Giverny, Auvers sur Oise
Situated in Normandy, the village of Giverny is world-wide known for Claude MONET’s house and atelier.
It is at one hour far from Paris. During the trip, our guide will tell you about the impressionist painters who went to Giverny to meet Claude Monet.
Claude Monet’s property has been left by his son to the Academie des Beaux Arts in 1966. After a large scale renovation in 1980 it becomes a Foundation.
The house where the painter lived from 1883 to 1926 has its colourful décor and intimate charm of former times. The precious collection of Japanese is displayed in several rooms.
The gardens offer for the admiration of visitors the “painting of the nature” which Claude Monet’s contemporaries considered one of his masterpieces.
The rectangular “Clos Normand”, with archways of climbing plants entwined around brilliantly coloured shrubs, lies before the house and studios offering the palette of varying colours of the painter-gardener who was “ecstatic” about flowers.
Lastly, the water garden with its famous Japanese Bridge, its wisterias, azaleas and its pond has inspired the pictorial universe of the water lilies.
A full day with a visit to the Monet' home in Giverny followed by a charming visit of Auvers on the Oise river where many painters, disciples of Van Gogh were staying. Visit of Van Gogh’s grave and the Auberge Ravoux where he lived until his death.
At one hour from Paris, you will cross the typi-cal French countryside of the Beauce corn attic of the region .
You will discover with our guide the most impressive and majestic gothic cathedral of
Free time to go for a walk in the old city around the cathedral.
Reims - Epernay - Champagne Region
The Champagne’s region is for wine lovers and is also known for its great churches, the most famous one being the Reims Cathedral. Since the 11th Century all the kings of France have come to Reims, the city of coronation, to be crowned in the remarkable cathedral. This is a masterpiece of flamboyant gothic art. Its exceptional ornamentation is marked by curious gargoyles symbolising evil spirits.
Epernay is the home of some of the best known “maisons de champagne”. You will visit the chalky caves and taste prestigious brands of Champagne, Moet et Chandon, Pommery, Louis Roederer. Dom Perignon, was a famous monk who discovered the secret of the alchemy of the Champagne.
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