France’s Scenic Coastal Town of Honfleur
November 7 – 15, 2009
Part 5: Conflans and Tour of Market
Part 2: D-Day Beaches on Normandy
Part 3: Scenic Coastal Town of Honfleur
Part 4: Rouen and Les Andelys
- Updated Jan. 2, 2010
About 35 trip photos mainly taken by Betty Nolan are posted at www.ritzpix.com in an album entitled “2000 – France” under member name of Lewis “Buzz” Nolan’s email address. Email email@example.com for instructions on how to access. Note: captions were being added to photos in late 2009.
By LEWIS NOLAN
Nov. 10, 2009, Monday – In
We arose on the
Viking’s tour boat
Betty Nolan by hanging flower baskets over artificial stream bed in Rouen, France
Betty wanted to
revisit the scenic, coastal town of Honfleur that is
across the Seine River on a huge, modern bridge from Le Havre. We had enjoyed
seeing the preserved medieval town about 20 years on our driving trip through
But absent this visit were the crowds of tourists due to the coolness and lateness of the season, and many shops were closed even though it was a Tuesday. Betty later related to me how much she enjoyed poking around Honfleur with fellow passengers Paul Granett and Gloria Solomon of New Jersey. Despite the array of products on display, Betty found nothing of sufficient interest to buy at this early point of the trip other than a few postcards and a souvenir thimble for her collection back home.
An Honfleur brochure
we picked up said the town is still a fishing port and a popular yacht harbor.
One of its most visited sites is the 15th Century Sainte-Catherine
Church, which is surrounded by art galleries, boutiques and traditional crafts
shops. The church was built by shipwrights, resembles an upended sailing vessel
and is the largest wooden church with a separate bell-tower in
Among the artists who were born, lived or worked in Honfleur are the Impressionist painters Eugene Boudin and Claude Monet and the writer Charles Boudelaire. Some of the original “salt houses,” where sea salt was extracted for sale to households in the 17th Century are now used for exhibitions and concerts.
While Betty toured, I opted to stay back in the ship to nap and work on my trip notes. My snooze was interrupted when the ship’s engineer and a crewman appeared in the cabin to install a heavy
steel plate over the small window to protect the
glass just above the waterline from the expected wake of very large ships we
would pass on the lower
Once Betty returned, we decamped our tiny cabin due to its smallness and repaired to the ships lounge so I could continue working on my notes and we could wait for a scheduled demonstration by a visiting chef of how to make the semi-sweet, French pastry flavored with fresh lemons. The samples of the special dessert were passed around and were delicious.
We had with us for leisure reading paperback books brought from home. They were for me Tom Clancy’s “Politica,” and for Betty the book by Sherry Woods, “Flowers on Main.” There were dozens of paperback and other books available for checkout in the ship’s small library, which also provided laptop computers for rent at 10 Euros per hour (roughly $15). But due to all the ship’s activities and excursions that interested us, we found little time to read.
The boat’s signal provided at no extra charge gave us a chance to check email on Betty’s snazzy Acer laptop computer . However, many other passengers must have brought their own computers because the Internet service was incredibly slow unless most passengers and many crew members were away from the boat for tours.