10 years had been too long
It was our last day on our Normandy road trip, and the whole experience had been fantastic, from beginning to end.
Gary and I were initially going to finish the trip in Alençon, but I was feeling a bit of nostalgia for Honfleur, as it had been ten years since our last visit.
So, we thought what the heck and added an extra day.
We’d often remember the galettes and cider we enjoyed by the harbour side in Honfleur and was looking forward to experiencing it all over again. Well, that’s exactly what we did, checked in and parked up for the day, we strolled down to the harbour.
Don’t get me wrong, we always like to try something new, but on occasions, it’s really enjoyable reliving old memories, and this one didn’t disappoint.
Honfleur’s Vieux Bassin is incredibly picturesque, lined with attractive slate-clad buildings peering down onto the harbour, all from differing heights.
Even with the hustle and bustle that this popular town brings we found a lovely quayside table. Sat down and soaked up the atmosphere, watched the yachts bobbing up and down in the summer sunshine, sometimes life doesn’t get any better.
Fully replenished and with a map in hand, we took to the lanes to rediscover this historical town.
Honfleur is brimming with art galleries, boutiques & restaurants; it’s easy to see why this lovely fishing town is so enchanting.
The Lieutenance which sits at the mouth of the harbour is the only remaining section left from the ancient rampart, as the old harbour was reconstructed to handle the increasing shipping requirements.
What you must visit while in Honfleur is Saint-Catherine’s Church, built entirely of wood by shipwrights. The bell tower was constructed a short distance from the church due to the risk of fire. However, it is quite unusual inside, it feels like a medieval hall, that maybe because it doesn’t have a transept, which is quite rare.
There are some really delightful recreational areas in Honfleur, one in particular that we found was by the traditional open-air wash house which is still fed by hillside springs. You can sit and watch the world go by and sneak in a cheeky ice-cream.
Honfleur has been caught on canvas many times over the years, but its most famous son is the French impressionist Eugène Boudin. There is a museum named after him which house fine arts from various artists including works by Eugène Boudin.
We would return
Honfleur certainly is a lovely town to stroll around day and night, wander amongst its intriguing little lanes and soak up the evening atmosphere around the quay.
I’m pleased we returned to Honfleur, but it has become quite a tourist trap, perhaps it was because we visited mid-July.
Where we stayed
Our accommodation for the one night we were in Honfleur was at the Hotel La Diligence. Its location was great; it was just a short stroll down to the quayside passing by some local shops. The room we had was a bit dated, but comforatable. The parking was on a first come first served basis, but the staff were friendly and everything was spotlessly clean.
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