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Honfleur Highlights

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     quaint, friendly, a great spot for people watching 

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     It rains and can be quite chilly. 

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     Light, art, and a place to unwind. 

Honfleur Things to Do

  • take a boat ride on the canals

    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...

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  • Pont de Normandie

    The spectacular bridge across the river Seine which spans from Le Harve to Honfleur.The information service station is situated on the Le Harve side. The bridge opened on 20 January 1995.

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  • Museum Eugéne Boudin

    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...

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  • maison museum Erik Satie

    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 areGymnopédiesGnossiennesMorceaux en forme de poireparadeThe colors inside are control...

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  • La Lieutenance

    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...

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  • take a boat ride like Jolie France

    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...

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Honfleur Restaurants

  • Gallettes & Crepes

    We dived into this spot to get away from the lunchtime crowds. We had a 20 month en-tow and so needed some space for him to run riot, without disturbing too many people.

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  • nice breton normand stuff

    This is a blend between Breton and Normand cuisine, very nicely done, great service, and nice family ambiance.The place is very clean bistro paris style chairs tables napkins, all nice.It is by the quai des passengers almost across from the jardin public. . Very nicely serve with great steaks, burgers,and salads, good coffees, great ice cream...

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  • easy drink and great breakfast Paris

    nice friendly café by the quai des passagers just before going up to Sainte Catherine.you come here for tthe early morning chat with the fisherman, hear of grand tells, and great ambiance, then have a wonderful brunch breakfast to start your day brunch breakfast, coffee, orange juice, a slice of baguette bread, and plenty of butter, jellies, and...

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  • seafood at the port

    Another seafood fish dandy of many years, still standing gloriously after crossing the parking du Môle. Menus of 17,23,and 27 Euros all good, we go for the 23€ as it gives us soup, mussels, and the choice of the beef or fish, and I choose the one fresh for the day.the ambiance is bistro but in the country, is full and lively, nice...

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  • seafood at its best Crystal

    an old house, two floors nicely done, great quiet ambiance, refine friendly service, tucked away on a quaint street and the food is sublime.Try to eat in the second floor or 1ére étage hereWe have come here often over the years and still very good, a find and now share. Enjoy it the mussels marinade, the fish or poisson au gimgembre or the dessert...

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  • Cockles & Mussels, Alive, Alive, O

    Given the location, along the Vieux Bassin, this is shellfish lovers paradise. If you look at the menu boards you can find (by the price) a large entree of mostly raw molluscs with a couple of expensive oysters and modest prawns for deco. If it is a high-class place, it may be served on a stainless steel tiered rack with various picks to assist in...

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Honfleur Nightlife

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    by chbuchie Written Nov 3, 2005

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    Oh yeah what a view, right on the port

    As ever in this touristic area, beer prices start at 3-4 euro, yet good menus are served starting from 15-20 euro.
    A general misunderstanding of foreigners in France; yes the drinks are more expensive but the food is much cheaper and of good quality

    Anyway, at night time I was sitting here on a warmed terrace, watching the people go by as I was reading my newspaper.

    The atmosphere was very laid back, with the waiter sitting down next to me to enjoy his meal.

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Honfleur Transportation

  • how to get in and out of Honfleur

    There is no train station in Honfleur, you need to go to Deauville Trouville sur mer next,and get a taxi or bus in. However, there is the wonderful bus verts of calvado to drive you around the area.line 20 and line 50 takes you here from Caen or le Havrehttp://www.busverts.fr/281-Horaires-2012-2013.htmlgare de Deauville Trouville trains...

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  • car rental in Honfleur

    there are car rentals in Honfleur but to be sure of availability and choices better to pre bookMARY AUTOMOBILES HONFLEUR Agent PEUGEOTAvenue Jacques Cartier14600 HonfleurTél. : 02 31 98 62 62Fax : 02 31 98 62 63 book it online at http://groupemary.fr/location/index.phpi use for years when out visitingwww.autoeurope.comwww.kemwel.comFor parking you...

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  • bus from Honfleur

    my five cents worth, from Honfleur, is better to go to Trouville is just next door on bus verts No 20 and Lisieux Bus no 50 gets you there. no need for trains. Taxi takes to Trouville 25 mins unless using a 2CV (never mind its a joke), From Trouville to Paris by train ,need to lookhttp://www.voyages-sncf.com/billet-train?_AGENCY=VSCgo to train, put...

