In May 2007 we decided to spend a week in a cottage in Percy in Lower Normandy. From there we took several trips to Saint Michel, Caen, Rouen and Couselles-Sur-Mer (famous for the beach landing). All were superb, but one stood out. This is the visit we made to the village of Etretat very close to Le Havre. As they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll post a few pictures.
If you like art, there is no better place to visit than this. In Normandy, along the Seine, near Paris, he arrives at Government House, which was the residence of Claude Monet from 1883. Faced with this, the impressionist painter built gardens where different plants combined to create one of the scenarios that will be represented in many of his works. The visitor goes deeper into a magical garden giving the impression of being sucked into one of the pictures hanging in the Museum D'Orsay, to be abstracted to mere reality. You can stroll through the green paths and get lost among different coloured flowers scattered at random. A lake divides the garden into two and you can cross over the famous Japanese bridge. The strong Japanese influence is reflected in the water which serves as a mirror for the hanging trees planted on the banks of the pond. This scene resembles a watercolor painting with floating water lilies. An afternoon spent outdoors walking through these gardens really brings you closer to the work of Monet. Depending on the time of year, this wonderful place will transport you to a different painting.
The cliffs located in this small town in Normandy are truly impressive. It's a must-see for all those landscape-fanatics who have the good fortune of passing through Normandy. Oh, and the Atlantic water is COLD.
During our visit to Etretat from Percy on the A-29 and shortly before arriving at Le H'avre, we stumbled upon this impressive suspension bridge where there is an imaginary line separating the Upper and Lower Normandy. The bridge length of 2143.21 meters of which 856 are located between the two pillars of it, serves as a bridge over the Seine estuary. They began building it in 1988 and it was finally opened ended officially on the 20th January, 1995. Its length then broke the record of Shanghai surpassing over 250 meters. However it lost its leading position in 1999, when the Tatara Bridge in Japan surpassed it by 34 meters. With regards to the record length of a cable-stayed bridge, it lost in 2004, when they built the Rio-Antirio in Greece. Its inverted pillars are Y-shaped and they measure 214.77 meters. The straps are made of steel filaments covered by a layer of wax and polyethylene sheath, with a length that varies between 95 and 450 meters.
The 16th century astronomical clock is one of Europe's oldest clocks that is still operational. The interior can be visited and also the curious history of the watch and its guardians. The place offers great views of the city (which is lovely, by the way). And you can also enjoy the best cheeses in the world.
The Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Rouen is located in a former convent built around 1640. It was created in 1828 by Felix-Archimede Pouchet. Within the museum you can follow the history of science, which has collections composed of 800,000 objects. This museum is the most diverse in France after that of París. It's main objectives are scientific and educational.
Last week I went with a friend from a cruise and visited several European places. Among them, Rouen, situated in Normandy (Frances). The houses are very peculiar and what is special about this place is that this is where Joan of Arc was burned.
If you go to Rouen in the summer do not miss the show of "Monet aux pixels" that each night is done on the main facade of the cathedral they projected on it, various pixel images (some are paintings by Monet, some not). It's very original and worth seeing in person. I have some photos for you to see it better.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts André Malraux, was named after the renowned French writer André Malraux. This museum is situated in Le Havre, Upper Normandy, France. Here you can see the works of different periods from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and also find sculptures, paintings, etc.. This museum has an important collection of Impressionist art where artists such as Eugene Boudin, Claude Monet and Raoul Dufy are featured.
The Musée national de l \ 'education (Rouen) was founded in Paris by Jules Ferry in 1879. It is made to support lower level education. in other words, it is to provide teaching professionals a concrete pedagogical image for a renewal. It has different photographic content and include files, games and toys, children´s literature, school books and teaching material as well as school furniture, paintings and prints.
This is the largest Gothic building in France, and it has a level of ornamentation that is simply amazing; you could spend ages admiring the building and all its spectacular details. Unfortunately, I couldn't go inside, but there are tours that take place.
The Museum of Fine Arts was created by decree on September Chaptal 1801 and the heart of its collection comes from the French Revolution, including the closure of many religious institutions that followed. It can be found on the first on the 1st floor of City Hall, and opened the present building, designed by architect Louis Sauvageot, in February of the year 1880.
Flaubert Bridge is known to be one of the most important European drawbridges. It is particularly impressive to watch it being lifted, sure to inspire a sense of vertigo in you. The size and height of the bridge are amplified by night, when the structure is lit up. Don't miss it!
The palace is not only a museum. It is also a distillery that was built in the late 19th century. The building itself is very interesting. It combines the neo-Gothic and Renaissance original form. The Palace Museum offers various parties, including the medieval. You can observe a safe where you can see the complicated mechanisms of the locks! The Palace also has an exhibition space where you can see contemporary art. The distillery is interesting, explained on the tour. In the end you taste the Benedictine liqueurs. Personally I'm not a fan, but at least you can discover the taste of liquor you've heard about throughout the visit!