Cherbourg, one of France’s great Channel ports, is closely linked to French naval history, and to transatlantic adventures. The town is maritime, and it has arranged several sail festivals. Not this time, but every time Christian Radich arrives a new port, the beautiful ship gets attention from photographers and other interested. Located at the top of Normandy’s substantial, western Cotentin peninsula, the deep natural harbour in Cherbourg, is surrounded by steep wooded hillsides.

Cherbourg prides itself on a vibrant local lifestyle and culture with its Italian-style theater, art and history museums, its basilica, the Ravalet castle and, of course, the Cité de la Mer. Set on the green slopes of the Cotentin, the city hosts the second largest artificial harbour in the world, part of the legacy of the 18th century.


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With its extensive coastline, seafood is one of Normandy’s specialties, including shellfish, lobster, clams, whelks, scallops, mussels and oysters from the Manche and Calvados départements, and scallops and herrings from Seine-Maritime. Another culinary speciality is sauce à la crème or sauce au Camembert.

Cherbourg is around 6 hours from Paris. You can fly to Paris and take train og a car to Cherbourg. Cherbourg can be reached from Paris St Lazare on a direct train, otherwise there are services to Brittany and to (sometimes) the southwest of France.

Ship location in Cherbourg