Honfleur, Normandy region, France

The picturesque harbor, Vieux Bassin (old basin, or old harbor), in Honfleur, Normandy region, France

The picturesque harbor, Vieux Bassin (old basin, or old harbor), in Honfleur, Normandy region, France

 

Honfleur, France, on the Normandy Coast (population 8,000), welcomes seafaring visitors into a picturesque harbor with a waterfront that has been immortalized by such Impressionist painters as Claude Monet and Gustave Coubet.  The artfully captured the narrow, slate-roofed buildings, which stand pressed against each other, following the harbor outline.

 

The colorful, narrow houses along the Vieux Bassin (old basin, or old harbor), in Honfleur, Normandy region, France, have been immortalized by such Impressionist painters as Claude Monet and Gustave Coubet

The colorful, narrow houses along the Vieux Bassin (old basin, or old harbor), in Honfleur, Normandy region, France, have been immortalized by such Impressionist painters as Claude Monet and Gustave Coubet

 

The Vieux Bassin (old basin, or old harbor) is the historical neighborhood where wealthy Honfleur families built their homes overlooking the vessels in the harbor.  It is now home to yachts, gourmet shops with famed local products such as Calvados liquor and nougat, and restaurants with terraces that allow diners to take in every bit of the picturesque view.

 

Many of the city’s oldest buildings for homes and businesses are built in the Normandy half-timbered style, Honfleur, Normandy region, France

Many of the city’s oldest buildings for homes and businesses are built in the Normandy half-timbered style, Honfleur, Normandy region, France

 

Our upcoming blog posts will highlight our travels around Normandy from Honfleur.  The town is the perfect base for explorations of Rouen (and its magnificent Cathedral), Bayeux and the famed 70 meter (230 feet) Bayeux tapestry, the Normandy D-Day beaches (Omaha, Utah, Sword, etc.), and the fantastic Caen Memorial (a museum re: World War II and the Normandy invasion by the Allied Expeditionary Forces).

 

Closeup detail of a business “nameplate” on the façade of a half-timbered style building in the old town of Honfleur, Normandy region, France

Closeup detail of a business “nameplate” on the façade of a half-timbered style building in the old town of Honfleur, Normandy region, France

 

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