from our hotel in Cabourg
Normandy has always attracted artists, but perhaps none more so than Honfleur. Our hotel is located just 40 km from Honfleur, allowing you to discover this picturesque port on the Côte Fleurie in just a day. Head to the Vieux Bassin, founded by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, with its narrow houses featuring wooden façades lined with slate, the Lieutenance building, the Saint-Etienne Church, the Grenier à Sel (Salt Store), the Roncheville manor, the fishing boats, and a general pleasant atmosphere in wonderful colour. The quays of the Vieux Bassin are lined with galleries of paintings, the most interesting of which present paintings of the École de Saint-Siméon and of the estuary.
A stone’s throw from the Vieux Bassin, other gems are to be found. There’s the Greniers à Sel (the stone salt stores of the 17th century) and the Église Sainte-Catherine, one of the most remarkable churches in Normandy and the largest wooden church in France, complete with a bell tower separated by a small square. The bell tower was immortalised by the likes of Eugène Boudin, a forefather to Impressionism who was born into a family of sailors in Honfleur in 1824. In the unique light of Honfleur, all nuances of the colour palette can be discovered daily. Such grand painters as Boudin, Dubourg, Courbet, Monet and Jongkind were all attracted at one point or another to Honfleur. Located in the town’s upper area, the Auberge Saint-Siméon was one of the first meeting places in the town.
Another famous resident of Honfleur was composer and pianist Erik Satie, born in 1866. The Maisons Satie contains a museum dedicated to him, and offers a scenically and musically original visit in a place where the works of artists who worked with Satie are displayed (including Cocteau, Derain and Erté).