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Le Havre, France

Le Havre, France


This bustling port city at the mouth of the River Seine is your gateway to the beautiful and historic Normandy coast. Your long day in port is designed to give you time to visit Paris or Disneyland Paris

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AMBIENCE

Cruisers may be disappointed by their first glimpses of this major, industrial seaport, but outside the ports gates lies a modern city of striking architecture, with an attractive beachfront, fine museums, and upscale shopping. Beyond the city stretches the rugged seacoast, gardens, villages, and cathedrals that so inspired the French Impressionist painters. The region's dairy farms and apple orchards produce cheeses, hard cider and Calvados (apple brandy) that are a foodie's delight. Follow the River Seine inland and you reach the Medieval city of Rouen, and glorious, cosmopolitan Paris!

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HISTORY

Le Havre was created in 1517, after older ports in the area had filled with silt. The new port prospered, fed by growing trade with the Americas. 80% of the central city was destroyed in World War II. The reconstructed city, designed by architect Auguste Perret, was honored by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. As for Normandy as a whole... The area is named for the conquering Norse Vikings. A Viking descendant, William I, conquered England, and over the centuries the Norman rulers of England lost, recaptured, and again lost their ancestral lands in France. Normans lead the French exploration and settlement of Louisiana and Canada. To bring things full circle, the English, Canadians, and Americans returned to the beaches of Normandy in June 1944 to liberate France from Nazi Germany. 

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Size: City:  18 sq. mi. (47 sq. km.)/Normandy: 11,547 sq. mi (29,906 sq. km.)
Climate: Temperate Oceanic Temperatures: 55°F (13°C) to 70°F (21°C)
Population 175,497/3,322,757 Busy Season Summer
Language: French Money: Euro ()
Time Zone: Central European (UTC+1) Transportation: Walking, taxis
Phones: Dial 011-33-2 from U.S., dial 112 for emergencies
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