Trip France and Beyond
Trip France and Beyond
Here is the itinerary for my recent trip to France, Amsterdam, London, and Ireland. I hope it can offer some ideas for whoever planning a trip to similar places. Please note that the places marked in bold are those I spent the night.
My trip was motivated primarily by a desire to follow Monet's routes. Whilst doing so, I also made a point to see the works of my other favourites like Van Gogh (in Amsterdam), Johannes Vermeer (in Delft), and J.M.W. Turner (in London). By the end of the trip, I had saved a handful of names (of masters) that I wanted to follow more closely. Among them are Pierre Renoir, John Martin, Jean-Francois Millet, Paul Henry, and Joseph Delattre.
Day 1-11 Sydney --- Paris
Day 12-16 Paris --- Le Harve --- Etretat (France)
Day 17-20 Etretat --- Honfleur (France)
Day 21 Honfleur --- Caen
Day 22 Caen --- Pontorson --- Mont Saint Michel --- Pontorson
Day 23 Pontorson --- Saint Malo --- Cancale --- Saint Malo --- Pontorson
Day 24-25 Pontorson --- Brest
Day 26-27 Brest --- Quimper --- Pont-Aven
Day 28-29 Pont-Aven --- Quimperle --- Auray --- Quiberon --- Belle-Ile
Day 30 Belle-Ile -- Quiberon --- Auray --- Paris
Day 31 Paris --- Rouen
Day 32-33 Rouen --- Giverny --- Vernon --- Rouen
Day 34 Rouen --- Paris
Day 35-39 Paris --- Amsterdam (The Netherland)
Day 40-41 Amsterdam -- Delft --- Haarlem --- Amsterdam
Day 42-43 Amsterdam --- Paris
Day 44-48 Paris --- London
Day 49 London --- Dublin (Ireland) (pick up car at airport)
Day 50-51 Dublin --- Cork --- Killarney
Day 52 Killarney (Killarney National Park) --- Dingle --- Slea Head --- Galway --- Oughterard (Connemara National Park)
Day 53 Oughterard --- Clifden
Day 54-55 Clifden --- Leenane --- Killary Harbour --- Delphi --- Louisburgh --- Westport --- Sligo --- Glencar Waterfall --- Donegal --- Glenties
Day 56 Glenties --- Letterkenny --- Londonderry --- Bushmills --- Coleraine --- the Giant's Causeway --- Dublin
Day 57-58 Dublin (return car at airport) --- Paris
Day 59-61 Paris --- Fontainebleau --- Paris
Day 62-63 Paris --- Sydney
A few things worth mentioning:
1/ The coastline on both sides of Etretat is very picturesque, featuring its distinctive white cliffs and round pebbles. If time permits, schedule a walk along the coastline. It is easy to do and the scenery is breathtaking (see picture underneath).
2/ Cancale near St-Malo is a hot spot for oyster lovers. Its oysters are world famous. The normal sizes available in the restaurants are the #3's and #2's. Head over to the wholesale stalls located at the far end of the beach. Not only would you get the #1 size but also the "grand" 0 size at ridiculously cheap prices (like 6 Euros a dozen.) I ended up taking one and a half dozen there and then had a dozen for take-away back to the hotel.
3/ I drove 2,168km during the 8 days in Ireland. It is the best way to travel the countries. If I have to do it again, I think I would fly directly to Kerry instead of Dublin. This way, I can save at least half a day on the road.
4/ Selected images of the trip are on display in the "Europe, UK and Ireland" gallery.
Live Life, Junius.