Le Havre was 85% destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt again in a no-frills way, without ornaments. It has received many disapprovals, but despite this, the centre of the city (created by the architect Auguste Perret) has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site.
This city does not have many tourist attractions but its position, close to the mouth of the Seine’s, opens one to a wide selection of things to do and visit nearby. After all, the Seine Maritime region has been chosen by impressionists for its beauty and allure for centuries. Art lovers will love the Impressionists itinerary that leads through five different panels, situated where artists did their paintings.
The jewel-city of Honfleur is easily reachable by car, by Normandy bridge, and offers an enchanting immersion in an old harbor, unchanged over time.
Vieux Bassin, the colourful harbor, will give you the feeling of being in a postcard. Don’t miss sitting in a small bistro, like Bistrot Du Bassin (6, Rue Traversière) and opt for a glass of calvados (a strong French alcoholic drink made by distilling apple juice).
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