There is also the ubiquitous carousel.
The old town square is dominated by a unique wooden church, the St.Catherine. This is supposed to be the largest church made out of wood in France.
The structure is totally made of wood and because it cannot hold the weight of a bell-tower, it is built some distance away as a separate building. Another reason is that hopefully it will not be struck by lightning and burn down the whole church.
There were a number of restaurants in the square and we had our lunch in one of them.
Since Honfleur is famous for its seafood, we of course picked it for our lunch. For starter, I had the "fruits de mer" or an assorted seafood platter,
while the missus had mussels in a bowl.
They do not very clean but they tasted very good, I suppose they are in their natural state. We sampled each other's food and I must say the mussels here are tasted the best among those that I tried including those that I had later in Mont St. Michel and La Rochelle. The main dish was some fish and I must be too hungry and forgot to snap their photos. The cost of the starter and the main dish was only 15 euros as this is part of their "plat du jour" or set menu for the day.
After a satisfying lunch, we visited the wooden church.
We walked out of the church
through some narrow streets
and arrived at the beautiful Vieux Bassin or Old Dock. This is the area shown in the first photo but now it is from the other side.
It was really a lovely sight on a lovely sunny day.
From Honfleur, we should be going to Deauville before going to Caen but because of the G8 Summit there, we drove straight to Caen and spent some time in the town before checking into the hotel. First stop was at the square where the Town Hall (on the left), the Abbaye aux Hommes (or Men's Abbey on the right)
and the church of St.Etienne-le-Vieux is located.
We then went to the city centre dominated by the St.Pierre Church
and the restored remains of William the Conqueror's fortress (Caen Castle or Chateau Ducal) just right across the road.
First we visited the church to view the interior.
We then cross the road to climb up to the fortress.
From the ramparts, you get a good view of the city.
In one of the squares inside, there seems to be some sculptures that look like the Chinese Zodiac.
We then went to the old port area at the Bassin St.Pierre to wait for our coach. A pretty relaxing place where I watched some synchronised swimming!
We then checked into the hotel Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre for the night.