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Honfleur

Honfleur is in many ways a quaint old town. I liked the contrast with this old (and, to me, Spanish looking) building at the corner of the harbour and the yellow motor bike:-

Old Building, Honfleur

We found this fantastic iron gate (one of a pair obviously) at a side alley:-

Ornate Iron Gates, Honfleur, Normandy, France

The side alley:-

Side Alley, Honfleur

A typical narrow street:-

Typical Narrow Street, Honfleur

But there were some open spaces:-

Tree-lined Square, Honfleur

And it wouldn’t have been complete without a touch of old France. A Clochemerle style outside toilet. (The grey hut behind is an inside toilet):-

toilets

Pont Du Normandie

I didn’t look behind us as we strolled fom the SS Black Watch to Honfleur. When we got to town I saw a sign to Pont du Normandie but I hadn’t realised how close it was.

I soon found out when we walked a bit west from Honfleur harbour:-

Pont du Normandie from Honfleur

The bridge was very obvious when we were walking back to the ship but the best view was from the deck once we were back on board:-

Pont du Normandie from Seine at Honfleur

Later in the afternoon the lighting conditions had changed. The rain clouds had gone away.

Pont du Normandie in Sunshine

Over the other side of the River Seine near to Le Havre I could see this road bridge. Morning aspect:-

Road Bridge near Le Havre

The same bridge in the afternoon’s lighting conditions:-

Road Bridge near Le Havre

Honfleur and Erik Satie

We discovered that Honfleur was the birthplace of composer Erik Satie.

It was his 150th anniversary so the house had been bedecked accordingly:-

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Birthplace plaque:-

Honfleur, Erik Satie's Birthplace Plaque

The local music school is named in his honour though I see from the lettering above the central windows that it was (once) a Nursery School:-

Honfleur, Municipal Music School Erik Satie

There’s almost an Art Deco feel to this building. Canopy, long windows beside it, “jazzy” iron work on the gates:-

Honfleur, Municipal Music School Satie 2

Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1 is a lovely piece of music. I also like the animation which accompanies it here.

Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No.1

Honfleur War Memorial

From over the street:-

Honfleur War Memorial

Honfleur is a relatively small town. Just look at all those names. “To her children of the armies of the land and sea killed for the homeland 1914-1918.” A measure of what France lost between 1914 and 1918:-

Honfleur, War Memorial Close

World War 2 names are at the base of memorial. In front is a stone poilu’s helmet above crossed swords with the inscription, “Gloire au Soldats Francaise”.

Honfleur, War Memorial Detail

Off to one side was this plaque to Albert Manuel, “heros de la résistance, croix de guerre”:-

Honfleur, War Memorial, Resistance Plaque

This plaque commemorates “The veterans of Indo-China in Normandy. To their lost and disappeared 1945-54.”

Honfleur War Memorial, Indo-China

Another notes “19th March 1962. End of the war in Algeria.”

Honfleur, War Memorial, Algeria Plaque

Honfleur, Normandy, France

The final stop on our cruise trip last year was the fishing village of Honfleur in Normandy, France; across the River Seine from Le Havre.

This is a panorama from the ship’s berth on the River Seine.

Honfleur and Port Tower from Ship's Berth

At the extreme right above is one of those modern buildings we seemed to encounter at nearly every port. View from dock:-

Port Tower, Honfleur

View from town side of tower:-

Honfleur, Port Tower from Town Side

Honfleur itself is a delightful village in the old style. Panorama of harbour from the direction of the River Seine:-

Honfleur Harbour

Honfleur harbour from the town:-

Honfleur Harbour From the Town

Harbour buildings:-

Honfleur Harbour, Buildings

Honfleur Harbourside

Art Deco in Matosinhos

We had a serendipitous metro stop opposite this lovely stylish building in Matosinhos. Pity the metro car’s windows intrude on the clarity:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos

I have no idea of the building’s purpose but it’s another striking one:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos

Art Deco, Matosinhos, Other View

Rule of three in the extension’s windows:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos, Extension

Art Deco in Porto (v): Armazéns Cunhas

This stunning Art Deco building fetauring a green peacock motif below the Novidade lettering is Armazéns Cunhas, a department store.

Stunning Art Deco, Porto

The shop’s motto is apparently “novelties, we sell cheaper.”

Armazéns Cunhas, Porto

Next door was the mundane by comparison, Era Porto Baixa:-

Art Deco, Porto

Gail Edwin Aguiar has some more stunning Deco from Porto on Flickr.

Coliseu at https://flic.kr/p/sWsaUi, Garagem Passos Manuel at https://flic.kr/p/tAJp5S.

And on Gail at Large, Serralves:-

Serralves

Art Deco in Porto (iv)

The Wine Box, Porto, on the northern road approaches to Dom Luís I Bridge has Art Deco styling:-


The Wine Box, Porto

Another tall Deco building. Note cartouche below roofline:,-

Another Tall Deco Building Porto

This one’s yellow paintwork emphasises the strong horizontals:-

Art Deco Style, Porto

Terrace of Deco:-

Art Deco Terrace, Porto

Zoom to lower down the terrace:-

Art Deco Detail, Porto

Art Deco in Porto (iii)

Hotel Vincci, Porto, is a modern Deco style hotel by the banks of the River Douro. Helitours landing pad is in the foreground.

Art Deco Hotel, Porto

More of Hotel Vincci fron River Douro- plus heritage tram to left:-

Hotel Vincci Porto

Close-up. I like the clock:-

Hotel Vincci Porto, Close-up

There’s a different view of the hotel here.

Art Deco in Porto (ii)

Almost Deco. Note Aragem sign on building in left foreground::-

Almost Deco in Porto

We’d just walked past Aragem which had a very unusual appearance by its side door. The wall looked a sif it had part melted!:-

Aragem, Porto

“Melted” wall upper portion:-

Upper Portion, Aragem.

Aragem from a distance:-

Aragem, Porto

Another canopied corner building:-

Art Deco Style Building, Porto

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