Fran­cofile

Fol­low the life and death of Char­lotte Cor­day

France - - Charlotte Corday -

GET­TING THERE

By ferry: Deb­o­rah trav­elled overnight from Portsmouth to Caen/ Ouistre­ham with Brit­tany Fer­ries, a jour­ney of 7hr 45min, with fares from £105 one way for a car and two pas­sen­gers (tel: 0330 159 7000, brit­tany-fer­ries.co.uk).

By air: Flybe runs a ser­vice from Lon­don Southend to Caen-carpi­quet air­port.

By rail: The jour­ney from Lon­don to Ar­gen­tan via Paris takes 6hr.

WHERE TO STAY

Deb­o­rah stayed at:

Hô­tel des Qu­a­trans

17 Rue Gé­mare 14000 Caen Tel: (Fr) 2 31 86 25 57 ho­tel-des-qu­a­trans.com Town cen­tre ho­tel with 47 rooms, at the foot of the Château Ducal, dou­bles from €75.

Le Vieux Château

61120 Le Re­nouard Tel: (Fr) 2 33 12 88 16 levieux­chateau lere­nouard.com Lux­u­ri­ous cham­bre d’hôte with four bed­rooms. Dou­bles from €165 in­clud­ing break­fast.

WHERE TO EAT Le Héris­son

3 Rue du 14 Juin 61120 Vi­moutiers Tel: (Fr) 2 33 12 93 44 restau­rant-leheris­son.fr Restau­rant about 10min drive from Les Cham­peaux, menus from €20.50.

Café Pro­cope

13 Rue de l’an­ci­enne Comédie, 75006 Paris Tel: (Fr) 1 40 46 79 00 Cel­e­brated brasserie, founded in 1686, and the haunt of rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies in­clud­ing Jean-paul Marat. Menus from €21.50.

WHERE TO VISIT

Manoir de Cau­vi­gny 61120 Le Re­nouard Tel: (Fr) 2 33 35 06 91 Guided tours avail­able; con­tact Pa­trick Lav­erny.

Église Saint-sat­urnin des Ligner­ies

61160 Écorches The church lies in an iso­lated spot about 2.5km north-east of Écorches, off the D916 and D708.

Ab­baye aux Dames

Place Reine-mathilde 14035 Caen Tel: (Fr) 2 31 06 98 98 caen.fr/adresse/ab­bayeaux-dames

Ab­baye aux Hommes

Es­planade Jean-marie Lou­vel 14027 Caen Tel: (Fr) 2 31 30 42 81 caen.fr/adresse/ab­bayeaux-hommes

Musée de Nor­mandie

Château de Caen 14000 Caen Tel: (Fr) 2 31 30 47 60 musee-de-nor­mandie.fr

Ga­lerie des Valois

75001 Paris This his­toric ar­caded gallery bor­ders the gar­dens of the Palais-royal and is lined with bou­tiques from lead­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers and per­fumiers.

WHAT TO READ

De la Nor­mandie à Paris... Char­lotte Cor­day, by Philippe Deter­ville, OREP Édi­tions. Le Ro­man de Char­lotte Cor­day, by Hélène Mau­rice-kerymer, Édi­tions du Rocher.

The Manoir de Cau­vi­gny

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