Saturday, September 3 Paris to Chambray
We will collect you from Pontoise,
Paris, after which you will spend one week at our villa near Giverny. 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!
Château d'Auvers sur Oise
Our house in Chambray
Saturday, September 10 Chambray to Chartres
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, September 11 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, September 12 - Tuesday, September 13 Mont St. Michel
& St. Malo
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, September 14 - Friday, September 16 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, September 17 Time to leave, to return to Paris or to
continue your journey of discovery. Au revoir!