Le Havre Things to Do

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    Hôtel de Ville, Le Havre

    by Gyppo Updated Mar 21, 2008
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    The town hall was designed by Auguste Perret, and has a very pleasant pedestrian area in front (completed some time after the building itself, in 1990). I hesitate to describe it as 'gardens' due to the liberal use of concrete! However, it is extremely attractive. This area contains numerous fountains and other water features, as well as flower beds and walkways. Also situated here is the Résistance-Déportation-Souviens-toi memorial, which commemorates those who died in the Resistance and Holocaust victims.

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    Place Charles de Gaulle

    by Gyppo Written Mar 21, 2008

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    The Place Charles de Gaulle is a large open area next to the Bassin du Commerce. When I visted, there were a lot of young artists drawing the memorials to the civilian and military dead of the first and second World Wars, and to those killed in the place formerly known as French Indochina.

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    The Volcan cultural centre

    by Gyppo Written Mar 21, 2008

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    Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the "volcano" is actually a pair of structures (Le Grand Volcan and Le Petit Volcan) housing the Maison de la Culture of Le Havre. Inside are a theatre and a cinema, plus a café. Skaters use the base of one of the structures as a quarter pipe, while kids use the air conditioning vents to launch empty plastic bottles 30 feet into the air.

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    L’église Saint-Joseph

    by Gyppo Written Mar 2, 2008
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    This church was designed by August Perret, apparently in a 'Stalinist' style (ironic?). It dominates the Le Havre skyline, and is particularly impressive both inside and out. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Hit the Beach

    by Ricky_globetrotter Written May 18, 2007

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    The Beach at Le Havre was a long stretch. I had been there in January so couldn't enjoy the Sun but it was quite nice one. You can see the ships entering into and leaving the harbour from a distance and the Seagulls following them.

    Plenty of benches to relax and hang out.

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    Le Salon des Navigateurs

    by aemilys Updated Dec 21, 2005

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    Five stars to this excellent place and it gets my vote for the world's neatest barbershop (I'm just so sad I lost my pictures). Mr. Daniel Le Compte has transformed his barbershop into a veritable museum of hairdressing and sailing history. He and his wife are very welcoming and will actually take time out to show you around and it's free! They have been in the area for years (since 1958 if I remember correctly) and are very knowledgeable about the history of Le Havre. They will give you all sorts of good advice on where to go and what to see. Also, Mrs. Le Compte's aunt married a GI and so she has family in the US!

    Of course if you want a haircut (men only) you will have to pay but I cannot imagine that you would be disappointed. I actually saw a satisified customer who looked very handsome indeed.

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    Musee Malraux

    by aemilys Updated Dec 21, 2005

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    This is a nice little museum with a lovely collection (mostly paintings) ranging from the XVII to the XX century. The Boudin studies are great. I love cows. They also have a very nice Dufy collection. He was very fond of Le Havre and the paintings are just excellent. It's doable in an hour or two (my opinion) so you don't get stuck spending the day inside; it's more of a culture break than culture overload.

    The museum will soon be closed for renovation so please check carefully or call before you go. Normally this is scheduled for 1 January through to 1 June 2006. Also they have free parking and handicap accessibility.

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    Check out the tourist office

    by aemilys Updated Nov 25, 2005

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    As usual the first thing to do is get some information from the tourist office. I just received a lovely brochure (2 days after my online request, how's that for prompt?) with lots of useful information. I also called to find out the hours for Saturday and Sunday.

    On Saturday they are open from 9 to 12 and then from 14 to 18:15. On Sunday the hours are from 10 to 13. They are closed on Christmas day.

    Unfortunately the site is only in French but I will try to find something for those of you who do not speak French. And here it is in in several languages including English. The info is not as detailed but you will be able to find a lot of useful addresses and ideas.

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