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VERNON (5 km from la Madeleine)

The city of Vernon was built on Gallo-Roman foundations in the ninth century by the first king of Normandy. Strategic crossing point between Paris and Rouen and of the river Seine, the town was fortified in early times. Only a few remnants of its walls are left.

Despite the bombings in 1870 then 1940, the city centre, around the Collégiale (collegiate church) and the Archive Tower which survived the bombings, has retained its medieval appearance, which makes for pleasant walks. Vernon (24000 inhabitants) is considered the "gate of Normandy": it is indeed the first Norman town when you come from Paris.

You can visit the XIIth century Collegiate Church of Our Lady, the archive tower, a remnant of the ancient castle of Vernon, and the Old Mill, located on the pier of the medieval bridge at Vernonnet, the last monument of its kind in the world, and a symbol of the city.

The château de Bizy, often called "the little Versailles," dates from 1741 but was destroyed during the Revolution and rebuilt in the 19th century. Its park is magnificent and the lounges are worth visiting: splendid Gobelains tapestries and rare furniture.

The château des Tourelles, in Vernonnet, on the way to la Madeleine, is one of the only twelfth-century small fortified castles still virtually intact in France.

PRESSAGNY – L’ORGUEUILLEUX

The village of Pressagny-l’Orgueilleux is under one km away from la Madeleine. It can be reached by the lovely towpath that runs along the castle grounds, then a few other beautiful houses... From the village, on the banks of Seine, you can see the three islands that separate the river, one of which is called la Madeleine.

Pressagny-l’Orgueilleux is a charming little village whose streets are lined with beautiful old walls. You can stroll up to the lovely antique shop of M. and Mme Lebrun, who know the history of the region so well... It is also a starting-point for many hikes. The Catenai trail goes through the municipalities of Notre-Dame de l’Isle and Port-Mort, and forms a 23 km route.

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