Saturday, August 20 Pick up at Pontoise, a Metro journey out
Visit the Chateau of Versailles, spend the day, with an audioguide, exploring
the chateau, the gardens, and watching the Musical Fountains Show.
Our overnight stop is in Chartres, in an historic bed and breakfast right next
to the Cathedral. After dinner, we will have a stroll through the city centre,
taking in the amazing spectacle of the City of Lights.
Sunday, August 21 Chartres to Le Tronchet
A morning to explore the old "quartiers" of Chartres, the City of Light
& Perfume. Chartres had the first aerodrome in France, & a school of aviation
was established to train the 3000 pilots during WW1. In 1979 Chartres was on the
first list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Then we will be on our way to the Atlantic coast for a 3 night stay in a converted
abbey, set in a tranquil park.
Monday, August 22 -Tuesday, August 23 Mont St. Michel &
An early morning visit to Mont St Michel (trying to avoid the crowds!). Worth
the uphill walk to visit the Abbey at the top, then a stroll back down past the
small boutique businesses - shopping, anyone?!
A day to visit the walled coastal town of St Malo, where the walls were destroyed
by the Allies in WW11 and totally rebuilt with much of the original stonework.
And the medieval town of Dinan is well worth a visit & a stroll around.
Wednesday, August 24 - Friday, August 26 Le Tronchet to Bayeux
Off to Bayeux. Villedieu-les-Poeles is an interesting stop, a town full of copperware
- cooking pots, bells, ornaments. Across the Cotentin Peninsula to arrive at our
accommodation for the next 3 nights. Time to unpack!
For the next few days we explore the region around Bayeux, visiting the landing
beaches, including the wonderful museum at Arromanches where we can visit the
Circular Theatre & look down over Mulberry Harbour, the artificial harbour
built in 2 weeks to land the soldiers , equipment & transport for the invasion.
A visit to the huge cemetery at Omaha Beach is a must.
Also of course the Bayeux Tapestry!
Saturday, August 27 Bayeux to Chambray
At last to our villa for the next week, on the Eure River. We will spend this
week visiting Monet's Garden at Giverney, the Chateau at Auvers-sur-Oise, where
the Impressionist & Post-Impressionist painters gathered, spend time in Rouen
to visit the Cathedral & wander the quaint narrow streets. And so much more
to do! Or, of course, you can just relax by the pool!
Claude Monet's house at Giverny
Our house in Chambray
Saturday, September 3
Time to be taken back to the station at Pontoise for your journey back into Paris,
& your onward travels.