, near its estuary. The city was built in 1517 by Francis I, after the nearby port of Onfler was covered with silt. During World War II, Havre was destroyed. Today, despite a set of oil refineries and industrial centers near the port, the city has kept its charm. It is the center for sailing and two blue flags are planted on the beach (ecologically very pure!).
The passenger train goes from Paris to Havre in less than two hours. On the way, it seemed liked we crossed the Seine and passed the large city of Rouen several times. Rouen is known first and foremost for its cathedral,
, immortalized by the famous impressionist Claude Monet.
Opposite of the Havre is the 347 foot (106-meter) tall church of Saint-Joseph; similar to a skyscraper. Actually, at first glance we mistook it for a skyscraper – the real purpose of its concrete exterior will become clear a little later:
This panoramic view of Havre and its port from the hill is awesome:
We then went down to the lower part of the city:
This church was probably restored after the war:
The weather on the bank of the Atlantic changed quickly. Suddenly, a seagull flew by, bringing the rain with him; we took the hint and developed an appetite to try seafood at one of the coastal restaurants :) The sun soon replaced the rain and we had a lovely walk along the pebbled beach of the Atlantic.
The Atlantic surf:
Here’s one of the many residences on the coast:
The embankment by the sea:
Let's go inside the church:
In France, you will see several different and interesting types of cars. Below, for example, is the popular and nice Renault.
The 347 foot (106-meter) concrete church of Saint-Joseph reminded me of a tower that had been constructed after the war, in memory of those who died during the bombing of the city between 1944-1945. The huge construction is just as impressive from within; the tower is illuminated by stacks of stained glass windows!
Havre is one of the largest ports in France, as well as the sailing epicenter:
A container carrier arrives at port:
Today the weather was stormy – waves broke noisily against the breakwater used to protect the harbor:
The rain started again and another, larger, container entered Havre port:
The container ship worked hard to overcome the strong wind and waves:
The rain and wind were amplified, causing us to want to leave the coast and head toward the city quarters. Le Havre Cathedral is similar to a local Notre Dame:
A modern cable-bridge arches over the water, connecting two parts of the city:
Here is a monument to those who died in World War II. In the background, you'll notice a large and futuristic looking center, where concerts and other public events are held:
City town hall is here:
Fountains, and the bulk of the church of Saint-Joseph in the background:
Sitting down to drink coffee was all there was to do in Havre. After that we went to the Parisian electric train nearby! :)
Havre is a young and modern city, where you can breathe in the fresh sea air! It was great to walk through the quarters, embankments and beaches, seeing the yachts and big sea vessels in the port Le Havre, to breathe the fresh sea air of the Atlantic and eat mussels at a small restaurant! Havre doesn't hold the most enticing sights that France has to offer but I recommend that you visit the city, as part of your must-see list!