Honfleur is in northern France’s Normandy region on an estuary where the Siene River meets the English Channel. The old harbour – Le Vieux Bassin – is lined with 6th to 18th century townhouses. It was from here that explorers once set sail for the new world.

We arrived following the commands of our GPS and found ourselves in the middle of barricaded streets and had to back track up the smallest lanes we have ever experienced. A bit scary but arrived at our destination, a lovely little B and B at the top of the town, we were in one piece without any cross words!

We got up at sunrise the first morning to take some lovely photos and to enjoy to quiet before the town woke up. A very different experience from when we arrived, which was in the middle of a huge crowd of people with tiny lanes blocked off as there was a festival of musicians and artists.

Honfleur so far is my favourite place…tiny cobbled lanes with beautiful old wooden and stone buildings, so many studios and artist workshops and a beautiful harbour and places to explore.

In the middle of town is an amazing wooden church called Saint Catherine, with a completely separate bell tower. It was built entirely out of wood by the local ship builders…interesting to look at the ship shaped roofing inside the cathedral.

So much history and so much to see we could have stayed here for weeks. We visited the Musée Eugene Boudin, an early impressionist painter born here…sampled the local seafood and the three types of apple cider; Rose, Demi Sec, and Brut.

I soaked in all the artworks and sculptures and sadly said goodbye to our lovely AirBnB hostess and went on our way to our next stop Bayeux.