After a few days focused on WWII history, we had two days before we had to get to Paris for our flight to Barcelona and a miniature family reunion. We took full advantage of whatever time was left and headed for Honfleur, the ancient fishing town an hour or two away from Bayeux, depending on what road you take. We opted for the more scenic, more leisurely route. While only in Honfleur for just under 24 hours, we delighted in the magical, historical architecture and the fresh, delicious seafood.
Our last day in Normandy was destined to end at the airport, but we had a full day to use wisely. After going back and forth between Giverny and Rouen, we decided on the latter as having the greater historical significance. We were not disappointed. While there was something a bit odd about eating lunch overlooking the spot where Joan of Arc burned at the stake, we enjoyed a day filled with impressive architecture and dark history. Our first gritty urban day in a long time, it was a stark contrast to the bucolic calm and beauty of the Normandy countryside.
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