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France – Monet All the Way! Painting & Photo Tour, May 2022

May 10 - May 21

Nancy Ori Photography Workshops

Tour Highlights ~ A Photographic and Cultural Adventure

• Eleven days of photographing and instruction with accomplished photographer and tour leader Nancy Ori.
• Tour limited to 12 participants for extra attention.
• The picturesque Mont St-Michel, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the focus of the region on its rocky island. Capture the mystical reflections at high tide and sandy beach with the gothic abbey towering above.
• Enjoy days in the medieval center of Bayeux with the Cathedral Notre-Dame and the story of William the Conqueror wrapped in the 200 foot-long tapestry.
• There will be a local historical guide and private vehicle for a half day tour of the D-Day Beaches and museum.
• When you are in the City of Honfleur you may be painting or photographing in the footsteps of Monet or Boudin, or many other famous artists.
• Etretat, what better place to stay for a sense of place, breathtaking white cliffs, quaint restaurants next to the English Channel.
• End the journey with another highlight: Giverny speaks for itself especially at this time of year, Monet all the Way!!

For more information or to register: info@phototc.com 607-756-8676 www.phototc.com

LIVE IT, LOVE IT, SHOOT IT on a photographic and painting tour from Mont St-Michel, to the Normandy beaches, and the famous Giverny gardens of Monet. Nancy Ori is returning to France with another group of like-minded photographers and painters. We have expanded her previous itinerary to include other picturesque locations of Normandy. There will be daily photo or painting focused walking tours throughout the program.

This tour is designed for photographers and painters alike to join in the experience. Nancy enjoys the cross pollination that takes place during many of her workshops between painters and photographers. Both have much to learn from each other. Painters will be encouraged to sketch and photograph the compositions and colors so that they can express their vision when they return home. Photographers will do the same in their own format whether that be Large Format or Point & Shoot, etc. Both type of artists look for the light, shadows, and shapes. Although there may not be time for studio-quality work in either format, all will be able to take full advantage of your reason for leaving home in the first place: to see many wonderful views that are new to you and open all your senses to the experience. Large Format, Point and shoot cameras or cell phone cameras will be great for you to capture lots of images to work with when you return home.

The history behind designing the itinerary is a tribute to Claude Monet, a painter recognized today around the world as one of the most famous French Impressionists. His work can be viewed in museums and art galleries throughout the four corners of the world. Monet’s work was inspired and painted in Normandy. During his time in Paris, he met Eugene Boudin, a native of Honfleur who inspired to paint by the scenery and light conditions found on the Norman coast.

Monet spent more than half of his life in the little village of Giverny surrounded by beautiful country scenes. It is possible today to visit the artist’s house to get an insight to the inspiration of this master painter. The gardens that he first landscaped, he then spent half of his life painting, notably of course… the Japanese bridge over the Water Lily Pond.

Trip details:

Pre-Trip Orientation meeting

As with all my long distance trips, we want to be certain that we work out as many preparation details as we can long before we depart. I will have a brunch meeting at my home studio to review our itinerary, talk about equipment, photography techniques and what to pack. It is always a great opportunity to meet many of the other fellow travelers so you can have more contact with each other beginning with this meeting and on your flight over. It also helps take some of the stress off of meeting everyone over there.

Since most students will be from my database, it is always easy to rally most of the participants for this potluck event. Those who live further away can Skype in (or Hang Out) and still be part of the main discussion. I consider this the first day of your workshop. We plan this meeting for an afternoon about a month before the trip so you have time to react to some of the tips you might hear and have all your questions answered. Date will be announced once we have some registrations and I can poll the group. It will be in the beginning of April on a Saturday or Sunday.

Nancy Ori, photography instructor and experienced tour leader

Nancy Ori is respected internationally for over 35 years as a corporate photographer and enjoys teaching photography and other mixed media workshops. Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and is now on the faculty in New Jersey at several museums. She curates about six group exhibits annually and enjoys exhibiting her award-winning work regularly. In 1990, she established the NJ Heritage Workshops for Photography and Painting, which she holds each spring in Cape May. And in 1995, she founded and still directs the New Jersey Photography Forum, a group of professional and serious amateur photographers that meet regularly to discuss their work and exhibit within the state. Under her direction, the group has grown to be the oldest and largest group of fine art exhibiting photographers in the state.

Photographing in the West Coast tradition of her long-time mentor, Ansel Adams, Nancy expresses her own interpretation of landscape and architecture. Her photographs reveal a love of light, shadow and form in the natural and man-made settings. They are powerful documentations of both the land and architecture expressing vulnerability and yet endurance. She is currently working on a series of abstract photographs she has made during the many tours she has done for Strabo globally over several years.

