The Old Harbor of Honfleur

posted by Sharon October 6, 2019 33 Comments
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Honfleur, a charming French town, sits where the Seine River flows into the English Channel, in the northern part of Normandy. Founded by Vikings in the 800s, Honfleur has served for centuries as a port for trade and travel. At its heyday in the 1600s, Honfleur enjoyed a brisk business with Canada (Eh? This surprised me). Then the city across the Seine, Le Havre, grew and replaced Honfleur as the major port here. As trade fell off, Honfleur attracted artists including Claude Monet and his teacher, Eugene Boudin. Today Honfleur has a working harbor, but its big draw is as a tourist destination. Honfleur proved just as delightful as I expected. Honfleur Normandy France

The Old Harbor

The harbor front is lined with sidewalk cafes. The jumble of bright-colored umbrellas gives the waterfront such a festive look. Honfleur Normandy FranceHonfleur Normandy France

Honfleur Normandy FranceSaint-Catherine’s Church dates to the 15th century. It’s noteworthy that the church was built by the famous “axe masters” of the naval yards of Honfleur without using any saws. This style of construction can be traced back to the Vikings. Honfleur Normandy France

The Historic Quarter

Honfleur not only has a lovely harbor but it also offers winding cobblestone lanes full of homes and shops, some as old as 1000 years. One reason the town is so well preserved is that it was not the focus of destruction in World War II. Its sister city across the water, Le Havre, was the port used by the Germans and then by the Allies. Sadly, Le Havre was 95 percent destroyed in the war, suffering damage from both the Germans and the Allies. Honfleur survived.Honfleur Normandy France

Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France This picturesque port has attracted not only painters like Monet but also musicians. Erik Satie resided here for years. Honfleur Normandy France

If you’re a fan of colorful front doors, Honfleur does not disappoint. Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France

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This one puzzles me. I’m not sure what’s happening here . . . Honfleur Normandy France

You’ll find shops with a variety of treasures. Several places sell local carmels, and they melt in your mouth. I took some home for my office mates and the candy disappeared so fast! Honfleur Normandy France Honfleur Normandy France

 

Honfleur Normandy FrancePlanning Your Visit

You can see the harbor and the old town in a short time, or you can plan to spend the night and amble along the colorful lanes at leisure. We were heading on north, so we arrived in the morning and left before lunchtime. Even if you have limited time and are driving through Normandy, a stop in Honfleur is refreshing. I would love to return and enjoy a dinner on the harbor!

We stayed in Bayeux during our time in Normandy, which I recommend as the perfect base for day trips. Honfleur is about an hour’s drive north of Bayeux. Unless you get lost. We have a talent for getting lost. But it was all good because the countryside of Normandy is lovely, with fields of green and Norman cows and tiny villages. And eventually we found Honfleur!

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How about you? Do you have a favorite harbor city?

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33 Comments

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Jackie October 6, 2019 at 10:15 am

What a gorgeous town. I wish we had visited it when in Normandy.

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William Kendall October 6, 2019 at 11:26 am

What a lovely place!

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Junieper/Jesh October 6, 2019 at 12:34 pm

So much to see here! Am surprised this is Noramandy! It gives me the feeling o a Mediterranean place 9except for the fachwork on some of the walls). You hit all the colorful and interesting points for a travel-post, Sharon, well done! Many thanks for sharing it with your All Seasons buddies. Enjoy Autumn in San Diego:)

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Tamar A Strauss-Benjamin October 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm

So many amazing colors!

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Veronica Lee October 7, 2019 at 6:18 am

WOW! What a charming town! Love, love, love the enchanting photos.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup October 7, 2019 at 6:41 am

What a marvelous place – absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to walk these streets.
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Carol October 7, 2019 at 7:17 am

The old harbor is indeed charming. I love all the architectural details and the doors!

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Mother of 3 October 7, 2019 at 8:51 am

What beautiful architecture. I love those how calm the water is for those wonderful reflections too.

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Cathy Keller October 7, 2019 at 9:48 am

Such a delightful post! Your reflective photos are especially captivating! Thank you!

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Photo Cache October 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm

This place is right up my alley. The architecture is charming. I love the waterfront. Must add to bucket list.

