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On this small-group day trip from Paris, discover two of the most colorful sites in Normandy, Giverny and Rouen.
Enjoy the most beautiful views of the alabaster coast with Etretat, its impressive cliffs and the charm of this old fishing village. Visit the fabulous MUMA museum with one of the most important impressionist collections.
On this small-group day trip from Paris, discover one of the most amazing views in Normand, Etretat and Alabaster Coast. Known all over the world, Etretat is undoubtedly the most impressive sight of the Normandy coast. Before it became a popular destination, Etretat was known as a small fishing port, famous for its hikes, which Marie Antoinette loved.
In 1843, Etretat and its sea and sunbathing became popular thanks to the novelist Alphonse Karr. He said, “If I have to show the sea to a friend, it will be in Etretat.”
The small fishing village continues to grow
Between the cliffs, pretty villas are built. The casino opens its doors during the 19th century. The arrival of the railway increases its notoriety. From 1890, Etretat became a perfect seaside resort. Renowned writers fall in love with this magical and picturesque setting: Maupassant, André Gide, or Maurice Leblanc, who will make the hollow needle the lair of gentleman burglar Arsène Lupine.
With its narrow streets, seafront, small shops and sunset on the incredible cliffs, Etretat is a small romantic city. The famous Etretat cliffs inspired many artists. Courbet made more than fifty paintings of seascapes, cliffs and waves… Monet was also fond of this landscape and painted it in all weathers. Admire the world-famous scenery of the Etretat cliff.
Enjoy lunch before discovering the MUMA Museum in Le Havre.
Discover the remarkable post-war architecture of Le Havre. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Le Havre is an atypical, modern city that was rebuilt after WW2 by the architect Auguste Perret. In the 19th century, Le Havre was a major port industrial city dedicated to raw materials and passenger transport. Find this particular light that inspired Claude Monet. He painted “Impression Sunrise” here in 1872. This work gave its name to the impressionist movement.
Musée d’Art moderne André Malraux
This museum by the sea dedicated to light in its multiple forms presents an exceptional collection of artists inspired by the city of Le Havre: Boudin, Renoir, Pissaro, Sisley, Degas, Courbet and Corot… You’re sure to be enchanted by this exceptional museum.