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Dior Museum in Granville, Normandy

In the small and rather elegant resort of Granville (50 Manche, Normandie) there is now a museum and garden dedicated to the designer Christian Dior.
dior granvilleThis icon of French Haute-Couture had a house in the town – “Villa les Rhumbs” which houses the museum, containing a huge collection of his creations. Yet what is surprising is that his creative purple patch really only covered about 10 years from 1947 to his death in 1957 – when he single-handedly created the “new look” and eternalised the image of the eternal Parisian woman – elegant with fine shoulders and narrow waist. He was clearly also a serious businessman, as the name Dior has been sustained and developed in the 40 years since his passing.

High fashion was his forté, but he was also an entusiast and creator of fine perfumes, and part of the Villa is dedicated to perfumery – you can experiment and smell your own concoctions in the Perfume Workshop. And in the garden of the house there is an “aromatic” promenade through some of the plants which provide the essential oils for the perfumes.
For more info see Just 30 miles south west via Avranches is the Mont St Michel – see

In Autumn the town hosts a huge seafood festival around the port with over fifty stalls, tastings and entertainment galore:

Toute la Mer sur un Plateau 29 – 30 September 2018

Granville Seafood Festivalsee

other events in Granville:

Granville Carnaval (9-13 February 2018)

one of the oldest in France. With its proud maritime history this carnaval with its floats, costumes, parades and parades is designed to bring some light relief to visitors in the depth of winter!  For more info see

Granville Welding Festival 1-2 August 2015
Although this sounds bizarre La Nuit des Soudeurs  focuses on artists creating metal sculptures live – as well as an exhibition of sculptures, music etc

Apartment Mer Baie Mont St Michel near Granville

Apartment Mer Baie Mont St Michel near Granville

B&Bs, self-catering and hotels in Granville such as the Apartment Mer Baie Mont St Michel near Granville(5km) with direct access to the beach and offering a panoramic view of the Mont Saint Michel Bay!

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