NORMANDY 2016 NEWSLETTER
THIS BEAUTIFUL REGION WILL LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION
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THE PATHWAYS OF IMPRESSIONISM
There is no better way to enjoy the great wealth of beauty in Normandy than on a personalized tour of its iconic landscapes. In the cradle of impressionist art, you will meet curators, specialists and experts who share your passion. We’ve all had our breath taken away by a stunning Renoir or Monet, but how many people can say that they’ve stood at the harbor of Honfleur, sailed the seas of Etretat or strolled through the gardens of Chatou Island? During your luxurious private journey, see the paysages which inspired Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro and Eugène Boudin. Take a journey to the exact sites where your favorite paintings where created and follow in the footsteps of the greats in search of that elusive, perfect light that shimmers upon the waters of the river Seine.
THE BEST OF
NORMAND STALLIONS AND THEIR ILLUSTRIOUS STUD FARMS
Discover the exceptional heritage of the equestrian arts on a behind the scenes VIP visit of the National Stables. Normandy is well known for its prestigious haras, where thoroughbred stallions and mares are raised and trained for competitions. The remarkable saddleries, collections of equestrian carriages and fascinating 18th century architecture give one a snapshot of an era where the horse was the “strength of man”. A privately guided tour of the stallion stables and of the working haras provides distinct perspectives of the world of horses. See national stallions chosen for their blood lines and their performance, working horses, race horses, ponies and donkeys through the eyes of an expert.
IT’S NOW OR NEVER
TRAVEL TO THE DARK AGES
From June 26th to July 3rd 2016, the city of Bayeux dons its fineries for its 30th annual Medieval Festival. Your local expert guide will take you back to the Middle Ages and ensure you get the most out of this fun-filled event while avoiding the crowds. The fabulous medieval market takes place around the Notre Dame Cathedral of Bayeux, where over a hundred artisans gather to exhibit their craftsmanship: beautiful pieces of jewellery, sculptures and fine pottery. There is something to delight everyone, from stonemason workshops and sword fighting demonstrations to renditions of classical music and even fire juggling performances. Go straight to where the action is and learn about Normandy’s rich medieval history.
PRIVATELY GUIDED MONT SAINT MICHEL
Follow your local expert driver/guide to the unique island of Mont Saint Michel, which balances on a 264-foot rock just off the Normandy Coast. The surrounding bay boasts the most extreme variation of tides in Europe – up to 46 feet between high and low waters. When the tide comes, it comes at the speed of a galloping horse! Make sure to visit the medieval abbey church perched at the summit of the mount, which took 500 years to build. Your tour can be combined with a visit to the Christian Dior museum, a bike ride through Granville or a tasting of local specialties such as Calvados, apple cider and Camembert cheese. To visit Mont Saint Michel, stay one or several nights in the Normandy region. Alternatively, a helicopter flight will provide stunning panoramic views and have you back in Paris in time for dinner.
THE AUTHENTIC BENEDICTINE EXPERIENCE
It is said that once upon a time, in the Benedictine Abbey of Normandy, a group of catholic monks developed an aromatic herbal beverage to cure all ails. The Benedictine liquor has since become a favourite ingredient in diverse cocktails, from Martini and Rossi to Bacardi. Accompanied by the in-house archivist, visit the art museum and palace of the Benedictine era to discover artefacts and rare objects hidden from the public eye. See the one-of-a-kind distillery and cellars, and end the visit with a gastronomic meal where traditional recipes and high quality produce take centre stage. Mixology enthusiasts can personalize their visit with a private cocktail mixing workshop, where you will design your own Benedictine creations in the place where it all began.