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My Route du Bonheur

Paris to Normandy, towards the D-Day landing beaches

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The route retraces the course of history. From Paris to Normandy, this journey back in time recalls the Liberation of 1944. Getting closer to the men and women and the places which were in the thick of battle. This route starts in Paris in a Relais & Châteaux property, the former residence of the Marquis de Lafayette. A figure in the American War of Independence, Lafayette is still a unique tie between America and France, even today. The Champs-Élysées runs nearby this mansion. Paris reveals its history through the built heritage and museums. All along the route, the visitor can reflect upon rare documents preserved in modern museums and walk in the shadow of historic sites from the Arc de Triomphe to the American war cemetery and the Omaha beaches. History reaching out.
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Paris - France

Hotel in town. Palais Garnier, Champs-Élysées, Louvre Museum, Place Vendôme... in the heart of the most enchanting Paris, a discreet porte-cochère, framed by two lanterns and topped by a mascaron ornament, marks the entrance to the Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré on rue d’Anjou. Architect Michele Bönan has succeeded in breathing new life into this 18th century private townhouse in which Marquis de La Fayette lived. Selected designs and photographs on the wall, unique furniture, elegant book-cases are some of the sophisticated details which ensure a cosy atmosphere. As far as the suites are concerned, their doors made of massive wood and authentic Louis XVI marble fireplaces protect their intimacy. ... Learn moreless

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Homage to General Leclerc and Resistance figure Jean Moulin, Paris

Homage to General Leclerc and Resistance figure Jean Moulin, Paris

Inaugurated above the Gare Montparnasse in 1994 to mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, the Musée du Général Leclerc et de la Libération de Paris – Musée Jean Moulin pays homage to the figurehead and unidentified thousands of fighters against the German forces in the streets of the capital. Personal effects and audiovisual records put the spotlight on the men and the actions jointly carried out by the Free French Forces and the Resistance on the ground.

On the Champs-Élysées, following in the footsteps of General de Gaulle, Paris

On the Champs-Élysées, following in the footsteps of General de Gaulle, Paris

Just a few steps from the former residence of the Marquis de Lafayette, the Champs Élysées symbolises French luxury and elegance. The avenue also remains a memorial site where French army soldiers parade every July 14th. On August 26th, 1944, it was under the Arc de Triomphe that General de Gaulle relit the flame of the unknown soldier before his triumphant march down the avenue.

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The French flag over Chartres cathedral

The French flag over Chartres cathedral

On August 18th, just two days after the first American tank entered the streets of the city, a huge French flag was hoisted to the very top of the cathedral's bell towers. A symbolic tricolour over one of the jewels of Gothic architecture in France – Notre-Dame de Chartres cathedral, whose construction began in 1145. Its vast nave and 12th-13th century stained glass windows were miraculously spared during the war. Starting a few years ago, between April and October, a magnificent light show has lit up the building after dark.

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Le Clos

Verneuil d’Avre & d’Iton - France

Hotel and restaurant in a village. Le Clos Parc & Spa in Verneuil-sur-Avre, which was in English hands during the Hundred Years War, is on the road from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel, and is near Chartres, Le Perche Regional Nature Park and Giverny. It is quintessentially English. This château, with its Anglo-Norman conical turret roof and flambé-glazed bricks, inspired by Viollet-le-Duc, is nestled in a park with ancient trees which leads to two restaurants. The rooms are elegantly appointed, with period furniture and elegant wallpaper evoking the world of the horse. Le Clos offers a delightful new wellness area and a charming Gustave Eiffel-style ironwork conservatory for breakfast and tea room. ... Learn moreless

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In the heart of the Perche Regional Nature Park

In the heart of the Perche Regional Nature Park

In recent years, many Parisians have moved out to the area around Nogent-le-Rotrou. Not in memory of the Resistance and the underground fighters of Plainville who famously sabotaged the railway line and bridges, but rather out of a love for the conserved nature of forested hills, wooded countryside and rivers. Landscapes that are a total change of scenery yet so close to the capital ...

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Château d’Audrieu

Audrieu - France

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Château d’Audrieu, located between Caen and Bayeux, offers the opportunity to travel back in time. This 18th century edifice, listed as a historical monument, offers the warm welcome of a family home. The elegantly proportioned château is set in an extensive 25 hectares of wooded grounds and gardens. Hesitate not a minute longer, all the charms of Normandy await you at Audrieu! Turn the pages of history and discover not only the beaches of the D-Day landings, but also Bayeux and its famous Queen Matilda's tapestry, Caen - the city of the Dukes of Normandy -, and Mont-Saint-Michel - a treasure of French heritage -, not to mention the restaurant’s gourmet delights.  ... Learn moreless

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On the German side, Ouistreham

On the German side, Ouistreham

The Grand Bunker provides a unique opportunity to become immersed in June 1944 … on the German army side. Now converted into a museum, the former six-floor bunker creates a better understanding of the former defence lines and the organisation of the Atlantic Wall. Inside, the blockhouse has been recreated exactly as it was: generator room, ammunitions store, infirmary and radio transmissions room etc.

Films and Models at the D-Day Museum, Arromanches

Films and Models at the D-Day Museum, Arromanches

Built within one of the most beautiful natural locations along the coast, the D-Day Museum opens up a fuller understanding of the incredible decision taken by Churchill and the Allies: designing a floating harbour to facilitate supplying the offensive with troops and equipment. Over 70 years after D-Day, when the tide is low, the remains of this artificial harbour still emerge from the sand spit. Models and records are complemented by Arromanches 360°, a film re-enactment of the landing shown on a circular cinema screen.

Facing the white crosses at Omaha Beach, Colleville-sur-Mer

Facing the white crosses at Omaha Beach, Colleville-sur-Mer

White crosses as far as the eye can see … Located right above Omaha beach where one of the bloodiest battles occurred on the morning of June 6th, 1944, the American war cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer expands over 70 hectares. Managed by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the site was granted in perpetuity by France to the United States. Adjoining the cemetery and its 9,387 crosses, an interpretative centre displays a permanent exhibition on the taking of Omaha by the Allied Forces. 

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