Retracing the footsteps of the impressionists, be seduced by the unique light and landscapes of the Seine Valley!
Giverny, a setting straight from a Monet painting. Rouen, the city of the first exhibitions. Etretat, which bore the easels of the impressionists numerous times. Follow in the footsteps of Monet, Manet, Pissaro, Sisley, Renoir and the many other luminous names who found an inexhaustible source of inspiration in Normandy, and take your turn to revive your colour spectrum.
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Home to Monet’s family residence, Giverny was the inspiration for many of the painter’s famous works. Enter the world of impressionism with a walk in Monet’s garden, often depicted in his paintings, followed by a visit to the Museum of Impressionism which features a number of works from the painters of this period. Tracing Monet’s steps, stop-off at Vernon to admire the famous hanging house and Andélys, a double town situated at the foot of the splendid Château Gaillard which offers a unique view of the Seine Valley. Spend the evening in Rouen.
It’s difficult to visit Rouen without being struck by the medieval soul of the city’s rich past. Following Sisley, Pissaro and Lemaitre, stroll through the old town and Rues Damiette, Eau-de-Robec and Martainville and be sure to look up to admire the half-timbered houses on your way to the cathedral, the abbey and l’aître Saint Maclou. Allow time to enjoy the excellent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts before visiting the Jardin d’Art et d’Essai in Normanville, developed around a 17th century cauchoise mansion. Arrive early evening in Etretat.
The passion of artists for Etretat and its surroundings will be of no surprise when you see the cliffs from the summit. Boudin, Monet and Courbet took much of their inspiration from these stunning landscapes. Stroll along trails overlooking the sea to take in the colours and lush nature before you. Lunch in Etretat and on the way back stop off at Fécamp known for its magnificent Palais Bénédictine, a masterpiece that combines neo-gothic and neo-renaissance art.
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