Following the success of its service to Versailles, which is decorated with pictures of the famous château, the state-run rail company has launched a summer-time service to Giverny, site of the house and garden where Monet painted his Water lilies series and many other works, and to the Normandy capital, Rouen.
The interiors of the carriages are decorated with reproductions of works by Monet and his fellow impressionists and photos of the Orsay museum’s impressive 19th-century iron-work and other architectural features.
There are three themes: Gardens and water, Paris and industrialisation and local landscapes.
French Tourism and Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius was present at the service’s inauguration at Paris’s Gare St Lazare on Saturday morning along with a number of young artists who set up their easels on the platform.
“If the painters used to go to Normandy that’s because it was already