Honfleur

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About Honfleur
Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department in north-western France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from Le Havre.

The oldest part of Honfleur is centred on Vieux Bassin, the harbour. Here you will find pavement cafes and old shipbuilders' houses.

On Rue de La Ville, there are two stone buildings constructed to store salt used by local sailors for cod fishing in Newfoundland. Most of the stone used came from a fort dating back to the 1500's which protected the town. Today the buildings are used for exhibitions, meetings and concerts.

The daily catch, including shrimp, oysters, cod and sole is sold on the landing at the harbour.

Museums here include the Musee de la Marine, which is in a 14th century church at the harbour, next to this is the Musee d'Ethnographie and the Musee Eugene Boudin, named after Honfleur's best-known painter. Hours are variable so check in advance.

Sainte-Catherine's Church, dates back to the 15th century. It was built by shipbuilders and the vaulted roof resembles the hull of a ship. It is the largest wooden church in France.

Guided cruises of the estuary and nearby villages can be taken from June to October. See the Normandy bridge, which was built in 1995 and links Honfleur to the ocean port of Le Havre.

Popular local buys include butterscotch made from Normandy butter, mackerel pate, cider (cidre), Calvados (apple brandy) and blue and white striped shirts made popular by French sailors.

Note: a few of the public toilets in town are a porcelain hole in the floor with footpads variety. The Tourist Office does have nicer facilities. Many of the public toilets cost a small fee to use.

Oysters (huitres) are a local speciality. The region is also known for its cheeses. Fresh fish and seafood, frogs legs, steak and lamb dishes are also available as well as local restaurant signature dishes.
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River cruise ships usually dock at a quay adjoining the old harbour in the centre of town. Occasionally ships may have to dock at a commercial pier some distance away.

Shops, museums, restaurants and cafes are all within a couple of blocks of the dock. The Tourist Office is nearby.

Honfleur is very walkable, however there is a taxi stand next to the library, attached to the Tourist Office.

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