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View approaching the bridge
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can you travel easily from Honfleur to Normandy
My family and I will be in Paris in just a few days and have given some thought to trying to visit Honfleur, Normandy, and Mt. Saint Michel during our extended stay. Is this actually realistic? If so, can someone please help with some details?
Thank you in advance
Re: can you travel easily from Honfleur to Normandy
Honfleur and Mont St. Michel are in Normandy. Did you want to visit anything else in Normandy? You could take the train from Paris to Caen and then easily get guided tours to Honfleur, Mont St. Michel and the D-Day beaches if that is of interest to you. If you could spend a few days in Normandy, base yourselves in Caen and visit around. We lease a car but there are lots of tours and public transportation. If you only have a few days, the tours might be the easy way to see things.
If you are interested in Haute Normandie, you might want to visit Giverny, Rouen, Etretat, Lyons la Foret, Jumiege Abbey and some other things in that area. Giverny is possible as a day trip from Paris although you have to take the train to Vernon and then a bus to Giverny. It's lovely countryside though.
Putting High Normandy and Lower Normandy together, you have a huge area to cover. Choose just a couple things of interest and save the rest for a future trip. We spent a month just south of Caen and barely touched the surface of things to see. It's a fascinating area of France.
BTW, if you have a rainy day, visit the Caen Peace Memorial. It is nearly all indoors so good on a rainy day when you don't want to be visiting beaches.
Re: can you travel easily from Honfleur to Normandy
My 2 daughters and I did Honfleur, the Normandy beaches and Mont St. Michel in one day from Paris with a private hired driver. It was a 13 hour day, expensive and very rushed, but worth it. I think it was about $600 for the day. I would have much preferred taking 2 days. Take the train to Caan, and get a tour that lets you hang out in Honfleur for a couple of hours and then visit the Normandy beaches (and American cemetary). Spend the night in Caan and take a tour the next day to Mont. St. Michel and return to Paris that night. Wonderful 2 days.
Another idea. Now that the TGV goes to Strasbourg in 2 hours I highly recommend that as another 2 day trip. One day in Strasbourg and 1 day in Colmar and the storybook villages of Riquiwer (sp?) and Ribeauville. Unbelieveably charming, right out of Hansel and Gretel.
Enjoy your trip!
Travel Tips for Honfleur
Saturday is market day
Saturdays in Honfleur are an incredibly large market day. Around St. Catherine's is a very colorful and varied farmer's market and it seems the rest of the town center's streets are all filled with an assortment of goods. Clothing, jewelry, knives, trinkets - you name it and you will probably find it here. We strolled through the whole thing and found a small horse figurine for our equestrian minded granddaughter.
Normandy Culture and Ethnography Museum
Housed in a building in proximity of Honfleur’s old prison and dating from the 16th century, this collection re-creates life in old Normandy. In the museum’s rooms you will find traditional furniture, clothes, books and household objects, all arranged as they might have been in typical Normandy homes of the 18th and 19th centuries.
A picturesque Harbour
"First visit circa 1985"
They say you should not return to a place you have loved ! Between 1985 and 1996 we visited Honfleur at least once a year. It was never deserted, but often quiet, only once on an Easter weekend was it really busy - but not unpleasantly so.
What struck me on our most recent visit were the crowds, more like hordes of people wandering around en masse.
Many were following tour guides who held coloured umbrellas aloft so as to distinguish themselves from the next. It appeared that many of these large groups were on trips from cruise ships in Le Havre; others were taking a break from Battlefield tours from Caen and Bayeux though one bus we saw had come from Paris.
"Around the Quay"
Every small cafe, bar and restaurant along the quayside was packed. It was really eveident just from observing the food on the tables that we passed that we were unlikely to find fine dining here. But we were getting hungry and so took the first available table that we came to.
Service was rushed and impersonal, the food not quite unmemorable -greasy with soggy, supect salad leaves .... The ambiience was rowdy and not at all relaxing. On the way through to the bathroom inside the restaurant I passed by the open kitchen - not a scene to suggest the highest standards of hygiene were observed here. Afterwrds, as we walked on a couple of completely full places looked more inviting - but if you plan to eat in Honfleur a bang up to date recommendation would be worth having.
"It is still the same place!"
Once we moved away from the crowds and noise something of the old charm and attraction of this little harbour could be seen and felt just as it had done in years gone by.
We found a little cafe away from the harbour to sit quietly with a cup of coffee before continuing to retrace our footsteps and retrieve memories from visits long before. In the end I was glad we had gone back - it is a place well worth seeing; on every corner groups were oohing an ahing at the picturesque scenes that opened up with every turn in the road. But if you can go for the first time in early spring or late autumn, when no cruise ships are due in town and fewer people want to be fed, you may leave with a better sense of the magic of Honfleur.
A Surprise For Your Eyes
"Honfleur is a magical place"
We were looking for a place to camp on the way to Normandy, and for some reason we chose the campground at Honfleur.
It was quite a drive and finally we were driving along the waterfront, took a small turn to the left and all of a sudden this quaint harbor just jumped out of the French scenery. It was so unusual that you just want to stop and look--It just jumps out at you, such a surprise.
The campground is within a few blocks of the harbor, so we spent two days there painting and enjoying the food. I highly recommend this town as a visit. The colors are beautiful and everything is so interesting.
Monet came here a lot. Now I know why.
"A Painting Everywhere"
Here's your canvas/paper....now just begin and let the colors flow. The day will go by too quickly but you will bring Honfleur home with you in your heart.
I used the old fisherman's building in an oil painting. I made an early morning scene and gave my fishermen lanterns to see their nets that were piled on the fencing.
I had no trouble selling this painting. This town is magical.....
HONFLEUR ON THE FRENCH NORMANDY COAST
Honfleur is an old harbour town. The town is built around the harbour where you can see many sailing ships. Always a lovely sight to see.
Honfleur has a long history of painting. Many artists stayed here to put the harbour and surroundings on canvas.
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