2018 Honfleur, France

In a day trip from the cottage in Gouttières we visited Honfleur, a commune located in the Calvados department in northwestern France.  Honfleur is known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet.  The Sainte-Catherine church is the largest church made out of wood in France.  It was built by famous “Axe masters” of the naval yards of the city without using any saws, just like their Norman ancestors and like the Vikings before them.  Therefore it is said to look like a ship turned upside down.  The city is indeed beautiful and quaint.  We enjoyed the sweets and ice cream at the local shops.

 

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