Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Rain Can't Stop Us! An Afternoon In Honfleur - June 22, 2015

After another lovely lunch on board the ship, Carol and I got ready for our afternoon excursion to Honfleur.  This was one of the optional trips.  We definitely wanted to visit this coastal fishing town!  The weather was definitely not cooperating today though, so we knew this so called "picture perfect" delight may not quite be as picture perfect as its expectations!  But we grabbed the umbrellas and piled onto the bus and off we went!  Those who didn't choose this optional excursion could stay on board, or maybe walk into Caudebec and see the Cathedral.  But it was quite a gray and rainy day.

We had a great group though and once we arrived in Honfleur we had a tour of the area and then some free time to wander through the cafés and specialty shops and just soak in all of the charm!

During our tour, we learned about the town and some of the original buildings.

All of the streets were just like this, narrow, winding and cobblestone.  Quite lovely!

This is very much a town for tourism, although I do believe there are people that live here.

One of the above pictures was the original jail in Honfleur, I believe we were told....

And then we made our way to the waterfront.  It was quite the photo op, even in the rain!

The houses all have their characteristic design here of being very narrow and very tall.  

This was definitely a place I would like to come back and spend more than just a rainy afternoon!

Our group kept plugging on, and believe me, snapping pictures while holding one of those big, blue umbrellas wasn't the easiest of things to do!

And yes, the umbrella did make its way into a few of the shots...

There were some great shops around every corner!

And so many restaurants!

After our walking tour, Carol and I walked a bit on our own, got some souvenirs and went to sit in a café for a bit until it was time to head back to our ship.

Tonight we were going to a special Bistro Dinner!  I don't have a copy of the menu anymore, but it was a special wine and almost tapas type dinner served up in the Lounge to a smaller number of guests.  We could sign up for this dinner in advance, and it was offered a few nights during our cruise.  There was no extra charge for this special dinner, and it was nice to try some different types of foods, paired with some different wines.  It was for the more adventurous eater - so for those who know Carol, it was not her favorite meal!  But everything was quite good, and here are a few pictures!

This was our first course

And then we had a soup, which was very good

This was the main course selections

A cheese course

And dessert

Today may have been a wet day, but we had a great time! We visited two very, very different locations and really enjoyed both. We couldn't wait to see what our third day would bring us!

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