There are dozens of romantic adventures near the City of Love. A visit to Versailles, followed by lunch at the covered market and a stroll in the posh gardens sets the mood with rich history and lavish architecture. For simpler tastes, it is an easy, picturesque bike ride from the Vernon train station to Giverny, where Monet painted his water lilies and cultivated a garden using the impressionist palate. Considered the 21st arrondissement, Deauville is a quaint Normandy town with timber frame homes and a star studded boardwalk that runs along a wide beach. Across a bridge, in Trouville, tables line the fish market, setting the scene for a memorable meal of the day’s catch and a crisp glass of wine to celebrate the moment.
Photo : Sylvia Sabes