Monday 29 March 2010

Modern Le Havre

Le Havre, on the north west coast of France near the mouth of the Seine, has been frequently dismissed as gloomy and grey but great efforts have improved this image. This card shows a very attractive town and seaside resort.

It was built originally in 1517 on the orders of Francis I, but it had to be rebuilt almost completely after World War II.  The rebuilding under direction of the architect Auguste Perret has been acclaimed as a fine example of town planning and is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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  1. Well, I've always said that I'd like to retire to the South of France-I think I'll have to consider the North of France now as well.

  2. It now looks like a modern, bustling city, after being in ruins at the end of WW2. I traveled by ship in Sept. 1968 from New York to Souhampton, UK, and the ship's first stop was at Le Havre, though I didn't get off there. I was on my way eventually to my junior year abroad studying at Trinity College, Dublin. Those were very exciting times for me! Memories, memories!

  3. Descartes, I think your first plan was the right one. Trust me.

    Pat, you certainly did have an exciting time! That year I was a student in Liverpool.


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