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 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.
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).