Seven years later we visit Honfleur and a film festival

The gang

Dave the motorhome is in the know! He hasn’t coughed up the €10 a night fee to park at the aire in Honfleur, he’s parked up with Where’dmdaygo, about three kilometres away at a free aire in La Riviere-Saint-Sauveur (N49.40891 E0.26990). It’s packed so it looks like Dave isn’t the only one in the know.

This morning we were up quite early for us, around 9am. Our plan was to get over to Deauville before the aire filled up. We set off first as we needed fuel, dipping off the motorway to find the cheaper priced stations. After a false alarm, there was no sign of the petrol station satnav had promised, we found a Total and filled up with Excellium, Dave’s engine will be clean by the time we cross the channel! The garage itself was a real quaint place; part old school garage, part old world corner shop.

DSC08969With Dave’s tank full we thought we were making great speed along the motorhome, until Rose overtook us in the VDub, followed by Paul in Where’dmdaygo. We sped up a bit after that, somehow arriving at the aire in Deauville before them. The six spaces were filled with about nine motorhomes, all hooked up to the power supply – we weren’t going to get in there. So we took a drive around to see if we could find a free camping spot, or free bagging as Rose and Paul call it. We headed for the quayside as a comment on our database said you could sleep there too, but it was all blocked off – we’d arrived during the Deauville Amercian Film Festival!

Paul overtakes us on the motorway
Paul overtakes us on the motorway

Dave slowed as he passed the red carpet, giving any photographers hanging around time to snap him, then set off on his mission to find a kipping spot. In the seaside town with a film festival on, you guessed it, it wasn’t going to happen. We met up with the others in the Aldi car park just outside the town and regrouped. When we had passed the train station car park we’d spotted a load of motorhomes in it, so headed over there to see if we could stop. We could, but for €5, and well it wasn’t the best of places. So after a pizza and some garlic bread we went in convoy to La Riviere-Saint-Sauvier. All of us followed our satnav, which only took us down three roads which Where’dmdaygo shouldn’t have technically been on – oops!

Big Ten this is Rubber Duck - we've got a convoy!
Big Ten this is Rubber Duck – we’ve got a convoy!
Dave in his home for the night
Dave in his home for the night

Arriving at the aire we parked up at the end of the row the furthest away from the motorway, and all piled into the car. In a few short minutes we were driving around the narrow, busy streets of Honfleur. There’s a reason Jay and I wanted to visit Honfleur. Many years ago on our first trip to France in a motorhome with our friends Celia and Jamie, we drove through the town, all said how pretty it was and how we should go back – we never did. We’ve been to France several times since and never made it to Honfleur, today we made it.

Honfluer
Honfluer
Some lovely Italian ladies having a blast on the carrousel
Some lovely Italian ladies having a blast on the carrousel
The gang
The gang

We wandered around the harbourside and the old streets filled with designer shops and art galleries. While the others went into the church, Charlie and I got talking to an English couple with a Cavalier King Charles called Otto. They were also in a motorhome, on their way back from a two week holiday in France and have to go back to work on Monday – rather them than us, but our time will come.

Crazy statue in one of the art galleries
Crazy statue in one of the art galleries
How much?!
How much?!
French cafe culture
French cafe culture
Hmm, cider!
Hmm, cider!
Paul and Rose playing on the music boxes
Paul and Rose playing on the music boxes
Honfleur
Honfleur
Charlie meets Otto
Charlie meets Otto
Random holiday souviners
Random holiday souviners

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Admiring the architecture
Admiring the architecture
Calvados - Apple Brandy - the local tipple, need to try some of that
Calvados – Apple Brandy – the local tipple, need to try some of that

After seeing the sights for a couple of hours, we drove up to a viewpoint over the town and then headed back to Deauville to see what was happening with the film festival. In truth, not much. The red carpet was lined with photographers, but no there were no stars to be seen. We figured if someone did appear we probably wouldn’t have a clue who they were, so we headed off back to the car as it was beer o’clock.

Honfleur from above
Honfleur from above
The boys looking out at the look out
The boys looking out at the look out
Multiple bells at the local church
Multiple bells at the local church

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Boys on the beach at Deauville
Boys on the beach at Deauville
It's all about the movie stars around here, the changing rooms on the beach all have names.
It’s all about the movie stars around here, the changing rooms on the beach all have names.
Good job Charlie doesn't have a watch!
Good job Charlie doesn’t have a watch!
Multiple Roses
Multiple Roses

DSC09204We’re back in our vans now. Rose has some of Paul’s spear fished fish cooking in the oven, Jay is doing some chips to go with it. The beer is in the fridge and the wine is chilled – looks like it’s going to be another great evening.

Only populated by the police
Only populated by the police
The film festival red carpet
The film festival red carpet

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A local film star, or just a by stander?
A local film star, or just a by stander?
Locals getting interviewed
Locals getting interviewed
We think the bloke on the left was doing the interview - any idea who the 'film star' on the right is?
We think the bloke on the left was doing the interview – any idea who the ‘film star’ on the right is?

Ju x

2 Comments

  1. Honfleur is beautiful, spent one night there a few years ago in our van and promised ourselves we’d go back – which we did last year :) Deffo try the Calvados… It’s like sunshine in a bottle :)

  2. Hope you don’t get boxed in at the aire like we did 2 years ago, woke up to find a flea market had been set up al around us! Still better than the aire in town though

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