Le Harve France City Facts
My attachment to this city starts in 1908 when my Italian Grandfather set
out from here to come to America. How he ever made his way from Italy to Le
Harve is beyond me. I know here were railroads. But how did he get a ticket. One
possibility is that he was given a ticket my the mining company in Iowa where he
went to work. They might have recruited him.
Me, I have visited this city several times. It is also the port city which
receives boat passengers who have come to the continent from Ireland. Go figure.
Upper Normandy Town
On the right bank of the Seine River Estuary, facing the
English Channel coast, is the seaport of Le Havre. It is one
of France’s largest seaports, second only to Marseille.
It is located in the Département of Seine-Maritime, some 42 miles
west of Rouen, 134 miles west-northwest of Paris,
25 miles north of Évreux
and 42 miles northwest of Caen.
It is at the intersection of Route National 15, D489 and D940, just
west of Autoroute A29.
Le Havre was long a fishing village. In 1517, François
I, of France, had a port built here after the nearby harbor at Honfleur,
to the northeast, silted up. During the Religious Wars, in
1562, French Huguenots turned control of the town over to the
English. The English were driven out of Le Havre in 1563.
In the 17th century, Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIII’s chief
minister, began the port’s modernization. Napoléon
I continued the modernization in the 19th century.
Le Havre’s points of interest include the 16th through 17th
century Church of Notre-Dame de Bonsecours and the modern Church of
Saint-Joseph to its east. The all glass and metal André Malraux
Museum of Fine Arts is located to the south of the Église
Over the course of the Great War
[1914-1918], Le Havre was a supply and disembarkation base for the
British and American expeditionary forces. The city was
occupied by the Germans from 1940 to 1944 and suffered greatly from
170 Allied bombings.
After the war, both the city and the
port were rebuilt and the port facilities were greatly expanded.
A recent addition to the area is the Pont de Normandie bridge
linking Le Havre with Honfleur. It is one of the world’s
longest suspension bridges.
The harbor at Le Havre, with its extensive facilities, is well
suited to transatlantic and transchannel shipping. It is an
import port for cotton and tropical goods. The port handles
much of France’s imported crude petroleum. There is regular train
and car ferry service between the port and England and Ireland.
The city is a
commercial and a manufacturing center. Its products include
automobiles, chemicals, electrical goods, processed food, machinery,
petrochemicals, rope, ships, sugar, textiles and processed timber.
Introduction to the Regions of Upper
Normandy and Lower Normandy [Haute- Normandie] - [Basse-Normandie]
Departments of Calvados , Manche  & Orne 
Upper Normandy Departments of Eure  and Seine-Maritime
Introduction to the Regions of Upper & Lower
a French province, Normandy [Normandie], with its old
capital at Rouen, is now divided into two regions
bordering on the English Channel: Upper Normandy [Haute-Normandie]
Normandy [Basse-Normandie]. During the Roman
period, the region formed part of Gallia
Gaul). With the Frankish invasions it was made
a constituent part of the kingdom of Neustria.
Ten centuries have passed since the Vikings
invaded the province of Normandy. The early
Scandinavians might have come to ravish the land, but
they stayed to cultivate it. It came to be
known as Normandy about 911, when Charles
III, king of France, turned it over to Rollo,
the leader of a menacing band of Viking raiders.
Normans produced great soldiers, none more famous than William
the Conqueror, who defeated the forces of King
Harold at Battle Abbey in 1066. In 1066,William
II, duke of Normandy [a descendant of Rollo], led an
invasion of England and established himself there as
William I, king of England. Thereafter, Normandy
remained an English possession until conquered in 1204
II Augustus, king of France. During the
Hundred Years’ War, the region was held at various
times by both French and English forces; it was finally
recovered by the French in 1450. The Channel
Islands, which were once a part of Normandy, remained in
the possession of England. The English and the
French continued to do battle, on and off, for 700
years, from 1066 to the decisive Battle
of Waterloo in 1815.
Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon, Normandy remained at
peace until June 6, 1944 when it was ravaged in the 1944
invasion that began early in the morning when airborne
troops parachuted down into Ste-Mère-Eglise and Bénouville-sur-Orne.
