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    Maison Claude Monet

    by gwened Updated Apr 10, 2014

    this is the pilgrimage of all lovers of the impressionist painting school and especially of local leyend Claude Monet. this is his history and my hommage. I used to go here a lot for even lunch or see the museum when lived not too far.

    The House where Claude Monet lived from 1883 to 1926, is refitted as he lived it ,keeping the pink plaster, repainted in the colors of his palette (doors and Green Shutters; yellow bright chrome dining room decorated with prints Japanese from the 18th and 19th centuries the dominant blue, kitchen with its tiled walls of faience blue and white ceramic of Rouen, and sky blue lacquered furniture. Same for the garden, he diverted a branch of the Epte to power a pond crossed by the Japanese bridge. Collector of horticultural journals, he shows himself perfectionist for his garden: engaging up to seven gardeners, which is daily to remove drops of rain or dew on water lilies. When the death of Claude Monet, December 5, 1926, Michel, his only surviving son, inherits the property of Giverny, the paintings contained therein and the extensive collection of Japanese prints. Preferring running safaris in Africa, it is not attracted by the family home. White Monet-Hoschedé, daughter of Alice and widow of Jean, the eldest son of Monet, maintains the House and the garden, with the help of the head gardener Lebret. White died in 1947, the garden is almost abandoned and nature takes its rights...Michel Monet died in 1966 in a car accident. Without an heir, he bequeathed by will the property and the collections of Giverny at the Academy of fine arts.

    In the House where lived Claude Monet for 43 years, you can visit:on the ground floor: "small blue room" (reading room), groceries (warehouse), salon-workshop, the dining room (on the walls, the collection of Japanese prints), and the kitchen (with the blue tiles, Rouen, a huge stove and copper utensils);on the first floor: the apartments private with Monet room, the Alice 's bedroom and their toilets.
    In front of the House, the gardens recreated identically, consist of Clos Normand and water garden. Le Clos Normand has been shaped from the pictorial knowledge of Monet. When Monet moved to Giverny, it is conquered by the garden of one hectare constituted a apple orchard and a vegetable garden that runs along the House. A large driveway lined with Cypress and spruce leads to the arch door, and beds are lined with boxwood. He devoted years to the Clos Normand . It is remove the boxwood and the spruce and replaces them with metal poles. He plants the garden of thousands of flowers according to a rectilinear plan, including nasturtiums, roses, daffodils, tulips, daffodils, iris, poppies East and peonies.
    The work of Monet testifies to a passion for the play of light and reflections of clouds on the water. In 1893, he acquired a plot of land at the bottom of the Clos Normand, who became the 'water garden' passed to posterity, especially with water lilies, he created a monumental canvases in 1897. The water garden reflects the fascination of Monet for Japan. He built a Japanese bridge painted green and is planted with Orientals such as bamboo, Ginkgo biloba, maples, arbusives of the Japan peonies, lilies and weeping willows. Finally, Monet plant of water lilies at the bottom of the basin. The water garden was of the beginning the subject of constant and meticulous care, occupying a gardener full-time.

    The major part of the work of Claude Monet is preserved at the Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris 16éme). On the other hand the House of Monet hosts over 200 prints by ukiyo-e, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries including major works by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Monet passion for Japanese art prints dates back to his years of artistic training in le Havre and is visible in some of the aesthetic choices made at Giverny, including at the water garden. Prints the most famous include one of the copies of the great wave of Kanagawa and the Mount Fuji of Hokusai.

    wonderful

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    musée d'Evreux;museum of History and archeology

    by gwened Written Dec 23, 2013

    a museum of history and art next to the Cathedral. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h- 12h and 14h- 18h free admission! Closed Jan 1, May 1, Nov 1 and 11, Dec 25

    Founded in 1873, the Museum of Évreux is installed since 1961 in the former Bishop's Palace, building built around 1600 on the grounds of the low Roman empire by Raoul de Fou (Bishop of Évreux from 1479 to 1511).

    The Evreux museum displays rich collections such as Archaeology, with several major pieces such as the famous bronze statues of Jupiter and Apollo, grow next to the Gallo-Roman ramparts (3C ).Housed in the former Bishop's Palace (late 15C), the Museum has a fine collection on the history of the bishopric (goldsmith and sculpture medieval and Renaissance) and presents its collection of decorative arts, furniture and paint (Flanders, Holland, Italy, France) at its 17C, 18C and 19C shows.Museum of Évreux remains also an important group of works from the second half of the 20C with works by major artists such as Simon Hantaï, Zao Wou - Ki, Pierre Soulages, Hans Hartung.

