Travelling in the Footsteps of the Impressionists



Honfleur Normandy

Honfleur is where impressionism began! Many art historians believe that Honfleur, Normandy is the place where impressionism originated. It was here where the young and aspiring Claude Monet and his friend Alfred Sisley began studying light effects under the guidance… Continue Reading →

Trouville – Deauville Normandy

Wonderful places to visit or base yourselves in a holiday in Normandy Just over an hour by train from Paris, the beaches of Trouville and Deauville in Normandy are often nicknamed the ‘Parisian Riviera’. Trouville & Deauville, Normandy – always… Continue Reading →

Montmartre Travel & the Impressionism Trail

Montmartre Travel – In the Footsteps of the Impressionists A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to the bohemian district of Montmartre. It was and still is a magnet for artists, writers, painters, musicians, sculptors and intellectuals from… Continue Reading →

A novel inspired by the Degas’ sculpture “Little Dancer Aged 14”

“The Painted Girls” by Cathy Marie Buchanan is a sad novel about sisters in 19thCentury Paris. One of the sisters is chosen to be the muse for  Edgar Degas’ sculpture “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” “The Painted Girls” is wonderful book…. Continue Reading →

Travelling in Paris – Visit the Wondeful Petit Palais

When travelling in Paris, I highly recommend that you visit the lesser known museum – Petit Palais. This museum is an architectural beauty dating back to 1900, situated on the avenue des Champs-Elysées. The impressive building was built for the… Continue Reading →

Historical Fiction book – I Always Loved You

I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira is a historical fiction book about the relationship between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. The book immerses you into the world of the impressionists in Belle Epoque Paris in the 19th Century. Mary Cassatt,… Continue Reading →

Musee Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer

Seduced by the seaside beauty of Cote D’Azur (the French Riviera), Pierre Auguste Renoir and his family left Paris and moved to Cagnes-sur-Mer for his last remaining  12 years. Musee Renoir – Once the Home of the Renoir Family In… Continue Reading →

Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny

When in Paris, I highly recommend getting on a train or hiring a car and travelling to Monet‘s garden in Giverny . Monet Leaves Paris for Peaceful Giverny Giverny is a small town, 75kms from Paris. It is the location… Continue Reading →

Etretat Cliffs in Normandy

Etretat cliffs are gorgeous. When visiting, you can really understand why Monet , Boudin and other painters came here for inspiration. Etretat & the Impressionists Impressionism is an art movement that evolved in the mid 19th century. The impressionists adopted the… Continue Reading →

L’Orangerie Museum – Another Paris MUST!!

L’Orangerie museum – proclaimed “the Sistine Chapel of Impressionism” by the writer Andre Masson If you are a Monet fan, then this museum is a MUST when travelling to Paris. This museum showcases eight of Claude Monet’s famous paintings, the… Continue Reading →

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