Nancy’s teaching style is casual and supportive, but with great passion. One of her students sums it up nicely: “The workshop was wonderful, and hard and fulfilling and really fun! As usual, you were brilliant, prepared, encouraging, insightful and organized. Thanks again for your passion and for all the fun and knowledge my annual “photography camp” puts in my life.” Carol A.

Nancy’s work has been widely published and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US and Europe. View her websites: www.nancyoriphotography.com or www.nancyorifineart.com For detailed information call her at 908-790-8820 or email her at nancyori@comcast.net


Tue May 10 Home
Your journey begins with an overnight flight from home to Paris, France. The tour is concentrating on your time photographing in Normandy with Nancy, therefore if you would like to spend time in Paris visiting museums and other city sights, you may wish to add on days on your own pre or post trip.

Wed-Thu May 11 & 12 Mont St-Michel Overnight Mont St Michel (13th: B, D)
Departure time from the Paris airport (CDG) will be announced. Your driver for today, will pick up the group and transfer you to Mont St-Michel today. There will be a photography stop along the way in Caen along with time for lunch. Caen is the third largest city in Normandy, following Le Havre and Rouen. It was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Please note the majority of your luggage will be left in Bayeux enroute to Mont St-Michel, therefore only your camera gear, personal items, and clothes for these two evenings will need to be in carry-on size luggage. Since group accommodations are on Mont St-Michel it is necessary from the car park to take a shuttle on to the island and walk to hotel, carrying your overnight luggage. Nancy will discuss the timing of your photography outings the next day, taking advantage of high and low tides.

An unforgettable sight ~ The Mont Saint-Michel is one of Europe’s most amazing sights. Normandy meets Brittany in the bay it emerges from, your eye is drawn to the island it is built on. You will have two chances for sunset and sunrise photography or painting.

If you wish you can take the same shuttle from the island to the mainland, where you can walk to various vantage points to capture this beautiful structure rising from the sea or with the waves of sand in the foreground. Grab lunch at one of the many restaurants in town or the winding streets of the island.
*Hotels on Mont St-Michel do not have elevators due to their historical significance, therefore you will also need to be prepared to handle steps in the hotel as well as the island.

Fri-Sun May 13-15 Bayeux Overnight Bayeux (B, D; B; B)
Your driver and bus will pick you up at the car park this morning and transfer you to Bayeux, where your left luggage will be at the hotel. Although it was the first large town liberated by the Allies in Normandy in 1944, Bayeux escaped serious damage during the Second World War, much to the delight of lovers of history. All different styles of architecture from antiquity through the Renaissance up to the modern day are represented in this town that was, until the 11th century, the capital of lower Normandy. The impressive cathedral which sits at the heart of this historic town was built between the 11th and 13th centuries. You can’t hear of Bayeux without mention of its famous tapestry, an embroidered cloth over 200 feet long which tells the story of William the Conqueror. All within walking distance of the hotel.

The next day you will take a day trip to the D Day Beaches, for a half day tour with the groups own personal guide. This will be a day of history and landscapes. Although this location is not about Monet, it is an important addition to your workshop. Your guide will be passionate about the history and this region of Normandy and take you to the landing beaches themselves, the inland battlefields, the cemeteries of all three principal armies, the museums, and explain the stories and history behind each.
Your last full day there will be a discussion meeting after breakfast. Shooting in historic center of Bayeux, visit the museum with famous tapestry, Cathedral and town. All within walking distance. Prepare for early departure tomorrow morning.

Mon-Tue May 16 & 17 Hon fleur – Etretat Overnight Etretat (B, D; B)
Sitting on the estuary where the Siene River meets the English Channel, is the historic seaport of Honfleur. Photograph at the old harbor where there are 16th to 18th century townhouses, as well as picturesque fishing boats. Claude Monet and native son Eugene Boudin were regular artists painting along the Honfleur coastline and city. Enjoy lunch before re-boarding the bus to your final destination for the day Etretat beach area and town.

During the 1880’s, Monet made repeated visits to Etretat to draw by the sea. It had already been painted by Delacroix and Courbet. By the 1890’s Monet began producing his first series paintings here of the large rock arch on the beach. This series was done at different times of day and captured different kinds of light….his own form of white balance! There will be two opportunities for sunrise and sunset in this beautiful location, again Nancy will discuss daily outings at dinner, taking in to account low and high tides.

