Sunday, 4 December 2011
Honfleur - a medieval port on the Calvados coast in Normandy. We stayed in a picturesque B&B, enjoying delicious breakfasts of croissants and coffee each morning. The B&B is a collection of houses and restored buildings grouped around a courtyard which was part of a convent for the order of augustine sisters in the 17th century - visit the website: www.coursaintecatherine.com We loved the bridge: Pont de Normandie which can be seen in the background of the picture in the bottom left.
We drove through beautiful countryside. We admired the characteristic half-timber homes in the villages. George was fascinated by the array of fresh seafood displayed at the fishmarket in Trouville. Sipping our coffees at a sidewalk cafe watching people walk by. A highlight was meeting Dan Bouchery - she spoke mostly French and we spoke only English - a very animated converstation was had and a new friend was made. Take a look at her art at her website: www.danbouchery.tk
On our last day while making our way to the ferry port, Dieppe, we visited Duncan and Lynn (our landlords) who currently live in France and run a guest house from their home. See the cider apples all bagged and ready to be pressed into cider and/or distilled into a lip smacking, "put fire in your belly" calvados.
I don't think we quite knew what to expect...the stillness of Ohama Beach and the sombreness of the Normandy American Cemetry and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer ... makes it hard to put into words the thoughts and feelings one experiences when one is there.