Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Honfleur, Normandy France

Two years ago, Stelios and I flew to Paris and rented a car for a road trip around France. France is one of those countries that dreams are made of. Impressive architecture, magnificent counrtyside, some of the best food and wine, beautiful people, and lots of history. And did I mention the food and wine?

After a few days in Paris we drove north to the coastal town of Honfleur. Honfleur is a Commune in the Calvados Department in northwestern France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. Its inhabitants are called Honfleurais.
It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular, Claude Monet, forming the √©cole de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement. The Sainte-Catherine church, which has a bell tower separate from the principal building, is the largest church made out of wood in France.

Our room at La Petite Folie
 Breakfast at La Petite Folie

We stayed at a lovely B&B, La Petit Folie, owned by an American! The B&B was something out of a fairy tale with it's beautifully restored old interiors, and it's perfectly manicured grounds.
 The Petite Folie grounds
 French Yogurt. Magnifique!

The highlight was a seafood dinner with one of those towers of shellfish, a chilled white, a bouillabaisse, champagne aperitifs, and, of course, dessert. It was all served outside on a beautiful evening in this magical town.
 The seafood tower!


  The wine
 Le petit!

If you're ever in France take an excursion to Honfleur.You'll be enchanted!