Outings

There are too many enjoyable targets to visit near Saint Saens, so that this is simply a summary in order to provide a broad glimpse at some possibilities.

Normandy has many gardens open to the public, and of all French regions is almost certainly closest to England in respect of large country houses and beautiful gardens.

The most popular, certainly with Japanese tourists, is Monet’s garden at Giverny.

Next to Saint Saens is the vast Eawy forest – six thousand hectaires of oak and beech, ideal for walking and cycling.

In its centre is the V1 site at Ardouval, open to the public and with a V1 on a section of original ramp.

A short drive from Saint Saens, by winding country lanes, lies a real treat for fans of Madame Bovary – the small market town of Ry, where Flaubert set his iconic novel.

Rouen is a charming and genuinely medieval city, retaining many timber framed and jettied buildings. Its museum and gallery facilities are commensurate with it being the capital of Normandy. The Beaux Arts art gallery for example, has the largest collection of impressionists outside Paris.

Further a field are the Normandy Landing beaches, next to which is the beguiling American cemetery at Colleville standing above Omaha beach.