Bernay: pleasures of yesterday and today
Bernay, one of the rare towns in France to have entire streets with traditional timber frame houses, offers a miraculously preserved image of what Norman towns once were. Here, historical buildings (museum, abbey
) intermingle with modern pleasures: cafés with inviting terraces, boutiques and stalls, a Norman market on Saturday mornings
Bernay is also a town to discover along the riverbanks of the Charentonne. And why not let yourself guided by the river, towards Broglie, for a delicious walk or ride among the cool undergrowth of the nature trail the "Voie Verte" ?
Did you know ?
Edith Piaf, the famous singer, spent a good part of her childhood in Bernay. In fact, when she was 18 months old her father put her in the good care of his own mother who ran
a brothel. Here she lived until she was 7 surrounded by the affection of her grandmother and of the tenants. These same residents also took her on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Thérèse in the hope (granted!) of curing a sight problem.
In order to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere present in Bernay, where the windows of the antique shops beckon you, as do the friendly bistro terraces, settle yourself in at the Lion d'Or, previously a coaching inn, situated at the heart of the town, near to the museum, the theatre and the famous abbey.
Double room: from 28 to 88 €.
Breakfast: 7.5 €.
HOTEL DU LION D'OR
48 rue du Gal de Gaulle - 27300 Bernay
Tél. : 02 32 43 12 06