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Honfleur

Honfleur, at the mouth of the River Seine, is one of the most charming port villages in Normandy, maybe even all of Europe, with storybook architecture, perfect storefronts and bistros promising French delectables like crepes and fruits de mer.

Honfleur, France

 
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Church of St. Catherine

The Church of St. Catherine is the oldest surviving wooden church in France. It could quite possibly be one of the most painted sites in all of France and was even painted by Claude Monet when he was just 15 years old.

Rue des Logettes, 14600 Honfleur, France

 
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The Vimoutiers Annual Apple Festival

Held every autumn, the annual apple festival is similar to a US country fair. In the apple competition, the best apples win gold medals for color and feel. There's also an apple exhibition and the favorite activity -- the apple sculpture.

61120 Vimoutiers, France

 
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Le Mont Saint Michel

The Mont was built in 708 when the bishop dreamt that the archangel Saint Michael wanted him to build a church here. Monks still live and work here. Take the route alongside the main road to avoid crowds on your trip up to the medieval village.

50170 Mont-Saint-Michel, France

 
Sleep
L'Absinthe

This intimate hotel has few rooms, friendly owners and a cozy reception area with a grand fireplace. All the rooms have an old-fashioned inn-like quality to them, so you may be surprised by the modern and swanky bathrooms, which come with Jacuzzis.

1 rue de la Ville, 14600 Honfleur, France

 
Eat
Le Mere Poulard

Le Mere Poulard is famous for one item in particular: the omelet. It has been serving up omelets since 1888. They beat the eggs to the beat of a special music and cook them on an open fire.

Grande Rue BP 18, 50170 Le Mont Saint Michel, France

 

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