In 2017, the people of Le Havre and their friends celebrated the 500th anniversary of the creation of the city by François 1er. It was not the occasion to think too much about the chronology of the events that built and destroyed the city, but rather to inscribe this joyful celebration in the history that continues. This is what is at stake for a city classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: to preserve the past while not hindering the present and, above all, not preventing the future. In a word, to animate a living heritage. This is what its hundreds of thousands of visitors find and appreciate.

Life in Le Havre is not complicated and its inhabitants have a certain simplicity: they know that you can lose everything, but above all that you can find the essential. The days are surprising: thanks to the westerly winds, the morning mist that makes the horn sound is blown away. If threatening clouds follow it, it is so that Eugène Boudin can paint them, and once they have disappeared from the sky, giving way to the sun descending on Cap de La Hève, it is Claude Monet who gives us his impression, sunset. The farewells of the star of the day are awaited by the people of Le Havre: they know that the sky will be adorned with a palette of colours that rival each other like the final bouquet of a daily firework display.

There are so many desires in Le Havre, that there is no lack of projects, whether they are creations or re-uses. The Volcano, for example, whose former multipurpose room has become this superb library that is still vibrant! The Magic Mirror, which has left its place in the Cité numérique but which has not disappeared since it was built on the Quai Frissard. Sciences Po, the superb Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime, the Docks Vauban and the Carré des Docks have revitalized a district! The youth hostel is planned for 2021. Come on, you're convinced: the green flag flies on the beach and the city of Le Havre all year round!

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Les bons plans de Saliha au Havre

Le Havre is a Normandy town that does not immediately make you think of holidays a priori, and yet it is also a seaside destination with 2 km of beach, and its cargo port is worth a guided tour The city is also culturally rich: its city centre is partly listed by UNESCO, its museum the MUMA has the largest collection of impressionist works outside the Musée d'Orsay, and its event "A Summer in Le Havre" is a major exhibition of contemporary ...

Le Havre : escapade inattendue en Normandie

There's a lot to be said for Le Havre. On the history of the city that was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, then saw its city centre rebuilt by the talented Auguste Perret. An architecture that today can only attract the eye of the curious, as the city is so different from neighboring cities and ultimately, all the cities of France. A stroll for a weekend or a long stay allows you to plunge into the heart of a ...

Le Muséum du Havre invite les visiteurs à voyager pour sa réouverture

If the French will probably not be able to travel abroad this summer, the Natural History Museum of Le Havre invites visitors to travel the globe for its upcoming reopening, through various exhibitions. Heading for the extreme south and Antarctica as part of the exhibition L'Aventure Charcot : Du Havre à l'Antarctique (Charcot Adventure : From Le Havre to Antarctica), which follows the first two expeditions that left Le Havre, that of the ...

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