Why did I want to go to Le Havre?
October 4, 2019 3:59 AM   Subscribe

A few years ago I must have seen something on Le Havre France and wrote it down on my big bucket list of places to visit before I die. Now I'm down to some of my last few places. And for the life of me I can't figure out why I put it down. Is there anything amazing there?
posted by rileyray3000 to Travel & Transportation around Le Havre, France (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The post-war concrete city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Does anything in this article or this one jog your memory?
posted by Busy Old Fool at 4:27 AM on October 4, 2019

It was the city's 500th anniversary in 2017, with the festivities including a performance by the giant puppets of the Royal de Luxe troupe.
posted by misteraitch at 4:39 AM on October 4, 2019 [3 favorites]

Are you a board game player? There's a game named after it.
posted by Candleman at 6:43 AM on October 4, 2019 [2 favorites]

I've wanted to visit St. Joseph's Church there ever since I saw this post about it.
posted by theodolite at 7:20 AM on October 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

Maybe your bucket list includes "going somewhere and just being surprised"?
posted by amtho at 7:25 AM on October 4, 2019 [2 favorites]

It's the birthplace of fictional character Jean Rocque Raltique from the classic adventure anime Nadia of the Mysterious Seas, but…honestly, that's probably not why.
posted by Sokka shot first at 7:49 AM on October 4, 2019 [4 favorites]

It's a very common cruise port, so you might look at the excursions offered to see if any of them strike your fancy. It was also the site of some large battles in WWII?
posted by wnissen at 8:31 AM on October 4, 2019

Had you read Sartre’s Nausea?
posted by kevinbelt at 9:14 AM on October 4, 2019

You're a huge fan of Julia Child, who landed in Le Havre in 1948 and enjoyed the most memorable meal of her life a couple of hours later (in Rouen, as she made her way to Paris).

You're a huge fan of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and planned a visit, and thought to make a side jaunt to Le Havre for its WWII history, post-war architecture, or to have a beer and sauerkraut at La Taverne Paillette.

You're a huge fan of architecture and/or the Impressionists: The Musée d'art moderne André Malraux (also known as Musée Malraux and simply MuMa) is a museum in Le Havre, France containing one of the nation's most extensive collections of impressionist paintings.[...] The museum departs from the tradition of closed museums, designed by Lagneau in close cooperation with curator Reynold Arnoult to develop a flexible space in harmony with the marine environment. Facing the sea, the museum is a smooth and transparent assembly of glass and steel posed on a concrete pad. Installed above the roof, the aluminum louver blades were created by the engineer Jean Prouvé, providing control over the natural light that floods the building. [...] The large windows of the Malraux museum let in the highly variable light of the Normandy coast, a light that inspired many of the painters in the museum's collections.
posted by Iris Gambol at 3:16 PM on October 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

The Brutalist city center, as Busy Old Fool mentioned, is one thing to see. St Joseph's Church is one of the most remarkable buildings I've ever been in in my life. The Espace Oscar Niemayer is also quite striking.
posted by asterix at 5:44 PM on October 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

(I spent a bunch of time in Le Havre this summer. Feel free to MeMail me if you have more questions or want tips if you visit!)
posted by asterix at 5:46 PM on October 4, 2019

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