Honfleur – Normandy

Our first getaway together was to Honfleur, of all places. I bet not a lot of you have heard of it, but according to my dad – who was a big fan of France and knew his places – the most romantic town in France. And he was right, so right that we keep coming back here for a fine weekend away, soak up the sun and the fresh air and munch on oysters, mussels and rose wine.

The mom says
× Honfleur is one of those places where you park your car and don’t enter it again until you leave. It’s such a quaint vibrant little town. Don’t go here in July/ August but for the rest of the year you are safe.
× The locals here are friendly, welcoming and entertaining. Expect lots of tips and advice on what to do in the area – like the landing beaches (WWII) and the cliffs at Etretat.

The dad says
× This is the province of the Calvados. You will find the most amazing aged Calvados on every corner of every street. Definitely take some bottles home with you as it makes a great digestif.
× With the steep streets and hilly areas it is so much fun just strolling around in town, a proper exercise combined with culture. You won’t spend a lot of time indoor here, the area is way too beautiful and just has to be explored.

Where to stay for your short-break in Honfleur

♥ We have tried and tested various accommodations but there is actually just one that we really really love; Reglisse et Pain d’Epices. Situated in the heart of town, behind a bright blue archway this is the perfect quaint stay. Be prepared for an overdose on cuteness and hospitality, from the cosy rooms to the lovely over-the-top breakfast that will be served here by the hosts every morning. Meet the dog, the grandma and the neighbours;  you’ll definitely feel at home here!
♥ Rather stay a bit more anonymous in a larger hotel? You won’t find the big hotels here but a nice option is La Maison de Lucie, a boutique hotel with a lot of charm and elegance. In the summer months, the garden offers the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of French wine before heading into town.

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