Discover the Pearl Coast at the gates of Caen in a different way during a commented ride in a Classic Car.When
you take the tourist routes along the Pearl Coast, you will discover
a picturesque hinterland, an often wild nature, treasure of small
villages and the feel to be really elsewhere.
Throughout their history, Normandy and Calvados have inspired many writers and painters who have translated this atmosphere in their stories.
ancient fishing villages of Ouistreham, Lion-sur-mer, Luc-sur-mer,
Langrune-sur-mer and Saint-Aubin-sur-mer consist of small houses
gathered around common courtyards. The
traditional house presented on the ground floor the main room, and on
the first floor the bedroom, which was accessed by an outside stone
the Ancien regime, the sailors were either local fishermen or sailors
taken on board at the ports of Caen, Ouistreham, Courseulles, Dieppe,
Fécamp… for fishing, commercial navy or state service. The
absence of real masonry harbours in some of the villages and the rise
of seaside tourism led to the gradual decline of fishing in the 20th
century. Ouistreham was once a fishing hamlet, grouped around the Romanesque fortified church of Saint-Samson and the Grange aux Dîmes. It became one of the most prestigious seaside resorts on the Normandy coast at the very beginning of the 20th century.
The ride encompass also the richness of Art Nouveau,
Rococo and Anglo-Normand styles.
Along the ride we will follow the footsteps of the Architects Hector Guimard,
François Rouvray, Aumasson and René Lalique.
The Pearl Coast still has little treasures of Art Nouveau, this architectural
style, very fashionable in the nineteenth century.
only a few traces of Art Nouveau remain in Normandy, especially because of the
destruction during the Liberation, some nuggets still remain. Aesthetics and
curved lines are to be discovered during our ride.
All forms participate in the ornamentation up to the smallest details.
and cast iron: the metal is worked in ribbon, twisted and volute and is
combined with the stone and even the pebbles of the seaside for some
constructions. Cast iron has the advantage of being able to mold. It was used
for window and balcony railings by Hector Guimard for the realization of his
subway station entrances in Paris with very personal motives. François Rouvray,
architect in Caen, had his inspiration from Guimard and have to his credit some beautiful
constructions. As for A. Aumasson, he left us a magnificent villa in
Discover the Pearl Coast, its architecture and the richness of its landscapes from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-mer. Hereafter our preview ride: