The tiny town of Honfleur–where the Seine River meets the English Channel. Walking through this town feels like you’ve gone back in time. There are more crêperies than you could ever imagine in the small village.
We weren’t in Honfleur for too long, so I have more photographs than I have things to say. It was also very rainy and cold, which made me want to stay in my hotel room and sip something hot. Nevertheless, I put on my L.L. Bean raincoat and persevered through the ice cold rain to shoot some photos.
We stayed in the smallest hotel I’ve ever been in. And by that I mean there were about three rooms on each floor and the stairs to get there were so narrow that I barely made my way through. The actual hotel itself is split up between two buildings, since the first building is so small. I was lucky that my hotel room had nice views of the city and two windows side-by-side so that my friend could snap the photo of me below. (Don’t I look super sad to be traveling Northern France?)
After we got settled into our room, I went down to take a walk through the village before dinner. The city is petit, but mighty in color. The window shutters and doors formed a pastel rainbow down the street. Flowers adorned every façade.
The harbor of Honfleur is just as picturesque as the town. So naturally, we snapped a lot of photos. The last one screams Come Study Abroad in France! and I love it. It was actually taken by a cute old man of whom we were unsure would be able to use my camera. He surprised us when he did! And I surprised him when I spoke French.
When I wasn’t busy taking photos, I was popping in and out of the random shops along the harbor. They sell everything from clothing to antiques. I made sure to grab a few postcards. The harbor is also lined with restaurants at which you can dine at with views of the water. So roooooomantic.
There was also a creepy carousel at which we enjoyed taking pictures.
P.S. The rain jacket I’m wearing here is from Uniqlo and it’s the greatest thing ever. It’s very light, but still water resistant. It rolls up into a small bag that fits in your purse, so it’s perfect for backpacking/traveling with limited space. I’m the kind of person who hates carrying around an umbrella, so when my host mom showed me hers, I went to Uniqlo that same day and bought one.
For dinner we went to a crêperie that was so dim and warm, I felt like I was eating in a cave. I had the biggest chorizo and egg galette (savory crêpe) I have ever enjoyed. It was so big, in fact, that I didn’t have the room for a dessert crêpe. Peep the famous cidre de Normandie served in bowls in the image below.
I went back to the hotel room that night very full, very cold, and very content.