well done it several times up or down ,road or water, and its always a thrill doing it.
The pont de normandie is a wander of our world done with five nations helping out including France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, and England.
Going under its easy by renting a boat in Honfleur on a cruise tour, with my favorite Jolie France boat.
Its total length is 2,143.21 metres (7,032 ft) – 856 metres (2,808 ft) between the two piers.
the water under can be as much as 150 meters deep. You will do good to try it both ways on the road and on the water.
A nice indoor park garden of tropical paradise and plenty of butterflies. Its like been in a more temperate climate but been inside takes you there indeed.
Great for families and small children.
It is considered the biggest butterfly tropical park in France! and temps are maintained at a constant 28°C
Also, tropical plants, trees, and flowers. Open from February to end of november from 9h30 to 13h then 14h to 18H sometimes later or earlier check the webpage.
Car parking is free, the visit can be about an hour; located at end past the jardin public on blvd Charles V across from the Chapelle de l'hôpital and tower lighthouse.
admission is 8,50€ adults now
lavoirs or old laundrymat the town folks use to clean their clothing in times immemorials.
They were done here in the second half of the 19C by being close to industries, fountains,and train station. This needed to have build a fountain and laundry fed by the waters of the source Saint Léonard. The existance here is known to be from the 15C.
Therefore ,it is at the foot of the church St Léonard at quai de LAPAULMIER
Another wonderful event not to be missed if in the area and one my wife especially enjoys, its the garden event yearly now for about 4 years held in city center. April is it check the link contact at the bottom for specific info as it changes slighly every year at the Public Garden or jardin public bordering the harbor into the city along the river Seine. About 70 exhibits and sale of plants flowers and garden equipement as well as free advice
admission is 3,50€ adult but check the site at bottom of contact link for updates.
it is held every year, so plan for it, its great.
The jardin public has statues all around of famous personalities that have lived or visited Honfleur including Eugene Boudin of course.
or mariners festival, is in May but the days may change check the site , one not to missed if in the area, or better plan to be here, its wonderful. I have not missed one in 10 years living here,highly recommended.
This is the older celebration in Honfleur. Every year since 1861 the « Sea people » as they are called here, gather at Whitsun. On White Sunday there’s a mass and the Benediction of the Sea. On White Monday, there’s a procession to Notre Dame de Grâce, which is a small chapel on the top of a hill close to the town center by the côte de Grâce, with great pageantry and views over the city from the top as well as the pont de normandie
See the parade of boats coming into the pleasure marina all nicely decorated and noise making and happy times assured. Again this year I will be there with the family ,the 152nd edition
This year activities for a taste of it
It all begins on Saturday 18 May, with sailing and races on the vieux Bassin, expositions of model boats at the petit Grenier à Sel,photos on this year the 100th coronation ceremony at the church Notre Dame de Grâce in the côte de grâce hill. Sunday 19 May you have the big Mass at the Church of Sainte Catherine at 10h and later the depart of the parade of Amis Honfleurais to the monument of the fallen at sea where a large ceremony is held. From 14h45 the big blues concert by JJ Blues by the carrousel/Lieutenant area in the vieux bassin. AT 17h the boarding of the Officials for the benediction at sea, and at 21h choral concert Scamlevilla at the church of Saint Leonard de Honfleur. Monday 20 May, you come to the assembly in front of the hôtel de ville.By 9h a parade on the streets of Honfleur by more than 100 musicians, boat models,, children, officials, city,regional representatives and the people. You see the laying of a wreath on the monument to the French memory or monument du souvenir français and on the monument to the fallen or monument aux Morts, the church officials will join us in front of the church of Saint Catherine. At 10h the banner of Pierre Berthelot is given to a chosen mariners/fisherman and sign the book of gold in the chapel of the church Notre Dame de Grâce. By 10h30 Mass in plein air with the benediction of the marines and boats and service for the dead. 12h30 we returned to the Hôtel de Ville with chanting of the La Marseillaise national anthem,and by 13h the diplomas given to the winning of the military preparation for the Haute Normandie region. And home as a happy camper, until next one in 2014.
a thrill for car buffs like me, drive back and forth the pont de normandie, this time I took pictures on a rainy day, and it was awesome.
With its 856 meters of middle arch the Pont de Normandie at the time of its put in service was the biggest suspended bridge in the world.
Still a marvel, the webpage is the official but only in French. You can translate with google or other translation service like Bing.
you pay 5,30€ each way or can buy a roundtrip ticket.
yes absolutely wonderful cruise taken already from my fab place of Honfleur. the outfit is CroisiEurope,and the boat is the Seine Princess, it goes thru the Yvelines still my home department before reaching Paris.
having problems with my browser but go to the site above in French no English, go to right column where it says destination, go down and choose Seine, all cruises along the river will show and will see Seine Princess boat, thats the one from to Honfleur
I'm Canadian, eh?!
So I would naturally keep an eye out for the bust of Samuel de Champlain -- the founder of Québec, Canada -- near the North West corner of the Vieux Bassin. He began his journey right here in the Port of Honfleur... but sadly most tourists don't ever notice him so they had to remount him next to arch (see 3rd photo).
It's not particularly attractive... but if you want a bit of sea air then head north west of the harbour area and take a walk westwards alongside the Seine. You can see Le Havre on the other side and also the Pont De Normandie, one of Europe's most spectacular bridges. There's also a park if you head west that has little statues of French 'heroes'. All okay if you want to get away from the tourist tack of the harbour.
Take a walk up Cote de Grace and you'll be rewarded with the panoramic view of Honfleur and Pont de Normandie. There's also a chuch which was once used by the royalties.