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River Seine Scenery in Honfleur

by Véronique and Mike

5 June 2014 • We are already home, back in rainy Belgium. Two days before writing this post we were in Honfleur, the last port of call before disembarkation. 

We both visited Honfleur before. It is a picturesque town and as a result, to say the least, touristic. As always, Mike wanted to take the perfect picture of the ship-in-the-landscape, which matches perfectly with my desire to avoid the crowds. Up we went direction Côte Grace and the chapel Notre-Dame de Grace. This nice walk leads you passed some impressive houses in the typical Normandy style. From the top you have a good view on the town below, and the River Seine and its mighty “Pont de Normandie” bridge.

The Pont de Normandie. In front the veteran cruise ship DISCOVERY.Notre-Dame de GraceMaritime devotion

For a moment it looked like war was about to break out, as a fully armed legion of soldiers descended from an army truck. Luckily they were just there to enjoy lunch and the view. 

SoldiersA Gypsy camp under the shadow of the church trees

We stopped at a cosy coffee house, Travel’s Coffee Shop for uh well coffee and cake. It was fun to see the owner with his typical French flair at work. Also it is situated on a quiet square, away from the busy touristic heart of the city. 

After that we walked back to the ship. We had a meeting with EUROPA’s 2 Executive Chef, for whom we gladly shortened our time ashore. More about this meeting in a later post.

EUROPA 2's executive chef Martin Ohlemann in the main galley

And then, time to cast off. 

Le Havre in a distanceMike, as usual ready for the pilotBye bye France