As explained on the Étretat page, our intended sojourn in Honfleur was subverted by the ravages of its recent touristic explosion--a veritable invasion of English, American, and assorted European travelers, drawn to its incredibly photogenic old port, architecture, reputation for Normandy cuisine, and for being a "quaint" seaside port. This was a great disappointment, since we'd looked forward to returning there for 15 years since our last extended visit.
old port is as stunning as ever with its remarkably narrow and colorful
portside buildings, as the pictures prove, but our lunch was overpriced
and mediocre, and there was just too much hustle and bustle to suit
us after quiet days in Souillac and environs. We did walk as far as
the locks that allow boats in Honfleur's inner harbor to drop to the
level of the sea. Maybe we didn't give Honfleur a sufficient chance
to seduce us again, but Étretat seemed a welcome refuge after
our little trip back to Honfleur for lunch.
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