Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French

Paris, France

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Highlights

If you appreciate the finer things in life - the art, food, history, cooking, cheese, wine, novels, gardens, castles, then this trip is for you.  This trip will bring us to towns, villages that inspires well-known masters such as Coco Chanel, Claude Monet, Leonarda Da Vinci, Marcel Proust, and Eugène Boudin and many more.  We will also be experiencing the fine living of French nobles and commoners, from staying in castles to eating out in Michelin Star Restaurants.  Therefore, this trip will be a slow paced trip for those that want to experience the fine living of the French.  If visiting France is all about Eiffel Tower and branded goods shopping, then this trip is not for you.  If you are like me that wants an immersive experience of the locals, and this is what travel means to me, please join me and I will see you in Normandy France.

- Follow the footsteps of impressionist master Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny and Le Havre city where Claude Monet's masterpieces are painted
- Witness the marvelous chateau of Leonardo da Vinci, resting on the landscape near the royal grounds of the Amboise Chateau
- Discover the enrapturing medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary history that took place in the Chateau du Blois
- Explore the unique island of Mont Saint Michel off the coast of Normandy and wandering along the twisting alleyways
- Stroll through the World War II memorials around the beaches of Utah and Omaha
- Discover Norman D-Day Beaches, where the allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, and the American Cemetery at Colleville
- Revel in the true culture and heritage of Breton on the northern shores of France with a taste of the local oysters
- View the stunning Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century
- Tour Deauville is known as the Parisian Riviera and was the inspiration behind Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel
- Visit Loire Valley where is best known for its wine and castles
- Eat in Michelin Star restaurants
- Staying in rural castles, rustic farmhouses, and charming B&B
- Understand the Parisians way of life from the eyes of a Parisan

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceAn art piece by Monet, titled "The artist's garden at Giverny"

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceWe will be visiting the house of Monet, photo by Michal Osmenda licensed under CC BY 2.0

It was in Rouelles (one of the largest parks of Le Havre) that Monet had his "revelation" as he was on his way to paint with Eugène Boudin! It was there, on the outer harbor, that he painted "Impression, Sunrise," giving birth to the revolutionary artistic movement of impressionism.  Let's get to Le Havre to see the place for ourselves.

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceAnother masterpiece by Monet, titled "The boardwalk on the beach at Trouville".

We will follow the footsteps of Monet to Trouville a France’s original seaside resort, which caught the attention of wealthy Parisians in the Louvre looking for an new alternative to their holiday. Monet immortalised one of those gems, the Hotel des Roches Noires in 1870, this is also a spot frequented by Marcel Proust and later Marguerite Duras. Honfleur, another townlined with 16th to 18th century townhouses, a town where Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin draws inspiration. Then we move on to Deauville, also known as the Parisian Riviera and was the inspiration behind 'Coco' Chanel's relaxed maritime creations and where she opened her first fashion boutique.

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceTownhouse of Honfleur Port, possibly the best prettiest harbours in all of France.

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceDeauville Normandy photo by Thegoodlifefrance licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Before heading west, we will visit Cabourg a town Marcel Proust immortalized in his novel "Within a Budding Grove". Proust first went to the seaside resort staying at the famous Grand Hotel de Cabourg to treat his asthma in 1881, he was then 10 years old. As an adult, he lived for many years in the Grand Hotel near the boardwalk that now bears his name.

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceBayeux centre, photo by Mairie de Bayeux licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceThe Cathedral at Rouen, another Monet's masterpiece and this is also my favourite piece, photo by Frédéric BISSON licensed under CC BY 2.0

In Rouen, we wonder the streets and visit the Old Marketplace of Rouen.  In 30th of May 1431 Joan of Arc, the first girl that incarnated the sense of belonging to the French nation against the English invaders, lived her last months in the city of Rouen.  Close to the spot she was executed, you can still see many half-timbered houses dating back to the Hundred Years War which ended near Omaha beach, at Formigny the 14th of April 1450.

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceThe Mont-Saint-Michel is one of Europe’s most unforgettable sights.

Located in the bay where Normandy and Brittany merge. The story of how the mount turned into a great place of Christian pilgrimage is colourful. It is claimed that the Archangel Michael himself pressured Aubert the bishop into having a church built atop the island just out to sea.

Then we will stroll along Norman D-Day beaches and let the lcoal expert relives the memories where the allied forces landed on June 6, 1944.

Let's move on to Loire Valley to visit the outstanding castles, drink local wines, and learn cooking.  This region is known as the “Garden of France,” often visited by kings, and inspiration to artists of all kinds during the Renaissance.The Loire Valley, France is best known as being the home to many important castles and 100s of them. Many of these date from the 15th to 17th centuries when the region was much loved by many of the French Kings and noblemen, who competed to build ever more elaborate and luxurious chateaux.  Loire Valley also the last home to Leonardo Da Vinci, we will follow the footsteps of Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise where he spent the last three years of his life.  The Loire Valley is also known for its outstanding red, white, rosé and sparkling wines.  The majority production is white wine from the Chenin blanc, Sauvignon blanc and Melon de Bourgogn.

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceChâteau de Chambord, photo by Sachitha Obeysekara licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceDrinking Sparkling rose wine in Loire Valley, photo by Jameson Fink licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceGardens of Château de la Barre in Loire Valley, photo by Pedro Szekely licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Follow the footsteps of the Masters and experience the fine living of the French starting at Paris, FranceVineyards in Loire Valley, photo by Objectif Nantes licensed under CC BY 2.0