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Honfleur Shopping

  • market days at Honfleur

    Another wonderful time in Honfleur is to attend the market days in city center. this is the famous marchés done in every town in France. Fresh produce, people mixing, and great goodies:price quality.you have the traditional market at Cours des Fossés and Place Sainte-Catherine , every Saturday mornings. The market is to see the city and its people...

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  • oh those breads oh those chocolates

    Olivier Deschamps makes wonders here in a beautiful bakery pastry shopmy favorite all time bakery in town,with friendly service always.You wont go wrong here if coming here for these mouthfuls you will be delighted to come back, I do. you buy breads here, you buy sweets, the whole house is my favorite,and ocourse the macarons,and chocolates are...

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  • Normands products cider rosé

    you will have a nice welcome very friendly folks who gives out goodies to taste and take home with the Norman smile.the shop is nice and central with a section in the back of old cider brewing equipment. They represent many houses but especially the biscutierie Jeannette from nearby Cabourg;This is a new store and not easy to find in internet now....

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Honfleur Local Customs

  • More arts at Galerie d art du vieux...

    Art painting is all over Honfleur, the beginning of the impressionists and more, from the fame of many to the one great local here Eugene Boudin, you can't come here and not liking arts paintings that is ,all around youThe Galerie d'Art du Vieux Honfleur is wonderful and great help. ONe of my favorite art places to shop.31 rue du DAuphin. see the...

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  • arts arts and galerie du Dauphin

    Art painting is all over Honfleur, the beginning of the impressionists and more, from the fame of many to the one great local here Eugene Boudin, you can't come here and not liking arts paintings that is ,all around youThe Galerie du Dauphin is one of the best in town, and one of my local favorites over the years.Right on place Sainte Catherine,...

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  • A Church Is For Weddings

    With a church like Ste.-Catherine's, it is probably constant venue for weddings. Of course all churches are and we are always visiting them when we travel.

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Honfleur Warnings and Dangers

  • COBBLES GALORE.

    Its not much of a danger but you do need to be quite fit. There is lots to see and do. You need sensible shoes as the cobbles can be quite difficult to walk on especially if you already find walking difficult.

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  • Danger at the Entrance of the Parking

    At the entrance of the parking of Honfleur there is a bar that limits the height of the vehicules entering the party. A fellow driver carrying bicycles at the top of his car didn't notice the bar and as a result his car (and the bicycles) crashed on the bar and were damaged. So, for the people carrying bicycles on the top of their car i suggest to...

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  • Warning Slippery Surface at Vieux Bassin

    When we visited Honfleur we became witnesses of an almost accident. The stones of the quayside at some places were sleek from the constant use and wet by the sea water. A small child slipped towards the sea and it was resqued by his father, who managed to pick him up, moments before his dive in the black waters of the harbour, by cathcing him from...

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Honfleur Tourist Traps

  • Honfleur is one big Tourist Trap

    It might have been a magnet for artists once upon a time but don't even think about taking your paints and easel these days. The harbour area is packed solid in Summer with cars and tourists and you're likely to be trampled to death if you stand still for more than three nano-seconds. There's also not much of it. Once you've done a circuit of the...

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  • Expensive

    If you have a drink in the old port ' Vieux Bassin' prices are very high.Example.A Belgian Beer named Leffe is sold at 6 eurothis is about 3 times the price.Of course the view can compensate the price

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Honfleur Off The Beaten Path

  • Boating under the Pont de Normandie

    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...

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  • Naturospace

    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°CAlso, tropical plants, trees, and flowers. Open...

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  • le Lavoirs de Honfleur

    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...

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Honfleur Favorites

  • My mom resting place

    I come here often, even if not enough photos, been zillion times, walk, all over, love the quaint sea town atmosphere,and nice museums and restaurants not to mention the boat rides. My parents came along, too, and the entire family.Then , my Mom passed away December 27 ,2007. and it was decided to deposit her ashes here at Honfleur, where we all...

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  • How 'bout them apples!

    You probably know that Calvados is a department in the region of Haute (or upper) Normandy. It is one of the few that does not produce wine, but makes up for it with apple brandy and cider as it is a major apple growing area. There is a sweet or soft cider (Cidre Doux) which is light and smooth and goes particularly well with cheese. There is a...

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  • Lavomatique - a laundromat in Honfleur

    We try to travel light and, besides washing a few small items in hotel sinks, seek some way in the middle of a trip to do some laundry. Honfleur has a very nice, modern (and expensive) Lavomatique. The machines do a very nice job of washing and drying clothes but be prepared to spend some money. Rates are (in Euros):Washing - 6kg 3.50, 7kg 3.80 and...

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