The village of Essoyes in Aube is inextricably linked to the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who stayed there every summer from 1888 onwards. The painter was truly inspired by the idyllic setting of the village, where pretty half-timbered houses still stand on the banks of the Ource to this day.
For an introduction to the artist's work, we recommend a visit to the Espace des Renoir, based in the former stables of Hériot Castle, with a permanent exhibition about the famous painter's life and family. His sons' creations are also in the spotlight, with a short film about actor Pierre Renoir, film-maker Jean and ceramist Claude.
Continue your pilgrimage on the Renoir trail, which guides visitors wishing to follow in the painter's footsteps, with a particular focus on the sites that inspired him. Reproductions of his most famous paintings, like The Bathers, Gabrielle and Jean, Dance in the Country and more, are displayed on the village façades, alongside houses adorned with flowers.
You can also visit Renoir's studio, nestling in a lovely garden. His paintings and everyday objects are on display there, bathed in natural light. Also be sure to visit the Renoir family home, where he set up his first studio in Essoyes, for an intimate view of this artistic family's life during the 1900s. The itinerary ends at Essoyes cemetery, where they are buried together. A memorable tour awaits you...
Located 45 km south of Troyes, 15 km from Bar-sur-Seine, this large village has more than 700 inhabitants. The best view is from Essoyes Fontette: a valley surrounded by greenery in a single glance we embrace this village at the bottom. Tributary of the Seine, Ource cut the town in two. A location away from major thoroughfares that invites you to relax and rest.
One can not speak of Essoyes without mentioning Pierre-Auguste Renoir and his son Jean Renoir, the director, Pierre Renoir, actor, Claude Renoir, ceramist, all buried in the village cemetery. Essoyes, it is also the birthplace of other famous men: Auguste Heriot, founder of the Grands Magasins du Louvre in the 19th century became the hero of the novel by Emile Zola "Au bonheur des dames" Louis Morel, sculptor, the Renoir hand.
To see in the village: the cultural center Renoir on the side of Renoir, the painter, the family castle Heriot and the cemetery are buried all Renoir Pierre-Auguste and his wife Aline and her 3 Charigot son, John, Peter and Claude and sculptor Louis Morel, Auguste Heriot.
The third weekend of May Essoyes organizes several years, the wine fair where about 50 winemakers from all over France present their productions. This event attracts more and more people, especially the Belgians who love the region and good French wines.
The first Saturday in June, you can participate in the walk with Generations Movement "Together to the roads to Santiago."
Dawn is rich in historical places. Some towns and villages must see:
Avalleur: the chapel of the Commandery of Knights Templar.
Brienne Napoleon Museum.
Chaource: the church of Saint John the Baptist and the Entombment.
Châtillon-sur-Seine: the Museum of the Lady of Vix.
Clairvaux Abbey founded by Bernard of Clairvaux in the 12th century.
Colombey-les-Deux-churches: the village of General de Gaulle and the new Memorial.
Isle-Aumont: the church with three shrines. The Isle-Aumont mound concealed 4,000 years of history, it was still necessary that we be told. It is this work that the archaeologist Jean Scapula devoted fifty years of his life.
Mussy: St. Peter's Church Bachelor links the 13th century, the Museum of the Resistance.
The Riceys: This ancient fortified city stands on a land of vineyards. Only common to have 3 Controlled Appellations d'Origine (AOC) with Champagne, Coteaux Champenois and Rosé des Riceys.
Rumilly-lès-Vaudes: the 16th century manor house and the church of Saint Martin in the same time.
Troyes, undeniably beautiful city. Its historic center is full of cobbled, the charming half-timbered houses often slightly askew streets. Troyes is a city rich in art churches with beautiful stained glass windows, in museums, in mansions.
Noe-les-Mallets: "Walk for Jo" the last Sunday of June on foot, horseback, mountain bike or hitch a 5 circuits from 5 to 25 km on the road Geoffroy Sifferlen and GRP orange markup (CNTE) with panels on the local fauna and flora between vineyards and woods.