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Honfleur continued . . .

Monday, October 3, 2016


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Hotel breakfast this morning but it was fine and we were by a window overlooking the harbor so watched the morning fog lift to a beautiful day. I checked Virtual Tourist and e-mail and and had a message from someone asking if I had any good photos of Orchestre Philharmonique de Ste. Trinité (OPST) for a book their daughter is writing. Rudy gave her my name and e-mail. I never took any photos of the entire orchestra because I was always playing; therefore, I was sitting in the back of the orchestra which is not a great place to take photos. I referred her to several people who should be able to help, but I’m not sure if she’ll find “high resolution” photos from the 1970s. Cameras weren’t as good then, especially not the kind volunteers could afford.

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We took off on foot for the Satie Museum with me snapping pictures and both of us trying to avoid huge tour groups. These are bus loads of people! Ed stopped at the pharmacie and got cough medicine and we wound our way to the Musée Satie to discover it doesn’t open until eleven o’clock. Sigh . . .

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The Old Lighthouse of Honfleur

The Old Lighthouse of Honfleur


Walked back to explore the town where we found the Old Lighthouse, fountains and Naturospace Honfleur with butterflies and plants. There’s a path beside Naturospace to a walk along the Seine, and further on was Le Jardin des Personnalités, a beautiful garden with an outdoor fitness center along with the statues, walks, trees and flowers. What a unique idea. We also watched fishing boats going out and found what looked like a marine control tower for the port. Le Jardin des Personnalités web site

Quai-side Garden in Honfleur, Le Jardin des Personnalities

Quai-side Garden in Honfleur, Le Jardin des Personnalities

Honfleur Harbor from the Carousel

Honfleur Harbor from the Carousel

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Carousel at Honfleur Harbor

Carousel at Honfleur Harbor


We worked our way back to the main harbor past our hotel and crossed to the other side of the harbor sightseeing our way to the local tourist office where we got a map of the town . . . a pretty bad map of only tourist attractions . . . but a little help. On the way, we checked restaurants and continued to do so as we wandered the town. We passed one of my favorite restaurants to look at although we've never eaten there. It is Le Chat qui Pêche which seems like a normal thing for a cat to do and the restaurant is very colorful. You have to keep looking up because many of the buildings have beautifully painted carvings up near the roof. I've taken photos in this area that I've painted and was looking for more. No problem finding things to paint in Honfleur . . .

Painted Carving near the roof of l'Absinthe Hôtel in Honfleur

Painted Carving near the roof of l'Absinthe Hôtel in Honfleur

Le Chat qui Pêche Restaurant

Le Chat qui Pêche Restaurant

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Lutetia Restaurant and Brasserie in Honfleur

Lutetia Restaurant and Brasserie in Honfleur

As noon approached, we decided on a restaurant nearly across from the Tourist Office so wandered slowly back in that direction. We found the Lutetia and it was chilly enough we decided to eat inside. There were a few special menus and we decided the 18 euro was our favorite. We started with a terrific salade Normande with chicken, apples, walnuts and cheese in it. Wow! We had the confit de canard with sauteed potatoes and greens and it was melt-in-your-mouth. Finished with ice cream that was perfect since we were stuffed. While we ate, a young American couple (baseball cap!) Came in and were seated. They were on their phones as they entered and never put them down. When the waitress asked for their choice, they each ordered a beer. The waitress brought the beers, gave them more time and asked what they wanted to eat. They seemed to speak no French but the waitress had a little English and finally figured out they weren’t going to eat. Oops! She very politely explained they needed to move to a table not set for dinner and helped them move. Through all this, he kept his baseball cap on and both kept phones in hand. Strange people but the waitress was very nice to them. [Lutetia Restaurant & Brasserie, 23 Place de la Porte de Rouen 14600 Honfleur; tel: +33 (0)2 3189-1352; Lutetia Restaurant & Brasserie web site]

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Honfleur Harbor

Honfleur Harbor

We walked back across town to the Satie museum and there was no one at the ticket counter. We had to “allo” a few times to get our tickets, but did get them and ear phones in English. You go from exhibit to exhibit and the ear phones work automatically. Finally, there is a piano lesson (player piano) and you are done with the ear phones. You go through a couple more exhibits and one is a merry-go-round of sorts where you sit on something like a basketball and pedal a couple bicycle pedals in recumbent style that makes the machine go round and plays music. I think this was an Erik Satie invention. There were two American women going through with us so the four of us hopped on and pedaled around a few times laughing and playing the crazy music, Satie’s piece "Le Picadilly." Such excitement! Next there was a movie and when it ended, I looked around and Ed had disappeared. I looked inside and out and asked the ticket lady if she’d seen him . . . no Ed. Finally checked outside again and spotted him out front. He’d started coughing in the movie so had left to avoid bothering anyone. [Erik Satie Museum, 14600 Honfleur; tel: +33 (0)2 3189-1111; Erik Satie Museum web site]

Half-timbered house in Honfleur

Half-timbered house in Honfleur

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La Maison du Caramel in Honfleur

La Maison du Caramel in Honfleur

We walked back to the center of town and visited quite a few art galleries which was fun. We visited Eglise Sainte-Catherine, the marvelous wood church in Honfleur. Wilting a little, we stopped on the harbor for hot chocolate and limonade, watching ducks grabbing baguette crumbs. There was also a girl on roller blades feeding sparrows who would eat from her hand. Fun.

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Eglise Sainte-Catherine, Honfleur

Eglise Sainte-Catherine, Honfleur

Eglise Sainte-Catherine, Honfleur

Eglise Sainte-Catherine, Honfleur

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Eglise Sainte-Catherine

Eglise Sainte-Catherine

A feathered friend on the Honfleur harbor

A feathered friend on the Honfleur harbor

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Tall Ship in Honfleur for a visit

Tall Ship in Honfleur for a visit


Gave up for the day and walked around the harbor and back to our hotel. I did find a soap for Carol Lynn although I got it at L’Occitane which we have at home but it was made in Marseille and it was verveine and we did buy it in France. We walked just past the hotel to get photos of a gorgeous two-masted schooner that appeared in the harbor around noon. It’s gorgeous . . . one of the old-fashioned tall ships.

Posted by Beausoleil 10:16 Archived in France Tagged ships honfleur harbors satie

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