Presentation of the destination
Honfleur is a small town located on the northern coast of France, in the English Channel, specifically in the cove of Rouen. Honfleur has some 2,300 inhabitants and a relevant past in the history of painting, since the Impressionist movement was forged among its streets when painters Courbet, Monet and Jongkind created the Honfleur school. The origins of Honfleur date back to the year 1027, in a document written by Richard III. During Century XII this locality had great importance since from her departed the merchandise towards England. The climate in Honfleur is a humid ocean with a lot of rainfall throughout the year accompanied by a lot of wind. The winters are not too cold thanks to the proximity of the sea, but the summers are also cool. The time zone in which Honfleur is located is GMT + 1, the currency of use is the euro.
Points of interests / things to see
The bridge of Normandy is one of the main attractions of Honfleur, a bridge built between 1988 and 1995 on the estuary of the Seine with a length of 2,143 kilometers and 215 meters high. The bridge of Normandy, built in concrete and steel with a design by M. Virjoleux, is the longest suspension bridge in the world, an improved version of suspension bridges. This bridge impresses not only by its enormous size and its complex architecture so close to natural landscapes, but because due to its situation it faces each day to strong winds that make its cables vibrate without its stability being endangered. As it could not be otherwise, the lighting of this bridge is also impressive, so it is advisable to make two visits, one during the day and another at night to contemplate the blue and white rhapsody created by Yann KersalÃ © exclusively for the bridge of Normandy consisting of a luminous show in which thousands of lights twinkle extolling the majesty of the construction. From Honfleur, you can easily reach the A29 until the beginning of the bridge. just outside the city.
The chapel Notre Dame de GrÃ ¢ ce is one of the oldest sanctuaries in the region, surrounded by centuries-old trees. Notre Dame de GrÃ ¢ ce was built between the years 1600 and 1615 to replace a previous chapel, built in 1023 by order of Richard II, which was completely destroyed by the collapse of the cliff on which it was located. In the chapel, homage is paid to the personalities that have visited it, engraving their names on marble plates and paintings. Among these personalities are Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis XIII and Samuel De Champlain. But what most attracts the attention of this chapel is the countless number of commemorative plaques that the faithful deposit in it as thanks to the Virgin for having listened to her prayers. As Honfleur is a town of marine origin and closely linked to the sea, there is a special corner for the prayers and thanks of the people of the sea. Every year the Pentecost day is celebrated in the chapel Notre Dame de GrÃ ¢ ce the party of the sailors in which the children parade with scale models of colored boats from the church of Santa Catalina to the chapel. Address: Rue Charriere de GrÃ ¢ ce, Honfleur, France.
The church of Santa Catalina was erected in honor of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, at the main door of the church is the carving of this saint. The church began to be built in the fifteenth century using the same materials that were used in the construction of ships, for this reason the ship has the shape of an inverted boat. It is curious to see how the bell tower of the church is not attached to it, as it was built a little apart to avoid victims in the event of a fire. The second nave of the church was built a century later, as were the two aisles. The vault of the second nave is built in wood and decorated with Gothic arches. The choir of the church was built with poor quality materials during the 19th century. In this century the stained glass windows of the east façade were also added. Finally, the church was completed at the beginning of the 20th century with the construction of a porch with the typical style of the Norman churches. In the interior they emphasize the organ coming from Rouen and the Renaissance balcony decorated with representations of musicians. Address: Rue des Capucins 13, Honfleur, France.
