I was very happy when I worked out that we would be able to squeeze in a short visit to the Palace of Versailles on our drive from Vezelay to Honfleur.  We had a grizzly, teething toddler and were ourselves the kind of hungry that puts you in a mood where everything seems like a challenge – so we opted not to do the Palace or Garden tour.  But I’m glad we stopped in, as it was a sort-of preview for the day we {hopefully} return and make the time to take a tour of the Palace and the grounds.  Opulence at its finest.

Before too long, we were back en route to Honfleur, Normandy.  We drove into the town, a tiny sea port in the North of France which is centred around a beautiful harbour.  With its tall, slate tiled buildings housed on three sides – and the gilded carousel shimmering in the afternoon light – it was a sight to behold.  After getting lost and having to ask some {very friendly} local teens for directions and a slight miscommunication with our accommodation regarding our check in time, we were very pleased to arrive at Armonui’s Cottage – a warm and cosy and very well appointed apartment in the centre of town and with a great English speaking host who lived in the apartment upstairs and was able to answer any number of questions about local history, restaurants and attractions.  Very handy indeed.   We loved wandering around the cobblestone streets, peering into brocante stores and seeing their wares.  We visited the church, The Church of Saint Catherine, built by the sailors who returned from sea, which resulted in a ceiling that resembles that of an upturned ship hull.  Quite spectacular.  There were art and clothing boutiques and seafood restaurants that seemed to be hidden in every winding street.  An enchanting town to explore and one of the surprise highlights of the trip.

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3 Comments on Travel Series: Honfleur, Normandy

  1. Haidi
    August 6, 2013 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm (4 years ago)

    This has been my favourite from your travel series so far Jess! WOW – such a gorgeous place!

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  2. Gail lewis
    August 6, 2013 9:32 pm at 9:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Just beautiful Jess, adding this destination to my “places to visit” list.

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