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Honfleur

I thought I’d share a glimpse into our day trip to Honfleur last weekend. Just an hour’s drive from our little apartment in Langrune-sur-Mer, it was a nice easy drive through the always-gorgeous golden french countryside.

Gorgeous little side street off the inner harbour in Honfleur.

Gorgeous little side street off the inner harbour in Honfleur.

We ate a quick lunch in the heart of the town before setting off to explore the inner harbour and the many narrow winding streets. It was ridiculously charming, every corner bringing us to yet another beautiful street lined with quaint shops, boulangeries, chocolateries, cider houses, book stores, boutiques, artist galleries…overload for the senses, really.

Every turn we took, we were delighted by yet another gorgeous charming narrow street lined with amazing shops.

Every turn we took, we were delighted by yet another gorgeous charming narrow street lined with amazing shops.

Hotel, Antiques, Tea salon, and flower boxes.

Hotel, Antiques, Tea salon, and flower boxes.

Yep, another charming street in Honfleur.

Medieval timbered homes in many colours, Honfleur.

Medieval timbered homes in many colours.

We spent some time checking out the inner harbour. Completely surrounded by restaurants and bars, there are umbrellas and tables set up all around, with gorgeous ancient buildings looming up behind them. It is cool to think that this was the place where most French Canadians set off for Canada, ending up in Québec and the Maritime provinces.

Honfleur harbour, complete with a little pop art.

Honfleur harbour, complete with a painted pop art french bulldog.

Thanks Derek for taking a pic of me! I was indeed in Honfleur.

Thanks Derek for taking a pic of me! I was indeed in Honfleur.

Honfleur is also home to France’s largest wooden church, Saint-Catherine’s. It’s clock tower is built separately from the main structure in case lightning struck the tower, it would prevent fire from reaching the main Church. It was pretty cool to see how different it looked inside, while we’ve become accustomed to seeing all the large stone churches in France.

Clock tower, Saint-Catherine's Church, largest wooden church in France.

Clock tower, Saint-Catherine’s Church, largest wooden church in France.

Inside Saint-Catherine's Church in Honfleur. Gorgeous details.

Inside Saint-Catherine’s Church in Honfleur. Gorgeous details.

Just as every French town seems to have, there is a beautiful carousel in the inner harbour in Honfleur. The kiddos begged to go for a ride, even Oli, who at age 10 still seems to maintain the childlike desire to ride the carousel – or maybe it’s just that he doesn’t want to be shortchanged when his sister is riding around and around on a beautifully painted elephant…

The ubiquitous french carousel, at the inner harbour in Honfleur.

The ubiquitous french carousel, at the inner harbour in Honfleur.

He says he only rode it for the old fashioned car, but I think he really just still loves a beautiful carousel.

He says he only rode it for the old fashioned car…

I won’t soon forget our day in Honfleur, and hope that maybe we’ll have the chance to visit again. I was very taken by it’s beauty and charm, and enjoyed our day immensely.

These are the souvenirs they picked from Honfleur. Hmmm...

These are the souvenirs they picked from Honfleur. Hmmm…

We will be back in Normandy again for a long weekend in two weeks’ time, staying in Rouen, and exploring some spots around there before la rentrée (what they call “back-to-school” in France – Sept 1!).

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