Sign Me: Charmed in Normandy

When we were in Normandy last week Mark and I spent one night in the tiny town of Honfleur. Honfleur is a picturesque port in Normandy, sitting at one end of this impressive cabled bridge, le pont de Normandie, which links Honfleur with Le Havre.

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For some reason I can’t begin to explain, I did not take many pictures in Honfleur. One explanation is that the town is so pretty I couldn’t decide what to shoot. Many Impressionist painters captured the beauty of this tiny place on the estuary of the Seine, so you may have seen paintings of Honfleur in museums.

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This was not our first trip to Honfleur, and we did not spend a lot of time in the town this time around. The highlight of this visit was our hotel, L’Auberge de la Source, an old farmhouse sitting a few miles outside of town, on the edge of an enchanted forest. Well, it seemed enchanted to me, anyway.

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Our room was upstairs in the main part of the house, offering views from three sides.

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We ate a very nice dinner next to a burning wood fire in the hotel dining room, where we returned for breakfast the next morning.

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bread, anyone?

bread, anyone?

love those old French floors

love those old French floors

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Just outside the windows of the breakfast area was a pretty little garden, complete with an old apple tree that was dropping its bounty while we were there.

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We slept with a window open and I woke in the early hours to the sound of gentle rain on our roof and a rooster in the distance. Yep, this place was definitely enchanted.

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Most people probably do to spend the night in Honfleur, but that’s too bad, because they are missing out on a little slice of country heaven.

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