IMG 1512A late start, it is a Sunday in France after all, and another chilly but sunny day. We drive via the back roads to the pretty little village of Le Bec Hellouin where they are setting up a market. Most interesting and we had a good chat with the English expats there.

A crepe in the market for lunch and coffee at the local cafe and we felt revived to make the last few km to Honfleur. On arrival the place is packed and Doreen packs a sad and dumps us outside the wooden cathedral, so we leave the bikes by the quay, have an ice cream and walk around until we find the hotel L'ecole Buissonniere the location of which is far, far from obvious. Luckily we have the address and find a map of the town.

The Trip Advisor/Lonely Planet recommendation of L'Ecole Buissonniere is a quirky place and we get a garret room (no 2) up two flights of steep, narrow steps. It's spacious, but unusual with a bath in the main room. Odd but we love it.


Parking is less clear and we dump the bikes in a vacant lot nearby, chained together with the alarm on. We'll stay two nights as we are both pretty tired and hope that the bikes are still there at the end of it.


IMG 1500Dinner at La Gambetta is not nearly as good as Trip Advisor/Lonely Planet suggest and the service is rather too slow. Overall not too bad but well short of the excellent that others have found. Perhaps we are making bad choices or maybe they were overloaded. Hopefully we will do better tomorrow.