Honfleur

 

Today was a rest day.  We spent the entire day looking around Honfleur and enjoying the town by foot.  Today was also market day and the streets were filled with vendors of all types – vegetables, meat, seafood, flowers, cheese, and other merchandise as well.  We spent the morning walking through the various stands and examining the goods.  Here’s a small selection:

 

Local oysters

 

Beautiful leeks

 

Radishes

 

Lots of strawberries

 

Vegetable stands

 

Mussels – these are much smaller than most I’ve seen

 

Bread – the French definitely eat a lot of bread

 

Sausages

 

Small goat – not sure whether he was for sale or not

 

I also took some more pictures of the harbor this morning…. this time without many of the boats there.  Although it looked as though it were going to rain all morning, it didn’t and I think the light was good.  What do you think?

 

Honfleur harbor

 

Honfleur harbor

 

Passers by

 

Passers by

 

House of Samuel Champlain who founded Quebec in Canada – interesting, huh?

 

More passers by

 

Enough passers by

 

 

Love the reflection on the water – Monet would have approved

 

We had lunch in town…. very simple, I had oysters to start with mussels and french fries and Rich had entrecôte steak with fries.  We sat next to a British family that was vacationing in the area – mom and dad with two kids from London, his mother from Scotland and his great uncle from Australia.  Turned out that his great uncle comes here all the time because he was part of the unit that liberated the first bridge – Pegasus Bridge – during the D Day invasion.  It was fascinating to hear that.  He’s always welcomed as a hero when he visits – it was great.

 

It started to rain so we walked back to the hotel.  As it turned out, it would rain the rest of the day without much let up.  Not too much of a problem today because we were intending to rest today anyway.

 

We had one of our last gourmet meals tonight at the hotel restaurant.  It was great.  I, of course, took a few pictures of the food and the restaurant itself:

 

A little starter with champagne before entering the main restaurant

 

Enjoying the champagne before dinner

 

Enjoying the champagne before dinner

 

A view of the restaurant

 

Amuse bouche of lobster

 

Parmesan gnocchi with an egg yolk

 

Rich’s starter of lobster…. and a lot it was

 

We both had the St. Pierre – John Dory with vegetables

 

Gianduja dessert – chocolate with hazelnut

 

Framboise with chocolate

 

We leave tomorrow morning for Maastricht in the Netherlands.  We’ll back to France in another week or so.  Our journey continues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response

  1. Bill R

    I like taking picture under cloud conditions. I think the contrast is softer and the colors more normal. Oh, and by the way I liked your pictures too.

    July 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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