I created my first web site written in HTML in Notepad. Unfortunately the free site I use to host it uses ads that mess up my hard work, still here it is. http://www.stormloader.com/users/shaunwood/
I loved learning all the tricks and spent hours trying different HTML I found on some really helpful sites. I even put on a poll! Getting a good understanding of HTML is going to be a huge help when I start using Frontpage. Still I am really impressed with my creation so far and I am finding it incredibly satisfying writing it in HTML.
Some lessons I learnt: Save, save and backup! HTML is very logical, like a puzzle, have fun and close your tags.
HTML coding and tutorial sites I recommend.
http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp - This is very clearly laid out and easy to use HTML.