Honfleur and the window displays

Last week we had our windows replaced and luckily the weather wasn’t too cold or wet, otherwise the dog and I would have been quite miserable, huddled in the one useable room. To prepare for the job, it took me a lot longer than I thought it would clear the windowsills of stuff and plants.


It turns out that I have far more house plants than I would have guessed, for instance I counted seven orchids in there, three Jade plants, eight aeonium zwartkop, various succulents and cacti etc. Suffice it to say that I like my windows dressed, preferably with green vegetation.

That put me in mind of a series of photographs that I took on a short break to Honfleur in Normandy at the end of August. Honfleur is stuffed to the teeth with charm, picturesque views, harbours, churchs, tourists and fish restaurants. Plus hundreds of small boutique shops. It was the window displays in these shops that caught my eye. They were, by turns, quirky, compulsive, collective, eye-catching and interesting. In fact I’d consider stealing some of their ideas now that the new windows are in. (There might be alternative views to take into account I suppose). Anyhow, for fun, I present to you a selection of these delightful french displays:


Classic patisserie


Yummy macarons


Flavoured marine salts


This is Normandy after all!


I love this one … La Cure Gourmande


Ummm … preserved beetles and bugs. (I think this was an antique furniture shop)


Cheese, including hearts


Massive, table-sized nougats and heaps of glacéd fruits


Madeleines and chocolate

Mostly food admittedly, but that seems to naturally lead to fanciful groupings. I only went inside one of these shops to buy something. Any guesses?

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17 Responses to Honfleur and the window displays

  1. curioussteph says:

    I’m getting ready to cook dinner, and your photos have sharpened my appetite! Only one shop: the macarons–yummy, your words.

  2. Tina says:

    New windows–yay for you! We replaced our old windows two years ago with Pella and have been so happy. Bird watching and photographing are so much easier with nice, easy-to-clean windows. Your photos of the gorgeous foods of various sorts have signaled that it’s time for dinner. Wish I had some of those macarons.

  3. Thanks for the chuckle, and for the reassuring news that I’m not alone in my love of collecting house plants! Lovely photos of the shop window displays in Normandy, as well.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I would have gone for the madeleines and chocolate!
    Enjoy the new windows. 🙂

  5. Cheese? Surely! Hope you are pleased with the windows

  6. Brian Skeys says:

    I would have chosen the calvados, for medicinal reasons of course!

  7. I was going to guess The Cure Gourmande but I see you have already given the answer. Such beautiful displays except for the poor insects 🌼

    • I’d have been happy sampling just about all the displays! Hard to know when to give the answer without spoilering the post (using a link to a separate file or something?) – I did wait a few days before giving the answer though.

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