At this time of the year we go on what I call ‘Gastronomic adventures’. The boyfriend’s birthday falls at the beginning of December and so before the countdown to Christmas begins in earnest we take off for a little ‘spoiling’ us time.
Jersey lies so close to France and with the strong winds leading to inevitable delays and cancellations on the cross channel ferries (oh the delights of island living) we opted for the short hop to France. We had read about ‘Le Padstow’ and so thought that this needed checking out.
More on that in the next post…
Our first port of call was Honfleur, a two and a half drive from St Malo, unless I happen to be map reading! Immortalised by many of the French impressionist painters including Eugène Boudin, who was born in the town, Honfleur has been a favourite spot for visitors over the years.
Where we stayed
We spent the night in the most delightful Hôtel de Charme, La Maison de Lucie, ideally situated above the port amongst the maze of cobbled streets in the heart of the historic part of the town.
Loving restored and furnished with a keen eye for attention to detail, one instantly feels at home. Many of the rooms overlook the pretty courtyard and are all decorated in a timeless fashion but with a contemporary twist.
The Hotel recommended dinner at the nearby L’Homme du Bois, clearly a favourite with the locals, which is always a good sign and we enjoyed a very good meal.
The next day, the most delicious breakfast awaited us in the cosy drawing room in front of a roaring fire, it was hard to leave.
December is a good month to wander the streets of Honfleur, I imagine in the summer months it is very crowded but for now there was an air of sleepy anticipation of the Christmas holidays to come. The shops were stocking up and Christmas markets setting out their wares.
The wooden church of Ste Catherine and it’s ancient Bell Tower stand in the centre and is well worth a moment to pause and experience it’s charm.
The tall wood and slate houses that line the Quai Ste Catherine along the Vieux Bassin now house the many restaurants, bars and shops all jostling for the prime positions where once the wealthy shipping families lived.
From Honfleur we drove on up the coast over the magnificent Pont de Normandie that spans the river Seine and on up towards Montreuil-Sur-Mer, eager to get to our mouthwatering destination.
Read on …