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Driving to Honfleur, one of our favorite towns

Sunday, October 2, 2016


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Had breakfast at our hotel and then checked out. Ed went to retrieve the car and I waited in front of the hotel with the luggage. This worked well until it started to rain. Fortunately, there was a small awning and the rain was light. We loaded the car, set the GPS for our hotel in Honfleur and left Fougères. We were very impressed with their castle, their hospitality and the very picturesque town.

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Crossing from Brittany into Normandy

Crossing from Brittany into Normandy

Long, beautiful drive through Brittany into Normandy where we zipped past Avranches, Villedieu-les-Poêles and Caen to Honfleur. Our GPS took us through a parking lot but did get us to the hotel. We found the last parking place in a town overrun with tourists and paid the meter for an hour, walked to the hotel but were too early to check in although the kind lady at the desk gave us the parking remote and directions to hotel parking so we walked back, got our luggage, put it in the hotel storage room and then moved the car to hotel parking. This involved a rather long uphill drive through very narrow streets but was easy enough to find. The remote worked and we cheerfully parked the car and left it for the time we were in Honfleur.

Driving from Fougères to Honfleur on the A84

Driving from Fougères to Honfleur on the A84

Roundabout in Troarn

Roundabout in Troarn

Typical Norman house near Cresseveuille on the A13

Typical Norman house near Cresseveuille on the A13

Typical Norman house in Danestal

Typical Norman house in Danestal

The Pont de Normandie to Le Havre

The Pont de Normandie to Le Havre

Carnival set up on the Honfleur Harbor

Carnival set up on the Honfleur Harbor

Harbor scene in Honfleur

Harbor scene in Honfleur

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Hiking back into town, we passed a restaurant with a good menu so we went in and got a nice table by the window where we could watch everyone walk past.

Despite the name Auberge du Vieux Clocher, the restaurant decor is based on cameras and they are displayed everywhere as are some wonderful photographs. Ed ordered the salmon and I got the quail and both were excellent. I started with a hot goat cheese salad but Ed skipped the starter although he did taste the amuse bouche of toasts with onion dip. He got crème brûlée for dessert and I got the Norman specialty of rice pudding, both excellent. Good lunch! [Auberge du Vieux Clocher, 9 Rue de l'Homme de Bois, 14600 Honfleur; tel: +33 (0)2 3189-1206; Auberge du Vieux Clocher web site]

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The Boudin Museum in Honfleur

The Boudin Museum in Honfleur


We walked up to the Musée Eugène Boudin, paid and entered. Many of the paintings are in San Francisco right now so they had a special exhibit of pre and post Impressionists and Impressionists that was very nice. Of course no photos were allowed since it was a temporary exhibit. Sigh . . . [Musée Eugène Boudin, Rue de l'Homme de Bois - Place Erik Satie, 14600 Honfleur; tel: +33 (0)2 3189-5400; Musée Eugène Boudin web site]

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Hotel Cheval Blanc (Best Western)

Hotel Cheval Blanc (Best Western)


We walked back down and checked into our hotel and have a view of both the harbor and the Pont de Normandie. Great view and the room is quite nice. The fact that it was right on the harbor sold me on it. I can't believe it is so reasonable in such a great location. You really don't need a car here at all. Their private parking was another selling point . . . [Best Western Cheval Blanc, 2 Quai des Passagers, 14600 Honfleur; tel: +33 (0)2 3181-6500; web site: Cheval Blanc web site or Cheval Blanc through Booking.com]

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Evening on Honfleur Harbor

Evening on Honfleur Harbor


I transferred photos and wrote my journal while Ed took a short nap. I woke him about 6:30 and we left for a walk around town. We circled the harbor, went up the street toward St. Catherine and explored the back streets. We ended up on the harbor and I had a glass of wine and Ed a hot chocolate. We sat by a heater and it was cool enough that we appreciated it. It is starting to feel like October.

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Evening on Honfleur Harbor

Evening on Honfleur Harbor

Boutique lit at night in Honfleur

Boutique lit at night in Honfleur

Le Crystal Restaurant lit up at night

Le Crystal Restaurant lit up at night

Posted by Beausoleil 09:19 Archived in France Tagged honfleur boudin

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Lovely. I have always wanted to visit Honfleur. Your pictures reinforce this desire.

by ADAMYAMEY

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