Part 3: Van Gogh, Caen and Honfluer


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We checked out of the Marriott hotel and went to Hertz to get a rental car.  Despite our reservation, they "gave" our car away.  Luckily, they gave us a better car, although not large enough for all our luggage.  We did manage to make it fit and headed out in our diesel BMW 530 toward Van Gogh's residence.  From there we headed to Caen.  The following morning, we explored the Farmer's Market and then went to Honfluer on the coast.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

Van Gogh's town.

The restaurant across the street from where Van Gogh lived at the end of his life.

Van Gogh's quarters were in the attic of this building, now a museum.

The flowers on the street were in bloom.  Note the bee hard at work.

Van Gogh's room was like this, but next door.  No photos were allowed there and it was OK since the room was totally bare.  This one at least had some furniture in it.

When we finished at the Van Gogh museum, we allowed the GPS to guide us across country roads to the Caen area.  From one of the hillsides, we could see the fields used for growing hay to feed their cattle during the long winters.

The backroads were narrow and scenic.  Note that the edge of the hand-cut stone buildings are right up against the road.

Our path took us along the Seine and a narrow tributary that had American ski boats.

The harbor at Caen.  We checked into the hotel and then headed out searching for a nice place for dinner.  And we found just what we were looking for in La Napoli restaurant.  Talking with the owner, it turned out that he lived in San Diego, so he gave us a bottle of Champagne.  Cool.

Next morning we slept in and the went exploring the Farmer's Market that was setup right outside the door of the hotel.

These frying potatoes (aka pomme de ter) were so fragrant.  Sadly, we just finished breakfast.

The roasted chickens looked excellent.

Farm fresh eggs, sold individually or by the dozen.

Something a little different: Venus Flytrap flowers for bug control.

The French are very particular about food.  Notice that there are seven (7) varieties of potatoes being sold here.  And at least as many kind of garlic were available.  The fresh fish selection was off the chart, but not being able to cook rendered that undoable.

When we finished at the Farmer's Market, we loaded into the car and headed to Honfluer on the coast.  Honfluer has a nice harbor and has been a seagoing town for many hundreds of years.  Today it is a tourist town attracting not only 4 wayward Americans but a large number of Parisians on Sunday.  Above, Kathleen poses by one of the old anchors used as monuments.

L'Absinthe Hotel had my attention, but we already had a place for the night.

The French children loved the merry-go-round.

Honfluer is not far from the D-Day beaches at Normandy.  These fellows were here to entertain tourists in their WWII regalia.

The inner harbor at Honfluer.

This structure served various purposes over the years and had been repeatedly expanded resulting in a pleasing old world haphazard look.  The structure was stone and brick.

Space was limited, so houses and shops were crammed against each other and 4-6 stories high.  Not all walls turned out vertical.

The Ferris wheel is a nice contrast to the storm clouds that finally rained on us while we ate.

The clouds provided a dramatic effect on the Honfluer harbor waters.

Another large anchor used as a monument to those lost at sea.

Honfluer is cool.  In the next episode, we hike around the city and see some of the local sights and then head to Touville.

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