On the road
The department of Eure, bearing the name of the river crossing it from the most part, lies at the southern end of the Haute-Normandie region. It has the shape of a heart and borders the Parisian Basin. Agriculture remains important in the western half of the department – wheat, barley, peas, beetroot, flax, sunflower and vegetables are the main productions. Industrial activity is concentrated around Evreux, Vernon, Louviers and Val-de-Reuil. It is very varied – electric equipment, metallurgy, pharmacy, cosmetics and perfumes, rubber and plastic, paper and car-making.
The department of Seine-Inferieure (lower Seine) was created by the French Revolution in 1790 from a part of the Normandy province. It was renamed Seine-Maritime in 1955. Its 1.27 million inhabitants are concentrated around the big towns of Rouen, Le Havre, Dieppe, Fecamp and Elbeuf. With its two wealthy ports and a focus on high technologies and tourism, Seine-Maritime can count on a solid economy.
The Oise department lies 35 kms north of Paris and has a population of 812,000. It has more than 150 preserved natural sites and a huge forest. Its historical past was an eventful one. Its geographical position always made it the last bastion to conquer before reaching Paris. French royalty was born in Oise since Hugh Capet was elected in Senlis and crowned in Noyon. Both towns have beautiful cathedrals and so does Beauvais. Both World Wars seriously impacted the department since two armistices were signed in its forest, in Compiegne and Rethondes. Close to Paris, Oise is primarily industrial. Hundreds of companies work in varied sectors such as metallurgy, automobile, chemicals, rubber and plastic, cosmetics, logistics and the food industry.
The historical heart of Picardie, Somme has always been coveted because of its strategic position between Paris and Flanders. This open territory was the scene of several of the major battles in French history; most notably the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
Its 555,000 I habitants chose in January 2012 to be called Samarians, Samara being the original name of the Somme, the river giving its name to the department.
The Somme economy relied for long on a prosperous agriculture and a powerful textile industry. Its position in the heart of Europe was the key to its renovation. Tourism is a growing activity around Amiens, Montdidier and a preserved coastline.
Km 19 : Fleury-sur-Andelle
In Radepont (5 km)
Notre-Dame de Fontaine-Guerardabbey
The Fontaine-Guerard abbey is a women’s convent affiliated to the Cistercian order. Its Anglo-Norman architecture is simply exceptional. Its beautiful chapter-hall, opening widely on the cloister, is a fine example of the style. Very little remains today of the outbuildings apart from the vaulted cellar topped by the St Michael chapel. The monastery itself is almost intact. It is a precious testimony of the early 13th century monastic architectural style and of the plan usually adopted by Cistercian monasteries. It is also a rare chance for visitors to discover an abbey exactly as it was in the Middle-Ages.
Before 1555, a medieval manor was built on the site. It was apparently the home of Raoul of Bonnemare, the hero of a popular poem by Marie de France, "The two lovers". Tradition has it that Raoul gave hospitality to kings Charles VII and Charles IX. In 1555, Nicolas Leconte, marquis of Draqueville and president of the Parliament of Normandy built the current castle, flanked by its two towers and wings, and a chapel.
A first castle was built on the spot in the 12th century under the helm of Richard the Lionheart, before being demolished by King Philip Augustus.
In 1788, Field Marshall Jean-Leonor du Bosc, build a new residence on the foot of the old fortress. The park was considered at the time one of the most beautiful in Normandy. The domain was donated to the Salvation Army in 1939.
Préfecture : Rouen
La Haute-Normandie, terre d’énergies !
Aux portes de Paris, la Haute-Normandie bénéficie d’un patrimoine naturel et historique et culturel exceptionnel. Ses grands sites sont connus dans le monde entier : les falaises d’Etretat, la Maison et les jardins de Claude Monet à Giverny, la cathédrale de Rouen, le Pont de Normandie …
Région chère à Claude Monet, dont le tableau Impression, soleil levant, a donné son nom au mouvement, la Haute-Normandie fut le berceau et le creuset de l’impressionnisme, inspirant des peintres comme Renoir, Pissarro ou Turner. Le Havre et Rouen disposent en outre des deux principaux musées consacrés à l’impressionnisme après le Musée d’Orsay à Paris.
Les peintres ne pouvaient qu’être saisis pas la beauté majestueuse de la région, et notamment ses 120 km de falaises blanches. Paysage unique au monde, ce haut mur de calcaire est ponctué, ça et là, de stations balnéaires réputées, telles que Dieppe ou Etretat. Ce patrimoine naturel exceptionnel fait l’objet, tout comme la vallée de la Seine, d’une demande de classement au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité.
Son décor naturel et ses jardins ne doivent pas faire oublier son patrimoine architectural : le long des boucles de la Seine, pas moins d'une vingtaine d'abbayes jalonnent un parcours touristique exceptionnel. C’est que la Haute-Normandie conserve avec fierté les traces de son passé : Jeanne d’Arc, Rollon ou Guillaume le Conquérant ont marqué l’histoire locale et celle de leur temps. Mais la région compte également de célèbres écrivains, tels que Corneille, Gustave Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant, Maurice Leblanc ou aujourd’hui Philippe Delerm.
La figure historique du cyclisme régional est bien sûr Jacques Anquetil. Mais d’autres sportifs ont fait leurs classes ou leur carrière sportive en Haute-Normandie, tels que Tony Parker ou le nageur Hugues Duboscq, double médaillé de bronze aux Jeux olympiques de Pékin en 2008.
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