The largest armada ever assembled was responsible for
the beginning of the reconquest of continental Europe
from the Nazis. Today many come to Normandy just
to see the D-Day beachheads.
this province is reminiscent of a great landscape
painting, with cattle grazing sleepily in verdant
fields. But the rustic wood-framed houses are
contrasted alongside the nearby modern buildings.
Not far from the Seine, a mere hour drive from Paris,
where Monet painted his water lilies. Here and
there you can still find stained-glass windows and
Gothic architecture miraculously spared the
bombardments; however, many great buildings were
leveled. And Normandy’s wide beaches may attract
families, but in August the Deauville sands draw the
choicest of the chic from Europe and North America.
is the land of Calvados brandy and apple cider [bon bere].
It is well known for its rich butter, cream and other
dairy products. The region is world renowned for
its culinary tour de force: sauce Normande, tripe a la
mode de Caen,
canard a la Rouen,
and soufflé like omelets from le
Mont-St-Michel. Poule d’Auge, poule de Bresse,
andouillet (tripe sausage) de Vire, moules d’ Isigny,
hueters de Courseulles, fuite de mer d’Honfleur,
and the highly prized lamb (pré salé) that is raised
on the salt meadows of Normandy.
Supple Camembert, which
is made from cow’s milk, has been sold in a wooden box
since 1880 and is well known. Lesser known cheeses
of the area, are equally tasty. These include
Pont-L’Evêque and Brillat-Savanin. The latter
with a high fat content of 75%, was invented in the
1930s by the cheese merchant Henri Androuët. His
family established the once famous restaurant Androuët,
on rue d’Amsterdam, in Paris, which specialized in
sauces made from cheese.
Normans consume cider at
nearly every meal. Bon bère is the term for true
cider, and sometimes it’s so strong that it must
be diluted with water. It takes 12 to 15 years to
bring Calvados to taste perfection (in America Calvados
may be called apple jack).
Many a Norman finishes a meal with
black coffee and a glass of this strong drink, which is
also used to flavor main courses.
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Region of Haute-Normandie [Upper Normandy]
The region of Upper-Normandy
encompasses the départements of Eure  and
Seine-Maritime  which constituted the
northeastern part of the province of Normandy. Its
capital is Rouen.
The region is bounded by the Départements of
Calvados and Orne to the west, Eure-et-Loir to the
south, and Yvelines, Val-d’Oise, Oise, and Somme
to the east. The English Channel lies to the
northwest. Haute-Normandie is mostly lowland
belonging to the Paris Basin and is drained by the
History of Upper Normandy
climate is wet. It is densely populated, but
the population declined slightly between 1851 and
1946, as in much of rural France during that
period. Immigration, and a relatively high
birth rate, have accounted for an increase since
World War II. This recovery has favored
Seine-Maritime, whose population is heavily
concentrated in Le
Havre, Rouen, and smaller urban centers along
the Seine River.
Dieppe is an important
fishing port. Le Havre, Rouen, and other
areas along the Seine River are highly
industrialized. Petroleum refineries outside
Le Havre and between Le Havre and Rouen have
established Seine-Maritime as a major
petrochemical center. Renault automobiles
are manufactured in Cléon, outside Elbeuf, and
near Le Havre in Sandouville. Eure has
benefited from its proximity to Paris, and its
industries have expanded rapidly since 1950.
Many Parisians own houses in the countryside of
of Eure still has a large rural population. Animal
husbandry dominates agriculture, and the region is
a leading producer of milk and beef.
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Donald & Mickey! The wonderful and exciting world of Eurodisney is just 2
hours drive away from Le Harve. The new Walt Disney Studio Park located next
to Eurodisney is not to be missed. Visitors can discover new and old
techniques in movie making and experience live stunt shows.
Le Harve founded in 1517 by King Francois I has grown and is now the 2nd
largest port in France. Le Havre is also the closest port to Paris at just
over 200 kms and is the mouth of the river Seine. Le Harve itself is a nice
place to visit but you should consider heading to Honfleur as your first stop.
This relaxing traditional picturesque fishing village is just minutes away and
well worth the visit.
Just 55 miles south of Le Harve is Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The
town has some superb museums and churches to visit. On a Sunday there is the
chance to catch a bargain at the flea market and the opportunity to soak up
the ambience of Normandy.
The following ferry companies provide ferries from Portsmouth to Le Havre:
and O Portsmouth. Click here to go to the booking engine and compare
prices for the best offers.
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