Normandy

Normandy – a Mecca for artists and the region of excellent cider and the most famous cheese in France

Normandy is not far from the French capital. Just two hours by car northwest of Paris and you find yourself in a different region of France, where many Parisians love to spend theirs holidays and vacations. Coming to the North Sea one can enjoy wonderful beaches with the most fine and clean sand, the freshest seafood from local markets as well as wonderful dairy and meat products. Local breed of cows gives excellent milk from which Norman farmers produce wonderful cheeses - Camembert, Livarot, Neuchâtel or Pont L’Evêque. In Normandy local people prefer cider to wines. They produce this excellent light alcoholic beverage from apples growing in their gardens. Another famous strong alcohol drink – Calvados can be tasted and purchased in numerous farms along the coastal line of cities and villages.

On the way to the North Sea, we will stop in Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The city has preserved the spirit of a mediaeval site. Unlike other old cities of Normandy - Dieppe, Le Havre, Caen, Bayeux that had been heavily bombed during the WWII, Rouen and especially its ancient part had been spared and survived to our day.

We will see its old half-timbered houses, its gothic churches and especially the main cathedral immortalized by the painter- impressionist Claude Monet who had created 30 painting of Rouen Cathedral’s western façade under different effects of constantly changing light.

We won’t miss the old Market Square, where Jeanne d’Arc – a saint of the Roman Church and a French National Heroine - was burned at the stake in 1431.

Then our way lies to a former fishing village Honfleur. Situated in the Calvados department of Lower Normandy and surrounded by the beautiful Normandy countryside Honfleur is a picturesque medieval town spread around the Seine estuary, it has a rich maritime history and is still used as a fishing port today.

Popular with artists, Honfleur is often called the birthplace of Impressionism and if any of the buildings and scenery seem familiar it's quite likely that you will have seen them before in famous paintings by Monet, Turner and Boudin.

We will have our lunch in one of local restaurants crowding around the old port of Honfleur.

Our next stop will be in Trouville-sur-Mer. We will visit its Marine Market, one of the most famous in Calvados. It is very colorful and provides a lot of positive emotions.

Then – a next stop in Deauville founded in the middle of the 19th century as a sea resort of high bourgeoisie class. Today, Trouville and Deauville are virtually merged into one city.

With its race course, harbor, International film festival, conference center, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts of France. It is often referred to as the Parisian Riviera. Since the 19th century, the town of Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort for the international upper class. Deauville is also a desirable family resort for the wealthy. In France, it is known perhaps above all for its role in Proust's In Search of Lost Time.

Its Famous Hotel Normandy, built in the year 1912, has still attracted international clientele with its expensive comfort.

Coco Chanel opened her first boutique in Deauville in 1913.

Claude Lelouch, a film director and producer shot the cult movie “A Man and a Woman” in 1960-s.

On one’s request it is possible to organize a tasting of cider in a small farm near Deauville. The request should be sent to the farm in advance.

Program

  • The city of Rouan;
  • Honfleur;
  • Trouville-sur- Mer and Deauville;
  • Beaches and shops;
  • Cider tasting.

Price and timing

Duration of excursion to Normandy - 8:00 hours.

Price - from 650 € for the group.

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