Day 053: Normandy, France | West By Sea
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Day 053: Normandy, France

Posted by on 2013/07/11
Day 053: Le Havre, France (for Honfleur)
Position: N 49º 28′ 51″  E 000º 06′ 27″

Weather: ºC wind kts, waves m
Last Port: Greenock, Scotland
Next Port: Dover, United Kingdom
Status: In Port

From the Navigator

Early this morning we will pass north of Cherbourg and alter our course to the ESE through the Baie de la Seine towards our destination of Le Havre. We will make our final approaches to Le Havre at 0515, and will board our local pilot shortly after at around 0530. Orce the pilot is on board, we will proceed into the harbor through the buoyed channel up to our berth. We anticipate all fast alongside by 0700. When all our pre-departure checks are complete, we will let go our mooring lines, thrust off the berth and retrace our courses out of the Baie de la Seine before setting north easterly courses through the busy traffic lanes of the English Channel towards Dover.

Tour Overview

Your tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic drive through the Norman countryside, across the Tancarville Bridge to Honfleur.

Upon arriving, you’ll embark on a guided walking tour of this picturesque fishing port. Once the base for France’s 17th-century voyages of colonization, Honfleur was also the birthplace of the Impressionist and Romantic art movements.

During your guided walk, you’ll take in the Vieux Bassin, the old dock that dates back to 1681, and pass the Lieutenance, an imposing building at one end of the old dock that was the home of the King’s Lieutenant.

Also on your itinerary is St. Catherine’s Church, a 15th-century church built by shipwrights. Today, it’s the largest wooden church with a separate bell-tower in France. The bell-tower, also largely built of wood, dates from the end of the 15th century and is now a museum of religious art.

The next part of the tour is on your own. You’re free to explore this charming town, replete with narrow cobbled streets, art galleries, sidewalk caf�s and traditional craft shops.

Your tour concludes with a drive across the new Normandy Bridge spanning the Seine estuary as you make your way back to the pier.

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