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Our base in Normandy is Honfleur, arguably the artistic centre of Normandy. At least, according to the artists who formed l’école de Honfleur: Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind. It’s been said that
if you’ve spent any time in major art galleries, then you’ve already seen Honfleur
Aside from art galleries, there is the Ste Catherine church, the Vieux Bassin old harbour as well as markets. It’d be wonderful if we can catch a returning fishing boat and buy seafood directly from them. We’re staying at an airbnb so we will have our own kitchen.
Day trips planned from Honfleur:
- Côte Fleurie: the stretch of coastline extending from Honfleur, with a dozen seaside towns and beautiful views of the English Channel
- Lisieux: France’s second most important site for pilgrimage, in honour of Sainte-Thérèse. St Teresa’s is my local church (admittedly I don’t go often) so the Basilica will be a place both Mum and I will want to visit. I read that the whole town is a bit like going to the cult of Ste Thérèse, I think the level of devotion and craziness will be similar to what we saw in Assisi over St Francis and St Clare
- Camembert, Pont l’Evêque, Livarot: cheese, cheese, cheese (and cider too)
- Bayeaux: there’s this really famous tapestry there
- Normandy landing beaches: just to see a part of world history, there still bunkers, the remains of Mulberry Harbour and the D-Day Monument at Omaha Beach, not to mention cemeteries
Mont-St-Michel is in Normandy, but closer to our next destination of St Malo in Brittany. We’ll either visit on the way from Honfleur to St Malo, or as part of a day trip there.