Opened in 1998, this high-tech museum honors Honfleur's native son Erik Satie, in the house where he was born in 1866. Satie was a "complete artist" -- he became most famous for his music, but he was also a painter, and acted as a muse and inspiration to Picasso, Braque, Cocteau, Débussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky. This is not a traditional museum. The walk-through exhibitions incorporate sound, light, and recordings of Satie's compositions. Visitors wear high-tech helmets that transmit sound, which allows for a degree of play and experimentation in some of the exhibits.
Admission 5.10€ adults, 3.60€ ages 10-17, free for children under 10.
The Lieutenance - part of the old fortress
One imposing vestige of the old fortification of the city remains, the "Lieutenance," so called because it was the ome of Lieutenant King. It was originally (in the 16th Century) the gate to the city. On one side there is a monument to Samuel de Champlain who sailed from here to Canada and discovered the St. Lawrence seaway. It still stands at the entrance to the basin so at least symbolically still guards the city. HOwever, it does not deter an invasion of British, tourists that is.
Picture perfect Honfleur
"An artist's dream"
You probably can't go wrong visiting the places that were favorites of Monet and the Impressionists. Honfleur was such a popular locationl that there was even a school of painting named for it. It is really a postcard waiting to happen with its lovely basin full of boats and surrounded by high, skinny and colorful houses, seemingly with a restaurant in the front of each one. No wonder the early and pre-impressionists came to paint them many times over and that has not stopped. You will see artists at work today trying to capture the color and light.
Its beauty is not its only claim to fame however. For centuries Honfleur was a major port, sitting in the ideal convergence of the Seine and the English Channel. It was from here that Champlain sailed in 1608 on his way to discovering the St. Lawrence Waterway. It was also a base for Newfoundland fishermen. As salt was a valuable commodity in preserving the fish, it was highly priced and taxed and there are two old "greniers a sel" or warehouses which could store 10,000 tons of salt. They have been preserved and now are venues for concerts, exhibitions, etc.
We were fortunate in that the weekend we were there was the annual "Fete de la Crevette et de la Peche" or festival of shrimp and fish. This is still an active fishing port and they celebrated the weekend with food vendors selling the fresh seafood, concerts, parades of ships from the basin and a magnificent fireworks display which was wonderful and enhanced by being done beside the water so you got reflections of the show as well.
Yes horrifying for I was there over Halloween, other than that this place looks awesome.
The old town with the typical Normandy houses , but especially the old port is displayed in every touristic magazine
I was lucky enough to see it at night time and at sunrise, so check out my day-night photos.
Though the name of the town sounds french, it originates from the Viking who called it 'Honnefleu'