Top Five Things to do in Le Havre15 November 2013
During WWII, the city of Le Havre was completely razed to the ground but after much hard work it was rebuilt in the 1950’s. The goal was to create a metropolis that would ring in the future of urban cities. These efforts were recognized in 2005 when Le Havre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its city planning. However, among the French, Le Havre developed a reputation for being nothing but a large slab of gray concrete.
If one were to research information on Le Havre, one would encounter the same adjectives again and again; bombed, rebuilt, ugly concrete. Likewise, a Google search for things to do in Le Havre would be equally bleak. “Well there’s this museum and this restaurant but really you should just pass Le Havre, nothing to see or do here.” This is the common opinion of travelers who have stopped through Le Havre.
However, there are actually plenty of entertaining things to do in Le Havre. And not just the sort of activities that one could typically do in any other city, such as visiting a history museum or going to so-and-so night club. Le Havre offers genuine places that will immerse you in the life of the French and real activities that will teach you about the dynamic culture of this nation.
Here are the top five ways to experience French life in Le Havre.
1. Eat a French delicacy in a 450 year old restaurant: Dig into escargot or, a regional special, mussels in cream served with fries at La Taverne Paillette. This is one of the few buildings to survive the bombings of the war and actually dates back to 1596. Reasonable prices and great atmosphere make for an authentic, French experience.
|Looking down on the chocolate store from the tea salon|
|Look at that variety!|
|The art museum|
|The Volcano and St Joseph|
Hopefully this list will dispel the myth that Le Havre is nothing but a gray, boring city. In truth, Le Havre is an intriguing and dynamic city. It may not have the typical look of older French cities but it still has much to offer to any tourist. From food to art, this city is a gem of French culture along the Seine estuary. Give it a chance if you're in the Normandy area. It may surprise you how vibrant this city truly is!