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Jardin de C. Monet #1B198E2Monet’s House and Garden at Giverny

The property of Claude Monet, bequeathed by his son to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1966, after extensive restorative work became the Claude Monet foundation which opened in 1980. The house with pink plaster, where the father of the impressionist school lived from 1883 to 1926, regained its colourful décor and its past charm and cosiness. In several parts of the house is presented, according to the hanging arrangement chosen by the master of Giverny himself, his valuable collection of Japanese prints. A few steps from the House, the extensive restored Nyphéas workshop houses the Foundation’s shop.

 Photo Jardins Claude Monet © Eure Tourisme, L. Maillard

 

Fondation Claude Monet - 84 rue Claude Monet - 27620 Giverny

Tél : 02 32 51 28 21 / www.fondation-monet.com

 

Musée Impressionnismes GivernyMusée des Impressionnismes in Giverny

The Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny aims to highlight the origins as well as the geographical diversity of this artistic movement. It focuses on the history of impressionism and its after-effects, focusing particularly on the colony of Giverny and the Seine valley. It deals finally with its more distant consequences in the second half of the 20th century. Because if Giverny is an essential step on an impressionist route across Seine Valley, it is also a crucial step in the history of the journey from impressionism to 20th century art.

 

 

MDIG - 99 rue Claude Monet - 27620 Giverny

Tél : 02 32 51 94 65 / www.mdig.fr

 

Cathedrale_-_vue_de_nuit_c_Office_de_Tourisme_de_Chartres_-_Y-WEMAERE[1]Chartres Cathedral

The cathedral is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sublime masterpiece of gothic art, the cathedral boasts 9 sculpted gates (4,000 statues), unique in France, and 2,600 m² of stained glass windows (5,000 figures) dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. The cathedral’s main façade (to the west) has conserved the original 12th century Royal Gateway and its large picture windows, as well as the south tower (on the right, 103 m) and the lower sections of the north tower. The rose window dates from the 13th century, whereas the flamboyant spire of the new tower (on the left, 112 m) was built in the 16th century.

 

 

Cathédrale - 24 Cloître Notre-Dame - BP 131 - 28000 Chartres

Tél : 02 37 21 75 02 / www.cathedrale-chartres.org

 

chateau versailles www.all-free-photos.comChâteau de Versailles

The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful.

 

 

 

 

Château de Versailles - Place d’Armes – 78000 Versailles

Tél. 01 30 83 78 00 / www.chateauversailles.fr

HARAS DU PIN@Pierre JeansonLe Pin National Stud

Le Pin National Stud, fondly called the “Versailles for Horses”, nestles in a green haven covering more than 1,000 ha (2,471 acres) in the Orne county of the Lower Normandy region. Discover the world of horses through an exceptional heritage handed down over the centuries since Louis the 14th, from its architecture to its landscapes, from its horses of various breeds to those men and women whose talents have marked the profession. Yesterday a Royal Stud, today a flagship of the National Stud institution, “Les Haras Nationaux”.

 Photo Haras du Pin ©Pierre Jeanson

 

Haras National du Pin - 61310 Le Pin-au-Haras

Tél : 02 33 36 68 68 / www.haras-national-du-pin.com

 

033U2776_300Rouen©Pierre JeansonThe city of Rouen

A veritable Museum-City, Rouen leaves no visitor indifferent, with its fine half-timbered houses, its paved streets and its gothic churches. Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, was the scene of the martyrdom of Joan of Arc, convicted and then burnt at the stake in 1431 on the Place du Vieux Marché. Rouen is also the “Town with a Thousand Spires”, and over the centuries different parts of the town blossomed with jewels of religious architecture. Notre-Dame Cathedral inspired Monet to paint his Cathedral series. The Church of Saint Maclou, in a beautiful setting, is also worth the visit. The laid out banks of the Seine are a wonderful area to take a stroll, and if it gives you an appetite, so much the better, for Rouen also has a reputation for its good tables. Fans of shopping will not be disappointed, and will find that Rouen is a perfect place for them. Rouen wellcome the Armada, a big gathering of sailboats and warships from around the world.

Photo Rouen©Pierre Jeanson

www.rouentourisme.com

 

Village camembertPerche Regional Nature Park

The Perche Regional Nature Park is an area around Mortagne-au-Perche, Bellême et Nogent-le-Rotrou. You will discover there some forests at the top of hills, “bocage” with hedges and orchards and valleys with wet meadows. Castles, manor houses, churches and rural houses decorate these landscapes.

 

Photo Camembert©Jean-Eric Rubio

 

 

Maison du Parc Naturel du Perche - Courboyer - 61340 Nocé

Tél : 02 33 85 36 36 / www.parc-naturel-perche.fr