2017 is a very special year for the harbour city of Le Havre in Normandy. 500 years earlier, the French King Francois I ordered a city and its associated harbour to be built at the mouth of the Seine river. It took a legion of Dutch engineers to dry out the swamps for it to […]
Personal blog of Mike Werner while discovering France
Yes, I’ll be entering this nuclear submarine. Is that enough of a hint? So, where am I?
If you are into cycling, as a family, in a group or as a hardcore cyclist, France is slowly turning many roads into bicycle only roads. One of these very long cycle paths is called the La Velo Francette and it links the Normandy harbour of Ouistreham (the ferry harbour of the city of Caen) to […]
To celebrate the 500 years anniversary of Le Havre, the Tall Ships Regatta race will finish in Le Havre this year. The race starts in the United Kingdom mid-April, and via Portugal, Caribbean, Boston and Canada, will end in the French harbour city on August the 31st. All these enormous tall sail ships will then […]
Many people I have spoken with (or received emails from) find visiting a top restaurant, in this case a 3-Michelin star restaurant (the highest accolade you can get as a restaurant), daunting. Daunting for what goes on, and daunting for the money you need to fork out (pun intended). As for the financial aspect, it’s true! Top […]
It’s an usual sight, seeing a Search & Rescue helicopter training so close to land. But here’s a quick video I shot doing exactly that. At the beach of Le Havre, a SAR helicopter was lowering a diver into the water to pickup a “drowning” person, and then lifting both back into the helicopter. This […]
The Lascaux cave art is famous the world over and is part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites. Discovered by a teenage boy chasing his dog, the enormous cave complex in the Dordogne region of Southern France uncovered a vast gallery of cave art dating back some 20,000 years. The caves were discovered in 1940, and in […]
It’s that time of the year again… Christmas and the holiday season. While it’s freezing cold out there, and even during the nighttime, you will see these folks out: The skatepark despite the icy cold and nighttime was still occupied. You got to respect these folks who do their stuff no matter the weather. The […]
This statue was taken in the city I’ll be writing about next. It’s next to an enormous religious building (a building that’s worth a detour to see). Anyone recognise it? You known where this was taken??? Related PostsGuess which city I’m visiting now – no cigar for best guessI’m visiting this city for the next […]
You know, one of those military vehicles. Used a bit during World War II, but still drivable. Interested?? Not more traffic problems with one of these bad boys… The “Normandy Tank Museum” has gone out of business (thank you terrorists, may you rot in hell), and they are selling all their vehicles in an auction. […]
The world famous statue “The Kiss”, made after the more famous photo taken at the end of World War II, is leaving the Caen WWII Memorial for Belgium. The famous and enormous statue has been placed in front of the Caen memorial for over a year, and will leave the city towards October. So this […]
Anyone guess…. It’s a museum!
I’m visiting this city for the next 2 days, hoping to bring you many photos and visit ideas. Can you tell from the photo which city I am in. It’s easy…I think (guesses can be left in the comment box below). Related PostsThis is in the next city I’ll be writing about. Guess where..This statue […]
You may have noticed that the site has gone very quite. On May 1st, I had a very bad accident (no, not riding a motorcycle) and have been in and out of hospital since then. I have been immobilised since then with only one working arm/hand. It’s going to take at least 2 months for […]
This is the first (actually, the second) sign that spring is here. First came the beach restaurants, all installed and serving food since 2 weeks. This weekend the second sign was there: the famous beach huts that are seen all over France’s beaches are being put down and installed by their eager owners. Once the beach […]
Can you guess it now???
A better clue when I arrive. But for sure I’ll put up a few pounds.
So just back from a day-visit to a city and took a million photos. I’m now working on the next series of articles to show you more about this pretty city. Anyone want to guess where this city is? Hint: It’s in Normandy. Related PostsThe Watermills of NormandyWatermills have been used over the centuries around […]
The Le Havre Mairie (City Hall) Christmas Lights are all up and running. This year it’s more sober but very nicely done. Most of the lights are a simple white colour, giving a “snow-like” feeling. Next to the Mairie building is the traditional Christmas Stalls (in French Marchee de Noel) and a not-so-traditional Ferris wheel. […]
I was looking out of the window, admiring the storm outside, when a camouflaged car drove past, the kind that they paint and box-up so you can tell what it is. Car manufacturers do that when they are field testing a new car. From the video, you can’t really tell which brand it is, but […]
There aren’t that many of these to be found in France anymore, all replaced by high-tech ones. Do you even know what this is? It’s a urinal, a men’s toilet. They used to have a lot of them spread around cities, but now they have been replaced by high-tech, self-cleaning ones, and for both genders. […]
As every year, the Ferris wheel for Christmas is being installed in front of the City Hall of Le Havre. Anyone want to go in one during the ice cold winter??
Currently at the railway station of Le Havre, testing remote blogging, including photos. I hope it works. Do you like the photo? Related PostsLe Havre – Christmas LightsThe Le Havre Mairie (City Hall) Christmas Lights are all up and running. This year it’s more sober but very nicely done. Most of the lights are […]
I’ve added a blog portion to the Travel France site, so you know what’s coming next. That’s because I plan to hit the road often enough to visit parts of France, and this takes time. Furthermore, via this blog, you can follow activities in France that you would not necessarily know about (they might be […]
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