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Honfleur, Calvados Dept, Sunday 17th February 2013

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Honfleur quaint harbour

Honfleur quaint harbour

 

We have spent a most wonderful day at this very attractive and popular sea-side town of Honfleur in northwest France.  We arrived here shortly after 1 pm following the A16 from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Abbeville, A18 to southwest of Neuchatel-en-Bray and A29, crossing the magnificent and impressive Pont de Normandie.  The Motorhome aire costs €10 a day and it includes electricity and water in the price.  It is within a few minutes walk of the harbour and it commands wonderful views of the Normandy Bridge and surrounding marsh land.

 

Crossing the Pont de Normandie

Crossing the Pont de Normandie

 

We’ve just been for a long walk around the town, its public gardens and quay in the very welcome sunshine and blue skies, which I was so much in need of.

 

Strolling through Honfleur

Strolling through Honfleur

 

The town was heaving with tourists and the café terrazas were full with customers enjoying a drink in the winter sunshine.  We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our gentle stroll around the resort, a favourite amongst painters and affluent Parisians.  It was from here that explorers set sail for the New World and from where the Normans transported their goods back to England.  Samuel de Champlain left here in 1608 on his way to found Quebec City and in 1681 Cavalier de la Salle set off to explore the New World and, finding the mouth of the Mississippi, called the region Louisiana in honour of Louis XIV.

Honfleur Harbour

Honfleur Harbour

 

We loved the harbour and old buildings, as well as the Public Gardens with the Jardin des Personaltiés, where various busts of famous personalities with a connexion to Honfleur are placed within boat-shaped hedges.  We finished our walk with a nice beer in the harbour, sat outside just after 5 pm in the sun and, even though it wasn’t exactly cheap (€8.40 for 2 ½ pints) we felt it was worth every cent.

Le Jardin des personalites

Le Jardin des personalites

 

I just loved this fishing boat with its nets drying in the sun

I just loved this fishing boat with its nets drying in the sun

 

A different view of Honfleur harbour

A different view of Honfleur harbour

 

 

The Motorhome aire at Honfleur with the Normandy Bridge in the background

The Motorhome aire at Honfleur with the Normandy Bridge in the background

 

We had another smashing day in Boulogne-sur-Mer yesterday after doing our usual shopping at Auchan (junction 31 off A16).  We stayed at the motorhome aire on the cliff-top as we did 3 years ago when we first started motorhoming in 2010.  The co-ordinates are Lat 50° 44’ 39” N  Long 1° 35’ 50” E.  It’s good I can quote co-ordinates now, as we bought our new Guide Officiel Aires de Services Camping Car 2013, which for the first time includes this very useful information, even though we already knew about this particular one.  The overnight stop cost €5.25, which we paid to the very friendly gendarme who came at around 9 am on Sunday.

 

The motorhome aire on the clifftop at Boulogne-sur-Mer after sunset

The motorhome aire on the clifftop at Boulogne-sur-Mer after sunset

 

Once again, we set off to explore the sea-front promenade and we were delighted to find a couple of seals playing and splashing about in the sea very close to the shore.  I took a few pictures, despite the fact that it was hard to capture the exact moment when they popped out of the water.  We continued our walk all the way past Nausicaá, http://www.nausicaa.co.uk/ the local aquarium, and round back again to capture the most spectacular sunset, which I was very proud to photograph for posterity.  It was very interesting to see all the freshly caught fish stalls by the harbour, so we must remember this for next time we come.  We had already done our shopping, so we didn’t need it this time.

 

Seal playing in the water

Seal playing in the water

 

Seal waving in the water

Seal waving in the water

 

sea-front houses and restaurants at Boulogne-sur-Mer

sea-front houses and restaurants at Boulogne-sur-Mer

 

Nausicaa, the local aquarium

Nausicaa, the local aquarium

 

I loved all the sea birds gathered on the quay

I loved all the sea birds gathered on the quay

 

A cormorant drying its wings in the setting sun

A cormorant drying its wings in the setting sun

 

Spectacular sunset at Boulogne-sur-Mer

Spectacular sunset at Boulogne-sur-Mer

 

This has to be my best picture ever! Priceless sunset at Boulogne-sur-Mer

This has to be my best picture ever! Priceless sunset at Boulogne-sur-Mer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are heading for the landing beaches tomorrow and might make it as far as Utah Beach if time permits.

 

 

 

Montreuil-sur-Mer, Monday 1st November 2010

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We are now at La Fontaine des Clercs campsite again and it’s warm and dry, unlike the last time we were here and, instead of having a take-away pizza from delivery van, I’m cooking a paella with the remainder of my pork and bacon as probably the ‘last supper’ in the van on this break.

Morning light at Juno

We had a lovely walk this morning on Juno beach with a beautiful diaphanous light that I’d love to capture in a picture if I had the right knowledge and equipment. 

Cosy's Bunker

I took more pictures of ‘Cosy’s Bunker’ from further down the beach as it really showed it tilted and half buried in the sand.  I also took a picture of Canadian double cross and flag as a sign of respect for the brave fallen soldiers all those years ago.

 

Canadian Double Cross and Flag at Juno Beach

We set off in this direction at around 10 am and had a job parking just to buy a baguette in the various little towns on the way.  We finally managed to find a spot in Pont L’évêque, but had to queue behind half a dozen people, and more came behind me.  Maybe it had something to do with being ‘All Saints Day’ bank holiday, as I’d never seen that before.

 

Pont de Normandie

Then we carried on to Pont de Normandie, where we crossed the magnificent bridge over the estuary, overlooking Le Havre on the left and the Natural Reserve of the Seine Estuary on the right: a stunning sight in its autumm colours.  We made good progress on almost empty roads and got here before 2 pm.  We set up, had lunch, siesta, paid the receptionist our standard 18 E, took Bramble for a walk around old city walls (which we all love), had shower and sat down to read and relax and then cook.  We are now waiting for the first paella I’ve ever cooked in my new ‘paellera’.  I look forward to the results.

Autumn Colours at the Seine Estuary

Off to vet tomorrow morning at 8.30 and then Calais, although we are thinking about having a look at Touquet Paris-Plage first, as we don’t want to arrive at Citi Europe too early and I’d rather spend the morning somewhere more scenic and riveting than Carrefour car park.

Le Touquet Paris-Plage