Honfleur & the Pays d'Auge in Normandy, Honfleur


Discover one of the most traditional areas of Normandy, the Pays d'Auge. When the French picture Normandy, they imagine fields of dairy cows, apple tree orchards, and half-timbered houses with thatched roofs. You can find that and more in the Pays d'Auge area.

You'll start with a drive through beautiful countryside, filled with rolling hills and picturesque villages, to visit a local producer who will share Norman cheeses and delicious apple cider, plus pommeau and calvados brandy, made with apples or pears.

Then, head to the Cote Fleurie coast to visit idyllic fishing villages that attracted the Impressionist painters. They have since become upscale beach communities, such as Deauville and Trouville. Gorgeous villas line the coast, overlooking the beach. Enjoy the views as you inhale the refreshing salty sea air. Next, along the Cote de Grace coast and at the mouth of the River Seine, you'll stop to observe the famous changing light and natural beauty of Normandy.

Continue to Honfleur, a city where time seems to have stopped several centuries ago. The incredibly varied architecture will take you right into Middle Ages, with the remains of its fortifications and the extraordinary St Catherine Church. You'll also find Renaissance-style architecture in Honfleur, as the 16th century was a prosperous time in the area, leading to Champlain's departure in 1608 and the foundation of Quebec City. Later on, the village became an artist colony, where Monet and his friends met at the St Simeon Farm.

Enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own, stopping for lunch in one of the many restaurants. Peruse boutique shops, visit artist galleries, or just savor Honfleur's special atmosphere.

Back on the country roads, between hedgerows and surrounding pastures, you'll discover more of the hinterland, with its hills covered by apple trees. Next, pass horse farms, manor houses, and farmhouses, all built of stone or in half-timbered styles. Finish the day with one last stop in the most picturesque village of Beuvron-en-Auge.

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