Today is the constellation day… the convoluted reason we are continuing our itinerary to Varengeville-sur-Mer… starting from Miro’s Constellations… surprised by the constellation of artists in Varengeville-sur-Mer… BRAQUE, MIRÓ, CALDER, NELSON… at the Musée des Beaux-Arts… under the spell of Calder/Miró Constellations… anxious to see the birthplace of both constellation… not before one last tour in Rouen…
Walking in circles… on the lovely Rouen streets… finding the delicious Le Fournil du Carre d’Or… la Jeanne d’Arc & le Monet… yummy Macarons de Grand’Mère Auzou… picnic by the Cathedral… closing the circle past the Jeanne d’Arc memorial… so many interesting places… so little time… Rouen was such an enjoyable and surprising city blending art and history, medieval past and fresh trends that needs more than one night stay!
A change of pace… an hour drive from vibrant Rouen… through the lush greenery of Normandy… to the charming village of Neufchâtel-en-Bray… on the Route de Fromages de Normandie… the cheese market is closed… but we find traiteurs, fromageries, boulangeries… friendly people and a welcoming village… a nice museum of local traditions… labels in both French and English… our tour ended with a fire alarm… a short but memorable visit!
Another hour drive through Normandy’s lovely landscape… to Le Moulin Fleuri du Petit Appeville… happy playful kids… picnic in the garden by the creek… can’t get much better than that… except when you end a wonderful day on a beautiful beach on the Alabaster Coast… on la plage à Pourville… and you find out one month later the story behind Monet’s soleil couchant…
Here, you are standing before the beach that Monet painted in 1882, when he came to stay in Pourville with his family. After arriving at Dieppe, the painter travelled the coast in search of inspirational subjects. He soon fell in love with this little hamlet to the west of Dieppe. It was here that he painted a long series of canvases, depicting in turn the beach, the boats and the fishermen’s nets. With this sunset, and its free and bold brushstrokes in tones of blue and orange, the painter has transfigured his << joie de vivre >>.
Thu, 06/20 Rouen – Varengeville-sur-Mer: Le Moulin Fleuri du Petit Appeville
La Route de fromage: Neufchâtel-en-Bray
Varengeville-sur-Mer (Le village préféré des Français 2016)…
Plateau de Caux Maritim: VEULES-LES-ROSES
Hôtel De La Terrasse, Varengeville-sur-Mer
Relais Hôtelier Douce France