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Honfleur Travel Guide: 132 reviews and 453 photos

An artist's dream

You probably can't go wrong visiting the places that were favorites of Monet and the Impressionists. Honfleur was such a popular locationl that there was even a school of painting named for it. It is really a postcard waiting to happen with its lovely basin full of boats and surrounded by high, skinny and colorful houses, seemingly with a restaurant in the front of each one. No wonder the early and pre-impressionists came to paint them many times over and that has not stopped. You will see artists at work today trying to capture the color and light.

Historic port

Its beauty is not its only claim to fame however. For centuries Honfleur was a major port, sitting in the ideal convergence of the Seine and the English Channel. It was from here that Champlain sailed in 1608 on his way to discovering the St. Lawrence Waterway. It was also a base for Newfoundland fishermen. As salt was a valuable commodity in preserving the fish, it was highly priced and taxed and there are two old "greniers a sel" or warehouses which could store 10,000 tons of salt. They have been preserved and now are venues for concerts, exhibitions, etc.

Festival activities

We were fortunate in that the weekend we were there was the annual "Fete de la Crevette et de la Peche" or festival of shrimp and fish. This is still an active fishing port and they celebrated the weekend with food vendors selling the fresh seafood, concerts, parades of ships from the basin and a magnificent fireworks display which was wonderful and enhanced by being done beside the water so you got reflections of the show as well.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small but rich in beauty
  • Cons:Lots of tourists
  • In a nutshell:An idyllic village
  • Last visit to Honfleur: Oct 2007
  • Intro Written Nov 20, 2007
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  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Nice pages on a sentimental favorite, I go there often, we lay to rest my mom in the ocean there and we will follow there.Your writings is very nice.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Looks a nice place to visit Rex. Would it be possible to visit for day trip, or too much time on the train?

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    This looks like a pretty town. The bridge is impressive!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    The stairs going to the tower is a great picture, along with the others, of course. You did a nice job of describing the town.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    Great info on Honfleur Rex. Hans and I had the pleasure of visiting this charming and picturesque town many years ago. We loved it there & looks like you did too. Also "Happy 6th VT Anniversary". xxx Lori

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Alluring presentation. Excellent introduction and 5-star restaurant tips. Your photographs are colorful, compelling, and enticing. Engaging text with lots of even-handed information. Bravo!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    It's too long since we savoured Honfleur - thanks for your tips, we will go back!

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2007 at 7:21 PM

    Nice pics, good start on your Honfleur. Karl

  • nhcram's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    What beautiful pictures and a really good write up on a a very pretty place.

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