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Sep 18, 2016 - Normandy

September 17-18 Normandy Saturday morning and time to move on from my nice nest. I packed up and made a quick trip to the ATM, since the owners preferred cash payment. Then it was off to St Malo to explore the old city walls. More defenses against the attackers! It was also a home base for the ‘corsairs’, the state sanctioned pirates, who became quite wealthy. (Of course the British had privateers.) The city walls are over a mile around. I covered about ¼ of it, enjoying magnificent views of the sea. There are small neighboring islands also...

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France Road Trip Two

Jul 29, 2016 - Hornfleur

Today was a much easier day as yesterday was very long and a bit draining emotionally. The ship moved in the middle of the night to the medieval town of Honfleur (circa 1027)which is a delightful picturesque town on the river Seine. It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, which has houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, who formed the Honfleur of school of art which contributed to the appearance of...

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Jun 28, 2015 - Honfleur - Day 35

Today's drive to Honfleur ( 176 Km's ) is the second major change to our original itinerary. The first was the cancellation of our third day in Rennes for a night in Brix to visit the seaside village of Barfleur. There must be something about these country chateau's as we awoke again to absolute stillness with only a few chickens crowing and the infrequent chiming of the town's church bells. The sky was also clear, heading for a "hot one" at 22 degrees C. We had breakfast alone at 0830hrs as being a Sunday, the other four guests were...

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Nov 5, 2013 - Sister time

Honfleur I picked my sister Mary up at the airport in Brussels on Monday, she’s visiting me for ten days to tour the Normandy coast and I'm thrilled to see her, and to have some sister time. Plus, I finally have someone that is as much of a WWII nerd as I am, and we’re excited to begin our journey. I don’t care what we do, as long as we are together for a while, but we start off right away for Dunkirk, then on to Calais for the night. Dunkirk is very near Calais, the site of the miraculous evacuation to England of over 338,000 Allies,...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Honfleur and ferry back to England

Yesterday we left Versailles just after 11am and drove north-west to Honfleur to Camping Domaine Catinière (N 49° 24' 03" E 0° 18' 23"), paying three motorway tolls on the way totalling €15.40. This is another nice campsite, with good facilities, a pool, and huge flat grassy pitches, and just a half-hour from the ferry at Le Havre, for €21 per night. After dinner we sat outside and had a drink with Trevor and June from the next pitch, an English couple who were just starting their holiday in France. This morning we left just after 9am and...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Thursday 13/9 - Honfleur to Bayeux

The drive from Honfleur to Bayeux is about one hour, however we opt to drive along the coast which takes a bit longer. Through little towns with winding roads the drive is beautiful. We arrive at Hotel Tardif Guesthouse about 3:00. We check in and meet Anthony, our host, who was born in the hospital across the street, and we think never left this little town of about 13,000 and losing people due to no jobs Those who have an "important" degree leave for Paris or London. Those that have a "basic" degree work in tourism or hospital or a...

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Apr 13, 2012 - Honfleur

Enjoyed the beautiful town of honfleur, which some of you will know as you have been there before. Stopped at the supermarket in an attempt to buy another jumper. Its cold and wet so we have decided to travel further south. Spain is our destination stopping off at Bayoux on the way

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Aug 1, 2011 - Honfleur, France

Honfleur, France This was a visit to “the scene of the crime”! We were here a number of years ago (more than 10). It’s the only place in all of our travels where we got lost from each other… there are still discussions about how it happened/ whose fault it was… First, Honfleur is one of the most picturesque places we’ve been, and it was just the same as it was when we visited before! As you can see from the photos Honfleur is situated on a beautiful little harbor with outdoor cafes lining the water. It’s a place to set and watch time go...

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Sep 27, 2010 - Honfleur

We spend the morning in Rouen taking our time, finally getting in the rhythm and stride of traveling. We do brief exploration in the old city (by the way, 80% of the city was flattened in WWII and was rebuilt – The terrible cost of war is more real in Europe, than in North America where it was something that happened “over there”). We find an exquisite little coffee bar (they also serve beer and espresso) – the décor is a blend of French and Italian – we feel on top of things since we learned yesterday how to ask for a refill (funny how you...

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Jun 4, 2009 - Honfleur

Thurs 4th June---Weather:-Sunny/23degrees Mt-St-Michel to Honfleur (188km) (2:00h) As we were leaving Mont-St-Michel this morning we found the main gate blocked as there was a medal presentation going on just outside of it. On 6th June this year it is the 65th anniversary of D-Day; when the Allies landed on the shores of Normandy and so started the liberation of Europe. It was very moving to see the old soldiers from different Nations accept medals on behalf of their men and it brings back thoughts of what people have lived through; on...

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Jul 9, 2008 - The time flies by ...

Hi Everyone, and thank you for the emails - its great to know that you are still out there!!! Andys sister Alison and her partner Clive joined us on Sunday, bringing some very dodgy weather - although it has not stopped us jumping firmly into the tourist mode and seeing a few things!!! We had a lovely day in Bayeaux, viewing the tapestry and checking out the shops. We also ventured to Arromanches, continuing our D Day pilgrimage, and saw the mulberry harbour cretzd there during Operation Overlord. Yesterday, we discovered the harbour town...

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Aug 7, 2007 - Honfleur

August 7 (Tuesday) Started the morning with a 30 minute bus ride to the harbor town of Honfleur. It was founded around the 8th century and soon was conquered by the Vikings - hence the name. "Fleur" means fiord in Viking-speak (I guess that would be Norse) and "Hon" was a leader of the Vikings. We are still in Normandy - actually we haven't left port yet. Normandy was its own country for about 300 years and the Normans conquered Britain (you remember William the Conqueror - 1066 and all that). Britain later returned the favor and France...

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