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Rail Europe’s ‘Impressionist trains’ make a colourful trip

WHITE PLAINS, NY — In celebration of Normandy Impressionist Festival, taking place through Sept. 25, three French TER regional express trains have been wrapped in duplicates of paintings by Monet and Pissarro and are being referred to as the ‘trains of Impressionism’.

Onboard passengers can discover famous art work on the walls with descriptive captions while they whisk through Normandy’s colourful countryside, following the path Monet, Renoir and Delacroix painters would have used 150 years ago to travel the region by steam train from Paris.

Departing from the iconic landmark Paris Saint-Lazare train station, which happens to be the train station that inspired Claude Monet for a series of paintings, the train stops at Vernon-Giverny, site of the house and garden where Monet painted his Water lilies series, and the Normandy capital, Rouen.

The train’s final destination is the town of Le Havre, just over two hours from Paris. This special train service makes daily departures from Paris on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.

Whether travellers catch this Impressionist train, or hop aboard a more traditional local TER train to Normandy, all passengers can enjoy train stations that have been decorated in celebration of impressionism in Normandy.

For travellers who wish to make this easy connection to Normandy from Paris, visit Rail Europe to purchase a point-to-point local train ticket, or with a France Rail Pass, board any Normandy-bound TER train with no reservation needed. See raileurope.ca.

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