|Honfleur's Vieux Basin|
Much of our visit to Normandy has been about history. We have walked in the footsteps of William the Conqueror and in those of the courageous soldiers who landed here on D-Day. But this sunny spring day isn't about history. Instead we taking some time out to visit the beautiful port of Honfleur.
|View of Pont de Normandie from Honfleur. With a central span of 856 meters, |
this is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Europe.
Nestled in the Seine estuary valley along France's Côte Fleurie (Flowery Coast), Honfleur's history is inexorably linked with fishing, maritime trade, tourism and with painting. The light here inspired painters Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Johan Jongking and Claude Monet to form the école de Honfleur, an important precursor to Impressionism.
|Sign in Honfleur|
|Flags flying in Honfleur|
|Whimsical window in Honfleur|
|Honfleur's Maritime Museum|
|Rue de la Prison in Honfleur|
|Église Sainte-Catherine in Honfleur, along with its separate bell tower, |
is France's largest wooden church.
|Interior Église Sainte-Catherine in Honfleur|
|A house along Charrière de Grâce in Honfleur|
|Notre-Dame de Grâce in Honfleur was founded by Richard II |
and is one of the region's oldest sanctuary chapels.
|Bells at Chapelle Notre-Dame de Grâce in Honfleur|
|Stained-glass window inside Chapelle Notre-Dame |
de Grâce in Honfleur
|Outside chapel at Notre-Dame de Grâce in Honfleur|
|Architectural detail on the outdoor chapel at|
Chapelle Notre-Dame de Grâce in Honfleur
|Mossy rooftop on a house along Mont-Joli in Honfleur|
In recent years, Honfleur has particularly focused on being an environmental leader. A plant and wildlife conservation area has been created along the city's sea walls and beaches, and the largest tropical butterfly house in France is here. The city also has its share of beautiful parks, and everything seems to be in bloom on the day of our visit.
|Jardin Retrouvé in Honfleur|
|Flower-covered gazebo in Honfleur|