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Most ferry passengers head straight out of the port of LE HAVRE as quickly as the traffic will allow to escape a city that is regularly dismissed as a dismal transport hub. While it's hardly picturesque or tranquil, however, it's not such a soulless urban sprawl, even if the port – the largest in France after Marseille – does take up half the Seine estuary, extending way beyond the town. The city was originally built in 1517 to replace the ancient ports of Harfleur and Honfleur, then silting up. Under the simple name of Le Havre – "The Harbour", it became the principal trading …
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