The painter EugÃ¨ne Boudin was one of the creators of impressionism, so linked to Honfleur. This is one of the reasons why a tribute is paid to the artist in this museum. The Eugène Boudin museum was created following the lines of the artist's private correspondence with two of his friends and biographers: Gustave Cahen and G. Jean-Aubry, where Boudin's passion for everyday situations is clear. The museum shows more than 92 of his works along with other relevant artists of Impressionism such as St-SimÃ © on, Courbert, Jongkind and Monet (all of them closely linked to the city of Honfleur). The permanent exhibition of the museum is completed with objects that show the way of life in Normandy during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such as clothing, furniture, paintings and prints. In addition to this large collection, the museum organizes traveling exhibitions in which you can enjoy the work of some artists considered minor but who contributed to the evolution of art during the 19th century. Address: Rue de l'Homme de Bois, Honfleur, France. Timetable: XL 10: 00-13: 00 and 14: 00-18: 00. Price: 6.50 euros. Tel: +33 0231 895400. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.musees-honfleur.fr/musee-eugene-boudin .html
The Casa Satie museum invites us to discover the life and work of the artist Ã ‰ rik Satie, composer and musician of Impressionism and Minimalism, who lived between the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is located in what was the composer's birthplace, a small fisherman's house typical of the town, and the exhibition guides us through it with his compositions as a soundtrack. The rooms combine light, color and music with some objects that belonged to the composer. The staging sometimes borders on the humorous, but all are tricks to get to evoke the true way of being of the artist. The tour is accompanied by headphones that constantly hear the music of Satie and some comments on his work. In the visit to Casa Satie you should not expect a museum to the spindle, with rooms in the that objects are arranged with explanations, to go to Casa Satie you have to be prepared for an audiovisual spectacle without equal in which invites you to feel more than to see. Address: Boulevard Charles V 67, Honfleur, France. Hours: XL 10: 00-18: 00. Phone: +33 231 891111 Website: http://www.musees-honfleur.fr/ maison-satie.html
The Brotonne forest is a natural area with an extension of 7,200 hectares, characterized by being delimited by one of the meanders of the River Seine just before its mouth which has managed to preserve the original flora of this area of France. The forest today has more than 90 species of different plants, among which are oaks, pines and beech trees. The forest also houses two buildings of great interest: the Hauville mill and the La Haye-de-Routot community wood oven. The forest is 55 kilometers away from Honfleur, you can take the tour taking the A131.
At 65 kilometers from Honfleurse you will find the city of Caen, where the visit should begin by visiting the neighborhoods of the old town. The two most remarkable buildings of the city for their spectacularity and elegance, are the Abbey of Men, built in a mixture of Gothic and Romanesque style, and the Abbey of the Ladies, a clear exponent of Romanesque art . The Castle of William the Conqueror today houses the Museum of Fine Arts and the Normandy Museum. The visit should end at the Memorial of Caen, dedicated to peace in memory of the Normandy Landing. From Honfleur you have to take the A13 road.
The beach of Omaha was one of the points where the Normandy landings took place during World War II, a place where the operation was on the verge of failing and caused the death of many soldiers. On this beach there is a monument dedicated to Los Valientes and an American cemetery of 70 hectares, with 9,387 white crosses perfectly aligned in memory of the soldiers buried there. The Omaha beach is 114 kilometers from Honfleur, to get there you should take the A13 to Caen and then the N13 to the beach, the journey takes about an hour and a quarter.
The city of Rouen is known thanks to Victor Hugo as the city of a hundred bell towers and is bathed by the waters of the Seine and three of its tributaries. At the moment all the gothic bell towers are not conserved because many were destroyed during World War II, but some jewels are still conserved like the Abbey of Saint Ouen, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Palace of Justice and the Church of Santa Juana de Arc. Ruan also has the Gustave Flaubert Museum in the room where he was born and the Joan of Arc Museum with manuscripts of the time and a representation of his passage through the city. Ruan is 90 kilometers away from Honfleur, to get there you have to take the A13 road.
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How to get there ?
By plane: the airport closest to Honfleur is the Deauville airport, located 11 kilometers away. It is a small airport in which the only regular line is from London, and also has some specific flights in high season. Something similar happens with the Caen airport. Therefore, the best option to arrive by plane to Honfleur is to fly to Paris. Paris has Charles de Gaulle airport and Orly airport that receive international flights from practically all the major airlines. From Orly you can take the Orly Bus to get to Paris, the journey takes about 25 minutes and the price of the single ticket is 7.50 euros. From Charles de Gaulle you can take the RER train, which takes 30 minutes to the center of Paris, and the single ticket price is 9.75 euros. By road: the A13 and A29 road connect Honfleur with the cities most important near it. By bus: the company Bus Verts is responsible for transport in Honfleurs. To reach large cities like Paris, you will have to travel to Deuville first, the journey takes 35 minutes. The journey to Caen takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. Bus Verts: http://www.busverts.fr/ By train: to get to Paris from Honfleur you have to take the SNCF train in Deuville, the journey takes approximately 2 hours.
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