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Fun60 October 7, 2019 at 10:08 pm

It’s beauty is in the detail. Your photos show us how much there is to see in this picturesque town.

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Judee October 8, 2019 at 2:21 am

Magnificent photos and such an interesting harbor! I am especially partial to viewing old doors and windows

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betty - NZ October 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm

This is a wonderfully colorful place! I love all the textures and shapes,

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Allison October 9, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Sharon, your photos are gorgeous as always. They really paint the picture of the town and make me want to visit. #wanderfulwednesday

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Lisa | Handmade in Israel October 9, 2019 at 8:33 pm

How gorgeous! I love the colours of the buildings in the harbour. Would also like to visit the Tissue Paper gallery. #wanderfulwednesday

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Rhonda Albom October 10, 2019 at 1:40 am

Honfleur is a lovely quaint city. I love the brightly coloured half-timbered buildings.

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Margy October 10, 2019 at 8:29 am

It must be fun to moor your boat in such a lively place. We have a boat and our marina is within walking distance from our condo, but it isn’t as quaint as this. – Margy

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Chelsea October 11, 2019 at 7:03 am

Gorgeous photos! Looks like a beautiful town to visit, I am planning my first trip to France soon and would love to add this to the itinerary if time allows !

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Karen October 11, 2019 at 10:40 am

We’ve seen so many posts on Honfleur from our Camper community although we’ve never been. What a quintessential French place this is. I love it and out of season I would definitely now visit. thanks for sharing such wonderfully inspiring pictures. Kx

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Andi October 11, 2019 at 12:09 pm

I have visited Honfleur many times as it is one of my French mother-in-laws favorite weekend spots from Paris, BUT it had been a good 10 years since I had been and I visited again in 2018 and wow! Lots of nice updates – and the RV park addition was pretty cool! Still busy during the summer months, but off-season I do love strolling through this town!

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Amy October 11, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Beautiful pictures! I love all the doors and reflections!

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Catherine Berry (But you are in France, Madame) October 11, 2019 at 1:43 pm

So colourful. That door? I thought initially that the handles were to enable it open just at the top, but they are on the outside, so not at all practical plus the main handle would also obstruct their opening. Still mystified. #farawayfiles

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Peter B. October 11, 2019 at 2:04 pm

This is really a beautiful place, and I really admire your photography. You capture the area perfectly!

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Lisa Dorenfest October 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Wonderful to revisit this charming place through your lens. I sailed here in 2011 but because I was not photographing seriously or blogging at the time, I have little to remember it by. Such a treat to sail it virtually again here today

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Rhonda Albom October 11, 2019 at 6:46 pm

What a quaint town. The Saint-Catherine’s Church sounds lovely. I’ve never heard of the “axe masters” before. It must have been difficult to construct without splitting the wood wrong.

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Bree October 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm

oh how I loved seeing your photos of Honfleur. I used to see the pictures of the harbor on other posts etc and then to my delight in 2017 we actually went there. I fell in love and have fallen head over heels with your post. thank you

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Ann October 11, 2019 at 10:40 pm

What a cute little place, looks like an old town from a childrens book 🙂

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Lauren October 12, 2019 at 10:52 am

What a gorgeous town! I especially have a thing for doors and love all of the photographs.

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Mona October 12, 2019 at 6:43 pm

Love the photos. What an interesting place!

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Josie October 12, 2019 at 10:15 pm

I just love this area of France. I’ve only visited briefly once, and unfortunately did not get to Honfleur, but I am planning to go back and now it is firmly on my list. Thank you for this post.

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Esther October 12, 2019 at 10:27 pm

Wow, this looks like my kinda place! Lovely. I especially adore those harbour side cafés, fantastic places for people watching!
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Karthika October 13, 2019 at 9:57 am

Loved reading about this town. Those seaside cafes and walkways a great place to people watch for sure. And those doors are amazing!

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Corey | Fifi + Hop October 13, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Honfleur looks impossibly charming! Between your post and Clare’s (she’s written about it in the past), I know I would just love it. It seems like the type of place you can do in a day or take your time too, which is nice to know. Lovely photos as always! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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