Our second trip to France (the last one in 2001) and this time to the Normandy region with four days in Paris at the end. I’ll break the photos into four posts, each one titled with our base of operations for that portion of the trip: Honfleur, Bayeux, Cancale, and Paris. The map shows the location of each with the exception of Cancale, which is between Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo.
October 11: We take off from SeaTac on a direct Delta flight to Paris. Arrive just in time for sunrise over the city.
After renting a car at Charles de Gaulle and spending some time trying to get the GPS to speak English, we head northwest to Honfleur, at the junction of the Seine and the English Channel. Honfleur has been used as a port for at least 1,000 years and was the departure point for Samuel de Champlain in 1608 when he discovered the St Lawrence River and founded Quebec City.
La Petite Folie, a B&B in a building from the 1830’s, was our home for three nights.
Out exploring, we drove over to Deauville, a prestigious seaside resort, home to an annual American film festival, horse races, a large casino, and a lot of very expensive summer homes. Evidently the famous people cleared out before we arrived in mid-October.
All that promenading sure works up an appetite. Luckily, Le Ciro’s was right on the boardwalk and had a table available.
And since one reason to go to France is for the food, and this area is known for its seafood, what better place to start?
Honfleur is an ideal place to walk off some of those calories. Here are some photos from a stroll around town….
After walking around town on cobblestones, it was nice to discover the promenade along the Seine leading to the English Channel and Honfleur’s beach.
France is a very dog-friendly place…
… but evidently it is not appreciated when dogs poop by your front door.
OK, last night in Honfleur and we walked to what turned out to be one of my favorite restaurants, Le Bréard.
I can’t remember the names of all these dishes but this meal will give you an idea of why I enjoy French food so much.
After that wonderful meal, it’s back to La Petite Folie for a good night’s sleep before driving to our next stop.