated ever so slightly with Canadian history. Since we were essentially one big social studies class, our teachers would emphasize any Canadian historical content that they could. So apparently Jean Denis, a native Honfleurais, was a member in Samuel de Champlain's exploratory expeditions to Canada back in the early 17th century. Years later, trade with New France (what would later become Québec in Canada) would play a critical role in Honfleur's economy.

The most unique structure in Honfleur is L'église Sainte-Catherine, in which we were able to tour. This is the largest church made out of wood in France. It has a particularly distinctive bell-tower (which I photographed) that's separate from the main part of the church, which makes it a bit odd-looking.

After our short tour of the Sainte-Catherine church, we had a little bit of free time to explore the town on our own. Me and a few of my friends were a little bit chilly and decided to seek out somewhere where we could find something warm to drink. We stumbled upon a pub which sold hot chocolate (chocolat chaud), which was perfect on that October morning. We then met back and boarded our bus and started to head to Rouen.

The Cornille-Havard Bell Foundry

by Carmanah

North of Fougères and south of Caen is the town of Villedieu-les-Poêles. It's a very charming town - historic, quaint, and unassuming. We came here to take a guided tour of the Cornille-Havard Bell foundry. With the early morning October fog, it made for a very memorable visit. To give more context of the foundry, I've quoted the brochure I picked up back in 1994:

A nine hundred years old tradition

The city of Villedieu les Poeles was founded in the 14th century by the Knights of Jerusalem who arrived from the East bringing their skills in metalworks with them. They set up a commandery and, under the protection of their successors the Knights of MALTA, a flourishing industry developped. For more than 200 years Cornille-Havard has been maintaining the bell casting tradition on the same site.

A very active traditional workshop

From an archaeological point of biew the workshop is very interesting since the bell founders still use all sorts of tools coming from old times: an archaic windlass moving along a wooden trail helps to carry the loam over the pits to build the moulds. A unique reverberating oven of 20 tons, to melt the alloy of copper and tin, occupies the middle of the factory. On one side, a craftsman prepares the inscriptions and decorations to be put on the bells according to the old 'lost wax' process. On other sides, different bells, at each step of fabrication, wait to be sent all over the world: United States, Canada, Africa, Armenia...



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View from the rampards of the castle over CaenView from the rampards of the castle over Caen

Forum Posts

flights to usa/canada

by danielinnz

Hi anyone able to give me some websites of budget airlines operating out of europe to east coast usa/canada?



Re: flights to usa/canada

by freya_heaven

Try www.flyzoom.com They fly very cheaply from Canada to various airports in the UK and Paris, France.


Re: flights to usa/canada

by ellielou

there is a meta site: www.kayak.com, that searches various airline, cheap tkt search engines. I"ve been using it for all my air and hotel booking b/c it's consistently the cheapest. Also, you don't book from them, but they give you the link of where you can book.
You'll have to search backwards, from US to Europe, etc.

good luck.

Re: flights to usa/canada

by danielinnz

Thank you both for your advice. I'll check them out :-)


Happy Canada Day, Who's travelling to France

by peterm0302

Just finished a great long weekend here. Chime in if any celebrating Canadians are heading to France this summer.

July 13 to 31
Paris (10 days), Nice, Chambery, Beaune

Flight deal from toronto Canada to Spain and Italy

by bluewaters_2003

Need to know the lowest cost possible for flights from toronto to Spain or Italy. I'm planing to go for 2 weeks in sept or early oct 2006, one week in each country.

Any tip would be great. The cheapest flight was $870 all taxes include CA. toronto to madrid sept 7-21 us airways (via various methods/websites)

Thanks in advance for your replies

RE: Flight deal from toronto Canada to Spain and Italy

by JennysTravels

check out these sites. I use them frequently.



RE: RE: Flight deal from toronto Canada to Spain and Italy

by bluewaters_2003

I keep checking exit.. but I had never tried the cheapticketscanada website.

Thanks, I'll add it to my list!

PS. Any recommendation for low cost flight from toronto to spain and the return from Italy to toronto?


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 Le Canada Hotel Hermanville

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Address: 183 Rue de l'Amiral Wietzel, Hermanville-sur-mer, Basse-Normandie, 14880, France