    Regularly, the Museum presents temporary exhibitions and participates in cultural events of national scope (Journées européennes du Patrimoine, night of museums, etc.). Throughout the year, a program of activities is developed in order to discover the richness of the collections ranging from the Palaeolithic to the 21C.

    Very nice indeed and nice building too

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    The Docks

    by gwened Written May 26, 2013

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    This is a mix place, it can be shopping, nightlife, restaurants,or as I have determine put in The Things to Do, as many things can be done for the entire day and night here. It is a magical place good for the whole family and else. They used to be the old docks thereby the name, but now renovated kept and re use as a wonderful complete arts entertainment and shopping place.

    The bassin du Vatine and Vauban the wonderful complex of the Docks. Here you have a nice cinema Gaumont, restos, shops in an old dockyard building totally restore to house this complex. THe Dock Océane for expo, theater ,arts, the Les Bains de Docks for a water park, Docks Café, and Jardin Fluvial.

    The whole complex is great and easily spent. Here you have the Océane and Café expo places, http://www.dockslehavre.com/ ;
    Then you have the shopping and restos here, Docks Vauban, http://www.docksvauban.com/W/do/centre/accueil,
    The cinema Gaumont has its site here http://www.cinemasgaumontpathe.com/cinemas/cinema-gaumont-docks-vauban-le-havre/ ,
    The Les Bains de Docks is closed until september 2013 but should be good then ,have a pool indoors, site here http://www.vert-marine.com/les-bains-des-docks-le-havre-76/ ,
    The jardin fluvial is over 2 hectares or almost 5 acres of over 700 meters long ,all bordering the quais de la Saône ,and de la Marne. Here is more in French, http://lehavre.fr/dossier/le-jardin-fluvial-0

    just great easy as bus and tramway criss cross the place front and back; we took bus line 3 and it was good, plus hotels all around we were across street see tip.
    The GAumont cinema opens 7/7 from 11h to 01h
    Stores open 7/7 from 10h to 20h
    the Leclerc supermarket opens mondays to saturdays from 9h30 to 20h30 and Sundays from 9h to 13h
    Restaurants open 7/7 from service lunch to 23h
    You have welcome center, access for folks with impaired mobility, rest arounds wiht sofas, restrooms/baths, provides carriages for babies on rentals, parking for 1500 cars, taxi outsie available always.ATM cash distributors, free WiFI, photo store, I Pad place.10 entrance points from 0 by Docks Océane to Porte 9 by E Leclerc supermarket.

    Some of the stores favorites of ours are mango,zara,eram,H&M, Esprit,Quilsilver,Jules,Marionnaud, boulanger, la grandé recré,micromania,Gaumont cinema, Leclerc supermarket, Courtepaille resto, El Rancho resto, O Blé Gourmand, Pizza del Arte, Pomme de Pain,and Subway.

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    Musée d'Arts Moderne André Malraux-Le Havre

    by gwened Written May 25, 2013

    We had no time to go in this time so photos to come, but it is a must in the city one of the best museum on modern art.

    This year is the event of Camille Pissaro 110 years after the visit b the painter. Overlooking the sea is already wonderful, inside is magical, really need to see it. And I again.

    You will see works by Pissaro, Boudin, Monet,Gauguin, Renoir, and Van Dongen, Marquet, Camoin, Dufy, and Friesz. You get the idea....

    admission now is 9€ adults and schedules are open Mondays to Fridays from 11h to 18h, Saturdays and Sundays from 11h to 19h

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    Marché aux poissons-Le Havre

    by gwened Updated May 25, 2013

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    well this is a thing to do and shopping, but some most come here and dont cook I amputting it here

    it is a historical place in town,known by all, and a must to come here when in the city.

    It is by the pont du docteur paul denis and in front of the famous Maison de l'Armateur,the fisherman come here with their fresh catch, and open up on the stalls already installed. The quality is the best and the prices unbeatable.

    Fruits, vegetables and regional products are also sold. Open 7/7 unless storm, from 14h30 to 19H for further info call the mayor's office at +33 02 35 19 45 45.

