HONFLEUR is a charming little picturesque harbor city in Normandy, France. This is a very popular weekend destination and very reachable from most cities near by including Paris and Brussels.Our family absolutely loves this place and looks for ever excuse to take a short trip here. Here is your bucket list when in Honfleur:
1. Vieux Bassin: stroll around this old harbour lined with 16th to 18th century townhouses. Grab a pretty picture or 2 before you settle down in one of the pretty cafe’s along side this harbor to let its beauty sink in over a glass of wine like Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin possibly did man years ago. You can treat your children to some great pancakes on ‘the-go’ here too. Just follow the yum smell.
2. la Lieutenance: This beautiful building is at the mouth of the old harbor.
3. Walk down little streets: The cobbled streets combined with classic architecture dating back many centuries, makes you feel like you are still part of a fairy tale (Dare: I dare you to find the 3 spots in this pictures 🙂 ).
4. Calvados: This city is located in the Calvados region, so donot forget to grab a few bottles of calvados to take home and as gifts (tip: its a perfect ingredient to apple desserts like apply crumble).
5. Eat Seafood: This place is fresh seafood heaven. Oysters are to die for and so is the fresh sea food platter (tip: if you are driving down to this place, and you love seafood – consider bring your coolbox along to take back some great seafood too. Its very reasonably priced here).
(pic: my handsome husband)
6. St. Catherine’s Church: This is one of the largest wooden church’s in France. It was built by shipbuilders in the 15th century. Its bell tower is located separately opposite the church. Buy some buerre sale caramel candy as you stroll down these beautiful streets.
7. Butin Beach: not quiet a beach you can swim in but great for walks and sand castles. My lovely little daughter Emma loves to build sand castles here. You can walk down from the NaturoSpace Butterfly garden or drive right up to the beach (free parking available).
8. Creperies: This part of France is known for its crepes, so do treat yourselves and your family to some wonderful crepes. Our favourite is the savoury seafood crepes at Bistrot a Crepes, Honfleur.
9. Cheese: A popular cheese platter combination from here, are the ones in the picture served with nuts, figs and honey. If you decide to take these home, make sure you seal them well 🙂