Normandy

La Couronne | the restaurant in Rouen, Normandy that inspired Julia Child

Written by on April 18, 2018 in Celebrity Chefs, Normandy
La Couronne | the restaurant in Rouen, Normandy that inspired Julia Child

The Norman city of Rouen is brimming with historical gems. Located just a 90-mile drive northwest of Paris, Rouen is perhaps best known for its 4th-century Gothic cathedral that so inspired Impressionist painter Claude Monet. In addition to its architecture, Rouen has a reputation as a great center for the literary arts. Authors Gustave Flaubert […]

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What to see and do in Le Havre Normandy

Written by on February 16, 2018 in Normandy
What to see and do in Le Havre Normandy

Le Havre in Normandy is an ancient town with a contemporary footprint. It’s a UNESCO listed city, recognised for its extraordinary architecture. Le Havre’s origins go back to 1517 when Francis 1 commissioned the construction of a port, it was known then as Francispolis. These days Le Havre is one of the biggest of French […]

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Be a temporary local on this very best of Normandy tour

Written by on February 8, 2018 in Normandy, Tours in France
Be a temporary local on this very best of Normandy tour

Normandy is a land of lush meadows, gorgeous beaches, bucolic countryside, picturesque villages, grand monuments and historic sites. It’s famous for its apples and cheese, delicious gastronomy and friendly people. It is the perfect place to get to know real, authentic France and there’s no better way to do that than with a local guide […]

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Monet’s House at Giverny Normandy

Written by on February 5, 2018 in Art and Artists, Normandy
Monet’s House at Giverny Normandy

Monet’s house in Giverny in the Eure Department, Normandy is a true delight. And, its a really unexpected bonus if you’re only going for the gardens. It’s not big or grand but there’s something about it, a feeling that it looks as it did when the great artist lived there. You almost expect him to […]

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Claude Monet’s Garden Giverny Normandy

Written by on February 5, 2018 in Art and Artists, Normandy
Claude Monet’s Garden Giverny Normandy

Monet’s House and Gardens Monet’s house and gardens are open to the public from April to October each year. They lure more than 500,000 people to this tiny little town in Normandy, northwest of Paris. Visitors flock to admire the pretty pink house where Monet lived until his death in December 1926. All fall in […]

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Monet’s Garden | The water lily pond

Written by on February 5, 2018 in Art and Artists, Normandy
Monet’s Garden | The water lily pond

There are two distinct parts to  the artist Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, Normandy. A flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road. Monet moved into the house in 1883 and took to gardening with relish. When the railway line that […]

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France at a glance: Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Normandy, Readers Photos
France at a glance: Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy

It’s an iconic landmark and one of the most incredible monuments in Europe, actually I think of it as one of the wonders of the world. Located on the edge of Normandy and almost in Brittany (which once claimed this little island for its own), the iconic landmark can be seen from miles around. This […]

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A Day With Claude Monet In Giverny

A Day With Claude Monet In Giverny

“His intellect never flags, he is eager to see and express everything. For Monet, there are too many subjects – there is beauty in everything that exists. All of it should be painted. Life is too short to try and set limits on its variety of sights and infinity of sensations.” Gustave Geoffrey, 1922 A […]

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Learn to Cook in Normandy | Perfect French cooking experience

Learn to Cook in Normandy | Perfect French cooking experience

Chef Spencer Richards from the UK spent years taking holidays in Normandy with this family. He loved the culture and the history and especially the fabulous gastronomy of the northern French region. Eventually he couldn’t resist the lure of Normandy any more. He moved to St Hilaire Du Harcouet, Manche, and set up Normandy Cooking […]

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Where to spend Family Holidays in Normandy France

Written by on April 24, 2017 in Holidays & Things to do, Normandy
Where to spend Family Holidays in Normandy France

With the May half term falling right at the end of the month and into June, it’s the perfect time to take a late spring break in France. One of the best places to enjoy a holiday at this time of the year is Normandy, easily accessible from the UK via Brittany Ferries and DFDS […]

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