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    The beautiful Cathedral-Evreux

    by gwened Written Jun 13, 2012

    One of the best in Normandy for sure. A must to see

    born out of rivalty between the kings of France and the Dukes of Normandy that became kings of England. The Cathedral as a building was first mentioned in 912AD by Guillaume de Jumièges. It was rebuilt in the 11C ,burn by Henry I king of England in 1119AD, the church rebuilt again between 1125 and 1140AD (only remains the arcades of the nave) ,was burned again by king Philippe Auguste in 1194 in its fight with king Richard the Lion Hearted.

    Again burned in the war of 100 years in 1356AD ,it was again restore under king Louis XI a century after. In the 16C the facade was added on the north and portico, then a tower on the south was restored, finally in the 17C the north tower was finish.

    In 1940, the German air force partially destroyed it and on June 11 1940 it was in flames. The fire detroyed the fine organ from the 18C. Finally in August of 1983 a hurricane damage part of the glass enclosure in the choir.

    You must see it, this is the schedule of plays organ style

    http://orgues.evreux.free.fr/english/news/pages/page-presentation-news.htm

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    Visit the Chateau de Beaumesnil

    by neocamino Written Apr 7, 2012

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    The Chateau de Beaumesnil makes for a great visit. The castle, the gardens and the interiors can be visited as well as a bookbinding museum. It is a Louis XIII style castle and is nicknamed the "Versailles Normand", that says it all !

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    Itineraires impressionnistes

    by aemilys Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You've perhaps been to the museums or you took a course in art history...it's just not the same as seeing why they painted here.

    Several towns in Haute Normandy will help you to understand. The light is just so special in Le Havre or in Etretat...they made great paintings and I think that you will be inspired here as well. Light and shadow, you can't go wrong and your vacation photos will be just fab no matter what the weather.

    Wishing you a storm at sea!

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    Take the Abbey Route

    by hquittner Written Jan 26, 2008

    Just down river on the Seine are several churches and ruins of powerful medieval monasteries. If you are traveling by car plan a day either from the from the city or en rote to or from it. The ruins are a delightful way to study the period architectures both Gothic and Romanesque. In St.-Martin a fine church is intact and as a dividend you will see the most picturesque part of the Seine as you drive. The other stops are the Abbeys of Jumieges and Saint-Wandrille.

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    Visit Rouen

    by hquittner Written Jan 19, 2008

    Rouen is a flourishing port city (100+K pop) on the lower navigable reaches of the Seine. It is close enough to Paris to make it a carefully planned day trip, but there is so much to see and do in the city that it is really worth two days of sightseeing and at least one night or even two. It has a famous cathedral and a good Art Museum and interesting memories of Jeanne d'Arc. It is a good base from which to explore nearby sites in Normandy.

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    Saint Wandrille Rancon

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Dec 3, 2006

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    The third abbey that you meet along the D982 is the one of Saint Wandrille Rancon. It was built between 13th and 14th century and destroyed during the French Revolution. Today about 50 Benedectine monks live in the complex.

    More information on my Saint Wandrille Rancon page.

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    Jumièges

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Dec 3, 2006

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    The town of Jumiegès is famous for the ruins of its abbey. It was built in 700 AD and destroyed during the French Revolution.
    The abbaye is located about 15 Km from Rouen along D982.

    More information on my Jumièges page.

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    Saint Martin de Boscherville

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Nov 26, 2006

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    In the small village of Saint Martine de Boscherville you can see the wonderful abbey of Saint George of Boscherville. It was built in 1114 upon the site of a pagan sanctuary and it is one of the best examples of Norman Gothic architecture. The white interior is great. Very interesting is the garden

    More information on the Saint Martin de Boscherville page.

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    Yport

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Nov 8, 2006

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    Yport is a very small town located between Fecamp and Etretat.
    The town is set among two cliffs. To visit Yport is as to make a footstep to the beginnings of the 19th century where the painters flowed in mass to engrave on table these beautiful landscapes.
    A great experience!!

    More information on my Yport page.

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    Fecamp

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Nov 5, 2006

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    The town of Fécamp is located near the most beautiful bluffs of all Normandie from which you can see wonderful landscape. But the town is famous thanks the Abbatiale de la Sainte-Trinitè which was the most important place of pilgrimage before the construction of Le Mont Saint Michel. Interesting is also the Palais Benedectine.

    More information on my Fecamp page.

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