The garden home where 19th century impressionist Claude Monet spent most of his time attracts half a million visitors each year. His house, garden, the village and its surroundings provided much of the subject matter for many of his masterpieces
Characterful town, not only due to the impressive Gothic cathedral of Saint-Etienne, but also its former episcopal palace which is now home to the Musée Bossuet, with its magnificent collections of paintings, archaeology and sacred art. It is also well known for its local varieties of Brie cheese and mustard.
One of the oldest provinces in France, awash with historical sights, including sites of particular archaeological interest, like Samara in the Somme. A host of splendid Gothic cathedrals and equally beautiful châteaux, such as Condé-en-Brie and Chantilly, picturesque villages and interesting museums provide an enthralling day away from the bustle of the city.
An easy distance from Paris and provides 600kms of contrasting seaside with cliffs, pebbly coves and long stretches of golden sands. Normandy is also a rich gastronomic area with its fresh fish, the famous Calvados (apple brandy) and cheeses like Camenbert, Livarot and Pont l’Evêque.