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September 1, 2016 Rail No Comments Email Email

Until 25 September 2016, Rail Europe GSAs invite travellers exploring Normandy in the north of France to follow the path of world-renowned Impressionist painters to discover the very region that inspired their masterpieces. 

In collaboration with the French National Railway Company “SNCF”, this would be the third annual Normandy Impressionist Festivalheld by the region of Normandy.

Agents can advise their clients travelling to the region that three TER regional express trains, dubbed “trains of Impressionism”, have been wrapped in duplicates of paintings by Monet and Pissarro for this festival. On board, passengers will enjoy some famous art work on the walls while they whisk through the region’s colourful countryside, following the path Monet, Renoir and Delacroix would have used 150 years ago to travel the region by steam train from Paris.

Departing from the iconic Paris Saint-Lazare train station, the very inspiration of a series of Claude Monet paintings, the train will journey to Vernon-Giverny, the site that inspired Monet’s Water lilies series, before continuing to the Normandy capital of Rouen. The train’s final destination is the town of Le Havre, just over two hours from Paris.

Agents should advise their clients that this special Impressionist train service will depart from Paris on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Visitors to the region will be treated to a multitude of cultural activities, art exhibitions and live shows. The events will highlight Impressionist art that was influenced by the steam trains that revolutionized the era. Examples include “Rain, Steam and Speed” by Turner and Monet’s “The Gare St-Lazare” showcasing the Parisian train station.

Be it the Impressionist train service or a regular TER train service heading to Normandy, passengers will still enjoy train stations that have been decorated in celebration of Impressionism in Normandy, and occasional shows performed by the “Impressionne Moi” (Impress Me) art company.

Agents are reminded that Rail Europe tickets are distributed by Rail Plus, Rail Tickets, CIT Holidays and Infinity Rail in Australia and Rail Pus and Go Holidays in New Zealand.

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