France: Normandy – part III : harbour towns

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Beach cabins in Deauville.
Beach cabins in Deauville

This is the third and final post on Normandy. In the first post, I told you more about gardens in Normandy, in the second post, I took you to the D-day beaches and this third post is about the harbour towns of Deauville, Trouville and Honfleur.

It is possible to visit these 3 towns in just one day as we did, but then you’ll just have time to get an overall feel and do some sightseeing… and you better start quite early !

In the morning we visited Deauville. We strolled around the beautiful streets, admiring the fantastic villas and the beautiful facades in the shopping streets. We walked on the beach and saw the beach cabins with the names of famous actors and actresses. We watched the world go by whilst having morning coffee in Café de Paris at Place de Morny. A bit later, we bought some cheese, bread and fruit on the market for our picnic.

A bit windy on Deauville beach... but I take it in style !
A bit windy on Deauville beach… but I take it in style ! (Don’t you just love my white linen dress from this post !)
Bustling little town !
Bustling little town !

After our picnic, which we took near the harbour, we crossed the ‘Pont des Belges’ and visited Trouville, which is the neighbouring town. This is so different from Deauville, to me it looked more real, more authentic. It has a lot of steep narrow streets. We walked in the town centre up until the Escalier Marguerite Duras, which we descended to go to the beach. A lot of beautiful grand villas from the beginning of the 20th century face the beach. Some of them could do with some renovation here and there, but you can still see the grandeur this town once must have had.

Narrow streets in Trouville.
Narrow streets in Trouville.
Grand villas facing Trouville beach.
Grand villas facing Trouville beach.

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The grandeur of the Belle Epoque is still to be admired in Trouville.
The grandeur of the Belle Epoque is still to be admired in Trouville.

After a stop in one of the many café’s (to have a wine refill…), we headed to Honfleur, a 20 minute drive away. In my tourist guide Honfleur is described as the most beautiful town in Normandy and I think that might be just right ! The many beautifully restored buildings, the harbour and quayside, the narrow streets filled with historical buildings where this painter or that poet used to live,… all is so entrancing and beautiful. We just strolled around the town and soaked up the atmosphere. At the Quai Saint-Etienne, we spent l’heure de l’apéro enjoying some live jazz. After that we could have had diner at the busy Quai Sainte-Cathérine, but we opted for the more tranquil Place Arthur Boudin where we had a lovely meal to conclude our harbour town day. Just a bit more time to take a few pictures of the harbour and ferris wheel and off we went…

View of Honfleur harbour with Quai Sainte-Catherine in the background.
View of Honfleur harbour with Quai Sainte-Catherine in the background.
Charming narrow streets in Honfleur.
Charming narrow streets in Honfleur.

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L'heure de l'apéro... soaking up the atmoshpere in Honfleur whilst listening to some live jazz !
L’heure de l’apéro… soaking up the atmoshpere in Honfleur whilst listening to some live jazz !
Honfleur Harbour
Honfleur Harbour

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So… three different posts on Normandy : gardens, D-day and harbour towns… to each his own ! But there are so many more things to explore in Normandy. Have you already visited this beautiful part of La Douce France ? What sights did you do ? Feel free to share your experiences…

For now I say… au revoir… et à bientôt !

Love, Kathleen

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One thought on “France: Normandy – part III : harbour towns

    cindy said:
    July 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Mooie foto’! Wij hielden vooral van de prachtige stadjes!

    Liked by 1 person

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