Honfleur is a gorgeous seaside town in Normandy which is about one thousand years old. Isn't that incredible?
Once a very important port, the old harbour is now mainly a tourist attraction.
The town is known for its fascinating buildings of different colours and façades, most with slate tile roofs.
Walking through the narrow streets of the old town there are plenty of pops of colour:
This is St Catherine's Church - over 500 years old and made entirely of wood.
After the original stone church was destroyed in the 100 Years' War the locals wanted to rebuild it but really needed to be spending their money on town defences.
The clock tower was built separate from the church hall (in case of lightening strikes).
So they built the church from wood with plans to upgrade it one day and well, you know how it goes, they never quite got around to it.
Lucky really, because now St Catherine's is famous for being the largest wooden church in France.
We ate lunch at Le Cidrerie, a crêperie recommended in the Lonely Planet Guide. It was a cozy restaurant with friendly staff who welcomed the kids with paper and pencils - plus they served great crêpes.
Normandy is famous for its apples and they make super-scrummy apple cider which we made our business to drink whenever we could.
If you like the cider then you'll no doubt like the apple brandy (Calvados) as well. This dish came to the table with the Calvados-soaked apple in flames, which you then doused with the butter and Calvados syrup.
Oh yes, yes, yes.
After lunch we managed a bit more of a walk-around before a big storm blew in.
This was taken just before the heavens opened and we ran all the way back to the car.
Honfleur would be heaven on a sunny day, sitting by the harbour with a crisp, cool cider in hand. And no children.
Hope you're all having a great week. It's 34ºC (94ºF) here in our corner of Provence today, summer is finally here!