This is a smaller boat the Calypso that does runs in the inner harbor ,canals, and pleasure boat marina, a nice ride for the entire family.
if you have not taken a ride in a boat here this is a good start as it takes you closer to the architecture of the city and the boats in the marinas, all the way to the old shipyard of Honfleur in the back by the town's entrance now trying to come back and delivers lots of woods products by sea
45 minutes of narrated stories for 6€
One of the local hero and one of the best painters of France. A must when in town.
the group that takes care of the museum was created in 1956, however the museum was built and renovated in 1974 and 1988 respectively.
Before it was the municipal museum from 1868, done at the salle des mariage or marriage hall, then the mayor's office or hôtel de ville it was transfered in 1924 to the Convent of Augustines, rue de l'homme de bois. The new one was done as above.
You go in by the cours Erik Satie to the welcome lobby, in the first floor, here you have the Salle or room D Louveau, take the elevators up 2nd floor you have the rooms or salles des Peintres, temporary expositions, painters of the 19C, the cabinets room dedicated to Eugene Boudin, take an escalator to the cabinet des dessins, and the collection of the Hambourg -Rachet. If you continue on the elevator to the 3rd floor you see the painters of the 20C and the salle Katia Granoff.
The museum is divided into 7 themes so briefly,these are
Salle Désiré Louveau ethnographic collection, costumes etc from the region
the Salles dedicated to Bigot,Driés, Gernez,Herbo,and saint Delis. artists that worked and lived in Honfleur.
salle Katia Granoff,artists of the 20C that worked and or lived in Honfleur,such as R Dufy, P de Belay, the painters of the school of Rouen, etc
The chapel or chapelle, temp exhibitions of artists that have worked in Normandy
The salle éugene Boudin and painters of the 20C such as Claude Monet, JB Jongkind, Gustave Courbet, and G Hamelin etc.
the donation collection of Hamburg-Rachet a family that for three generations collected paintings of Eugene Boudin, Saint Delis,Dubourg, Gen Paul etc.
The cabinet des dessins is the room of works on paper and engravings.
The museum is open March 15 to September 30 every day except Tuesdays from 10h to 12h and 14h to 18H
open from october 1st to March 14 every day weekends and Tuesdays, from 14h30 to 17h30
Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 12h and 14h30 to 17h30
admission are subject to variations, this year is 7€ adults
the house museum of musician composer Erik Satie that was born in the house in 1866. He is a great collaborators of the other great ones such as Picasso,Cocteau,René Clair,and Picabia. He had influence to artists like Debussy, Ravel or Stravinsky.
Some of his work are
Morceaux en forme de poire
The colors inside are control electronically that guides you from one work to the next. video projections, calligraphy, works of the artist, it offers the house as once lived with all the artist heart and soul in it.
It is open every day except tuesdays from may to september 10h to 19h and october to april from 11h To 18H
you can see the official page in contact now under renovation and the tourist office, the place is open ok
The lieutenance is a military rank of French origins , the Holder of the Place or tenant de lieu.
The lieutenance building is at the entrance to the old harbour (vieux bassin). It is an old building of the 18th century, and the former home of the Governor of Honfleur. One of the sides of the building is an old gate of the city, the Porte de Caen(17C) , which was to be part of the city's fortifications, and on top has a niche of the Virgin Notre Dame du Port. It was between 1684 and 1789 home to the Lieutenant of the king. It became, in 1793, the commerce tribunal.
One of the most emblematic buildings of the city. See the plaque and bust of Samuel de Champlain the discoverer of Québec, Canada.
all the boat rides there are very friendly with nice folks who loves their trade. However, Jolie France stands out as a family who keeps in touch with you ,and with me for many years. They even send me sms to advise me of the weather before coming over.
The ride is phenomenal from the bassin de l'est into the levy locks to go into the sound of Le Havre and under the Pont de Normandie and into the canals of cargo shipping and the beach of Butin, very well explained and greatly animated.
I always go in the morning the first ride depending on the weather is 10h30 or 11h30. then they have more in the afternoon. 1h30 long ride for 10€ adult.
The other Calypso is nice but goes more inland into the bassins.
