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




Lots of strawberries


Vegetable stands


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


Bread – the French definitely eat a lot of bread




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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