Normandy. France. Homeland of Christian Dior
Have you seen a famous painting by Claude Monet “Impression. Sunrise” or maybe at least a picture of it? His source of inspiration was Normandy with its fascinating sceneries. What is it like – Normandy?
The land of a cold sea, a heady cider and Calvados. Once it was inhabited by the Normans, proud “people from the North”. Great William the Conqueror, who annexed a foggy England to Normandy at the beginning of the 11th century, was born there. In memory of that glorious time today the Normans got a queer accent and a flag with two leopards.
Today Normandy is rich in interesting historical places and beautiful cities. Famous Umbrellas de Cherbourg are made in Norman town - Cherbourg. You can also visit here the museum Cite de La Mer, telling you the story about a brave man conquering a restless ocean. Granville, once known as a corsairs’ refuge, is famous today as a homeland of Christian Dior. The admirers of the designer can visit his house and museum in Granville. The city of Caen is a place of William the Conqueror’s residence and Bayeux proposes you to take fantastic pictures of a famous tapis Tapisserie de Bayeux. It presents the story of the conquest of England weaved in the 11th century. Trouville invites you to the restaurants and gambling houses popular with the French elite. For example, with the impressionists who found there many subjects for their paintings. Other towns popular with artists (writers, composers) were Deauville and Honfleur. These cosy small towns have wonderful beaches. The town of Étretat attracts with its fantastic rock sceneries, and Harfleur was be rhymed in one of the Victor Hugo’s poems.