Optional Tour: An optional tour that participants can take part in is a 2 hour boat tour from Fécamp to Etretat. Impressing chalk cliffs, arches to pass underneath and rivers that run underground into the bay. The seas can be rough and may not be for everyone, which is why it is an optional suggestion. You can capture some beautiful photography from a different perspective, if the tides, seas and light align.

Wed-Fri May 18-20 Rouen – Giverny Giverny (B, D; B; B)
Move on to Rouen this morning and photograph the lovely streets and the Cathedral where Monet did his famous series of paintings. Rouen was one of the greatest ports along the Siene becoming the capital of Normandy. If anyone has the interest there is a museum here in honor of Joan of Arc’s death in 1431, it is located in the Archbishop’s Palace next door to the Cathedral.

Continue on to Giverny, after getting settled in Nancy will announce what time to meet and go over the town map, and timing of your photography and painting outings. There will be a welcome dinner at the hotel with sunset being so late, those with energy can venture out on your own.
Begin early the next morning at the gardens working with Nancy amidst the Spring flowers. The bus tours from Paris will arrive late morning through early afternoon, which is when you will take a break in town for lunch once the gardens get a bit crowded. After lunch return to the gardens for additional photography and painting.

The next day enjoy photography in town and go to the Impressionism Museum in Giverny to see wonderful examples of Monet and other Impressionist artists and spend the balance of the afternoon there and walking in the area. If possible, before dinner Nancy will find a place to shoot along the river.

While viewing the famous gardens we will draw parallels between the work of Monet as the gardener and of the artist. In each roll, he studied, cultivated and modified nature to show us beauty and mystery. Standing in his historic garden, bathed in the magical light that he also worked in, we will be inspired quite possibly in a way we have not yet experienced as photographers and painters. Overnight

Sat May 21 Paris – Home (B)
The flight time out from Paris will be announced as everyone will be transferred to the airport together. If you wish to extend your stay in Paris, you can take transportation from the airport to the city center. Depending on your flight time this morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Covid-19 Update

Strabo Tours is committed to continuing the wonderful photography/cultural programs that we have offered for almost 20 years. We are very committed to providing you with a safe journey and therefore have adopted new protocols for Strabo and our partners. We need each of our guests to understand and commit to adopting these protocols as well. What we have all learned in 2020 is that we know how to better protect ourselves and those around us, whether we are at home or abroad.

The new protocols will discuss the issues that have the greatest impact on reducing the transmission of illnesses. In order to have the broadest protection for Strabo, our partners, and guests, we will all need to follow these guidelines to protect the health of each other. Please note that several resources have been reviewed to develop these new protocols including the CDC, WHO and WTTC.

Please contact Strabo Tours if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help and guide you through your journey.

General Information

Land cost: $4795 per passenger*, based upon minimum of 8 paying passengers, maximum of 12. All our program prices are based on double occupancy. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 5-7 paying participants.

Single room supplement: $945 Single rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. We try to accommodate single travelers who request single accommodations, as well as single travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, we are unable to find a suitable roommate, or you are in a single for another reason, you will need to pay the single supplement.

*Note: The trip cost is based upon the current exchange rate between the Euro and U.S. Dollar. Although the rate has been relatively stable, should it change, there may need to be an adjustment in the trip price.

The land cost includes:

  • Group transportation from one location to the next in comfortable tour van. Services of driver during those specific days of the tour.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room.
  • Breakfasts (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D) as listed.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
  • Tuition for instruction by Nancy Ori.

The land cost does not include: International air fare; air fare tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; meals not listed as included; activities listed as optional, or those taken on your own; passport expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature or those not listed in what is included; tips to guides and service staff. Please contact Strabo Tours if you would like assistance with your International Airfare.

Book with Confidence:

Bookings through March 1, 2021, will have lower cancel fee should guest cancel or change to future trip. Contact Strabo Tours for details.

Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds

A deposit of $750 per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: $500 minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.
  • Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Fitness And Health

The trip is not strenuous and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You will be on foot in each of the cities and be able walk a few miles at a time. There will also be quite a bit of time walking to gain vantage points along beaches or from overlooks along the coast, everyone is responsible for their own safety. Some hotels do not have elevators. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).


Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure). Your tour could also be cancelled or cut short due to reasons out of Strabo’s control (pandemic, outbreak, or natural disaster are just some examples) and Strabo cannot be held responsible.

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlets, which outline their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. There are various levels of coverage you should be aware of before making your purchase. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll-free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.


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