Two weeks ago, a British visitor asked me to help her discover a place where the impressionists lived and had their great era at the end of the 19th century. Instead of going to one of classics like Auvers-sur-Oise, well known thanks to Van Gogh, I decided to take her to the village of La Roche-Guyon about an hour drive away to the north west of Paris. Located in the regional park of the Vexin along the Seine river, the scenery is outright stunning. Organised around the 12th century troglodyte castle still privately owned by local aristocracy, the place is ideal if you want to walk in a delightful landscape, along and overlooking the Seine. Pissarro lived there a couple of years and many painters choose that area to develop their expertise.
Square in La Roche Guyon, Pissarro
I do recommend this place full of historical and cultural references, with a surprising museum in the castle and a beautiful orchard created in 1741 . La Roche-Guyon was rightly rewarded by the association “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”.