We weren’t the only people to think of spending last weekend in Honfleur. Despite the so-so weather, the whole world had descended on the Normandy port town, it seemed.
It gave the place a real buzz.
When we checked into our maison d’hôte, the owner was especially keen to make sure we had booked places to eat. Little did she know that the town’s gastronomic standing was one of the things that had attracted us.
I’d booked us into La Lieutenance for dinner on the Saturday night. We took their Tentation menu, and started with lobster ravioli in a tarragon and lobster bisque. I had veal and Damon had monkfish to follow.
A duo of Normandy cheeses and a delightful goat’s cheese soufflé rounded off our evening.
Our restaurant for Sunday lunch, Entre Terre et Mer, was even better. With smoked mackerel to start, guinea fowl two ways for our mains, followed by a melon dessert, it was superb.
We finished the afternoon with a 90-minute boat trip up and down the Seine. Our guide was terribly enthused by the Pont de Normandie – so much so, we passed back and forth under it several times.
With Honfleur on one side and Le Havre on the other, it had held the world record for the longest cable-stayed bridge for a short time after it opened in 1995, apparently.
I couldn’t get as excited as him about it.
For us, the weekend was about celebrating Damon’s birthday, which was on Monday. Here’s the birthday boy himself.
As it happened, we had a rendez-vous at the bank on his birthday. Ordinarily, this would have taken the edge off any day, but we were there to get his Irish passport application signed.
Complete with the manager’s signature, we crossed the road and posted his forms. Once he gets his passport through, I’ll apply for a carte de séjour as the partner of an EU national.
If I get that, we’ll have something else to celebrate.