Sunday, March 15, 2015

Que c'est beau Honfleur!

Pour l'enfant, amoureux de cartes et d'estampes,
L'univers est égal à son vaste appétit.
Ah! que le monde est grand à la clarté des lampes!
Aux yeux du souvenir que le monde est petit!

Charles Baudelaire – Le Voyage

It was a glorious day when we visited Honfleur, two months ago,
my second time in Normandy, first on the northwest coast.
Beautiful connotations came to mind 
recalling poems and paintings I once studied inFrench
 art and literature. Baudelaire, Monet, Boudin, Seurat, Sisley, 
delighted by the exhilarating beauty of this area, gave birth 
to one of the most beautiful art movements; Impressionism. 
The changing weather, the unflagging play between the sun and 
the clouds, the fickle colors providing the perfect setting, this is
what fascinates you in Honfleur more than anywhere else. 

We strolled along the old harbour, through the cobbled streets and 
paved alleys savoring a romantic feeling of a timeless world. 
This town has certainly got something extra that makes it unique. 
It’s a lively, vibrant town preserving its artistic character with dozens 
of art galleries around. I wouldn’t have mind staying a little
 longer to gaze at the splendid port. And the French gastronomy, 
what a treat! We were definitely craving seafood, calvados, 
apple cake and were not disappointed . A little suspicious
 when it's touristy...But, such a scrumptious
lunch on the peaceful quay!

To a child who is fond of maps and engravings
The universe is the size of his immense hunger.
Ah! how vast is the world in the light of a lamp!
In memory's eyes how small the world is!

Charles Baudelaire – Le Voyage

Nothing serious has been going on recently, 
hope you are also doing fine…

Ι'm leaving you with
the smell of the sea, 
the Normand natural light 
and  Baudelaire's musical rhymes...

See you, 

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