The plage du Butin is the beach of Honfleur, on the side of the harbor entrance a bit far from city center but walkable you have a long stretch of sand that in summer is full of sunbathers.
along blvd George V,
Its not large but not small ,it has natural pools of water right in the ocean, you will have quiet moments here.
Great for sand castles and a tan, not so good for swimming even if it is a pavillion bleu since 2010
A wonderful seaman museum inside an old church of St Etienne built in the 14C but not in use as such from 1808.
you can change to English.
it shows boat models, life of the fisherman and sealife in the town which is big.
more on the tourist office site
A wonderful church to visit as well when in Honfleur
There was a sanctuary here in the year 1186 as told in the chart of the abbey of Grestain. The facade is of flamboyant gothic style with only a small part from the original church standing. It ,also, has some renaissance influence. The best parts were burned by the Huguenots in the war of religion in the 16C. The biggest part of the church was built between the 17C and 18C that is why the belltower is in a dome rare in Normandy, but more like those we find in the eastern parts of France. The interior is completely decorated in mural paintings.
at the côte de grace, up the hilly streets, you will come to a cross of Christ and a chapel of Notre Dame,dedicated to mariners. Beautiful place, great views over the city and the pont de normandie.
the church inside is small but lovely with boat models and wishes and prayers by mariners.
From there or Mont jolie you can see the pont de normandie and my Mom ashes are out to sea from there, special place for me, go there at least once a year.
It was built in 1600 to 1615 by the sailors fisherman and well heel of the town. The place chosen was where once were a chapel from 1023 built by Richard II duke of Normandy that was erected after Our Lady save him from a perilious trip at sea. Many personalities have come here to pay respect and prayer including Samuel de Champlain, Pierre Berthelot, king Louis XIII, Napoléon Iér, and Thérese de Lisieux (Saint Theresa).
done in the shape of an upside down boat, the upper part is all wood. The wood used comes from the forest of Touques. The church was built in different stages the first one from 1460.
Wonderful quaint church, beautiful decoration if simple. A must in town. It is the biggest church in France done in wood with a belltower apart from the main building.
It is name after Saint Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine , a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. Over 1,100 years following her martyrdom, St. Joan of Arc identified Catherine as one of the Saints who appeared to her and councelled her.
If you have found somewhere to park then the Musee Boudin is definitely worth a sniff. As the name suggests it is primarily concerned with the work of Boudin...who was very much an impressionist before the Impressionists arrived...as he was Monet's tutor you can see where Monet got it from. There's also other French art in there and an audio-guide for the culturally clueless. If you find you really like Boudin, and it's easily done, then there's actually a bigger collection of his work at the Musee Malraux in Le Havre.
One word of warning provincial French galleries have some odd opening hours e.g. closing for lunch, so check the website.
The focus of Honfleur is around its harbor. It is full of colorful yachts. The cobblestone path around the harbor opens to numerous restaurants which serve mainly, you guessed it, fish dishes (prawns, mussels, etc.)
These restaurants have harborside cafes perfect for sipping your cup of morning coffee. The restaurants run around 15 euros - 30 euros average per meal, but there were some less expensive if you just read the menus posted outside.
The harbor is part of the area where the famous Seine river empties into the ocean.
Honfleur is less than a 2 hour drive from Paris. But be careful that you don't get caught up in the made rush of Parisians leaving Paris on Friday night / Saturday morning and returning Sunday evening. The traffic can be quite high. Best to travel during the week.
Honfleur is a charming town on the Normandy coast-- a two hour drive from Paris (200 km, or 120 miles). It is clearly a town made for tourists, with art galleries, souvenir shops, and many restaurants. Begin your visit with a stroll around the port, pictured here.
The old harbour of Honfleur is a must see in Normandy. Sourrounded by tasty restaurants, it's for sure an ideal place for a romantic evening.
You can take this opportunity to see the massive "Normandy Bridge" over the Seine river
The Bassin (Dock) is the inner harbor, today a place for yacts. The commercial trade (mostly wood importing is in the outer harbor. This was created in 1668 by Duquesne under orders from Colbert as a defensive measure and was mostly involved in exports to England. Many famous Normans had explored Canada from here in the previous century. Note the drawbridge.