Colette wanted to go to Le Havre and Rouen for two special exhibitions: 325 works by Boudin, who has not had a major exhibition since 1910 - in Le Havre at the stunning MuMa (out of whose windows one sees the break in the seawalls towards the Atlantic) and in Rouen for the Third Year of Impressionist Art; this dedicated to portraits, dozens of them. She liked each and everyone but I must admit I was stunned by only one - the Turneresque Boudin 1884 of Low Tide.
In true blogger fashion though I must relate a personal impression of Le Havre; it was a Sunday in July and getting taxis or public transportation around was nigh impossible. It was only because of Colette's assertiveness and the kindness of strangers, including one taxi-driver grabbing lunch in the Gare, a waitress going off duty at the L'Orchidee and a local couple exiting the Boudin show, that we were able to get around.
About the food; it was pretty much truck-stop stuff circa 1950; what follows are photos from L'Orchidee in Le Havre and Minute et Mijote (I didn't have the heart to expose the Brasserie called the Taverne de la Pailette: