Talk to anyone that has visited this town and they all say the same thing… they loved it and would go back again in a heartbeat. When I Googled to see what the translation of the town’s name would mean instead I found a definition of the town on Wikipedia:
It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Claude Monet, Eugene Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Johan Jongkind.
Now I am not going to try to pretend that I know a lot about art, I love looking at it but I don’t know one from another, except for Monet.
All I can say though is I can see what the draw would be for an artist. The harbor with all its boats, the cafes lining the harbor with its bright colors and all the many shops lining the narrow streets. And as you can see, Ilyse loved all the shops! She finished up her souvenir shopping for all her friends! We also visited it’s church St. Stephen’s which is built entirely of wood and when you enter and look up to the ceiling it reminds you of the hull of a ship.
For our lunch we chose one of the cafes on the harbor because another draw of Honfleur is its seafood. Here you can find every type of seafood imaginable and ordered what I call their Complete Menu but I am sure that it has a more formal name than that.
What it is is you pick one option from their listed appetizers, main course and then dessert and you get it at a set price. We paid 13.90 each and had a ton of food for lunch. I ordered snails, mussels and chocolate mousse. Ilyse did the same except she said no to the snails and had something called fried cheese… which she said she didn’t know what kind of cheese it was but it tasted wonderful!