10th SWEET TRIP
From April 2024 the 19 th to the 22d
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With pleasure I present to you the 10th SWEET TRIP. This is a gay classic car rally which will be organised from the 19 until the 22 april 2024 by Dominique De Taverny.
For 2024, the SWEET TRIP will take place in the department of Seine Maritime around the city of Rouen. This department of France about 150 kilometers northwest of Paris is easily accessible from the north via several highways which arrive directly in Rouen. For this SWEET TRIP, you will enjoy your weekend of relaxation with walks, nice roads, convivial meals and visiting the heritage. In short, the slogan for this weekend is simple and remains the same: come, discover, enjoy and relax with your classic car! For your convenience, the road book will be translated into English and French, and the program will be translated into English and French. It is important to note that this rally is reserved for classic vehicles (more than 25 years old) or exceptions (rare vehicles produced in few copies).
I’m counting on you to be numerous and I’ll give you an appointment on 19th april 2024. Important !
Upon reception of your registration form and payment (and –only for France– your cheque) you will receive a confirmation of your participation by e-mail.
For 3 nights, you will stay at the hotel Novotel Rouen Sud ****.Now known with previous events, these hotels are without surprises and offer a good quality of services. This hotel is located in Saint Etienne du Rouvray,10 kms south of Rouen city center. All spacious rooms have TV, telephone, wifi and bathroom with shower or bathtub. This hotel has a restaurant where we will eat in the evening. Also, the exclusive bar reserved for the occupants of the hotel will remain open in the evening. Important: the hotel parking is private and closed.
NOVOTEL ROUEN SUD
Avenue de la mare Sansoure
Technopole du Madrillet
76800 Saint Etienne du Rouvray
Tél : + 33 (0)2 32 91 76 70
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
This Sweet Trip starts on Friday afternoon 19th april 2023 at Hotel Novotel Rouen Sud. Everyone will take his room, then dinner will be waiting for you. For late evening, the hotel bar will be open.
Saturday 20th april, direction the small village of Pont Saint Pierre at a place called Fontaine-Guérard to discover an unexpected and atypical place: the Levavasseur spinning mill. The romantic ruin of this industrial cathedral is a surprising and magical place in the middle of the countryside. We find very early on this site of Fontaine-Guérard, the presence of a mill to supply energy to a spinning mill of wool, cotton and manufacture of sheets. In 1822, the Levavasseur family became the owners of the premises. Following various fires in 1851, Charles Levavasseur decided to raze the site and establish a new factory. In 1855, he plans to rebuild the spinning mill. To run the spinning machines planned for 300 workers, he diverted the course of the nearby river and had a canal built which provided a 3.6 m waterfall. Work began in 1857. The factory, in the English neo-Gothic style, is 114 m long and 26 m wide and the octagonal towers at the four corners rise to 38 m in height. A second spinning mill, called “small spinning mill” (96 m long and 20 m wide) is built nearby. In 1861, the factory began production. On August 23, 1874, a fire ravaged the large spinning mill. Charles Levavasseur then passed the business on to his son Arthur. As the insurance could not cover all the work, only the small spinning mill was restored and put back into operation. In 1913, a new fire took place but did not prevent the activity from continuing. On December 16, 1946, a new fire in the small spinning mill put an end to all activity on the site. Only a building is rebuilt to the right of the dam where a power station is installed.
Then, you will take the direction of the city of Vernon for lunch in a local restaurant.
After the meal, you will head to the Château de Bizy. In Vernon, discover this castle built in 1740 in a classical style inspired by Versailles. Louis XV, the Duke of Penthièvre and Louis-Philippe (last king of the French) were the owners! You will discover the lounges decorated with beautiful woodwork and the memories of the Bonaparte family, as well as marshals Suchet, Masséna and Davout. Not to be missed: the Gobelins tapestries and a marquetry pedestal table offered by Napoleon 1st. Stroll through the English-style park with hundred-year-old trees, and admire its fountains, ponds and 18th century statues.
You will then take the road back to Rouen, but a stop is planned. You can admire the Château de la Battellerie from afar from the banks of the Seine. At the start of the 20th century, Louis Renault sought to acquire an estate in the countryside, and in 1906 he chose the town of Herqueville. This town first seduced him with its location, a hundred kilometers from Paris and easily accessible from the capital. Furthermore, due to its position in the heart of the Seine valley, the site has both good cultivable land (for the farm) and access to the river (Louis Renault, owner of a yacht, is a great amateur of walks on the water). Finally, the environment of Herqueville, surrounded by game-filled forests, was also seen as an asset by Louis Renault, who was passionate about hunting at the time. The Renault d’Herqueville estate was Louis Renault’s country “home” until his death in 1944.
In the late afternoon, return to the hotel Novotel Rouen Sud. Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant. For the evening, the bar is at your disposal for a discussion over a drink.
Sunday 21th april, direction the village of Saint Pierre de Varengeville. Art is offered to you in a jewel of 19th century Normandy architecture. Composed of a park of several hectares, varied gardens and monumental works, but also a 19th century Normandy castle which houses exhibitions, the Center d’art contemporain Matmut – Daniel Havis is an atypical place. Come and stroll there for a walk between art and nature. The Contemporary Art Center hosts 4 exhibitions of international, national or regional artists each year and 2 events Composed of thematic gardens, the 6-hectare park is dotted with 17 monumental works.
Then you will take the road towards Doudeville. At the entrance to this small village lost in the countryside, there is an unexpected place: the cabaret Le Puits Enchanté. This Queer cabaret offers a transformist lunch show. Who has never dreamed of meeting Cher, Madonna, Celine Dion, Amy Winehouse and so many others in the same place? On the program for your day: meal and cabaret review. All in a friendly atmosphere, under the sign of emotion, music, glitter, rhinestones, glamor and of course humor. The lunch show takes place in several parts with the artists. A unique moment and a total of more than 4 hours of show that you will not be ready to forget!
In the late afternoon, return to the hotel Novotel Rouen Sud. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. For the evening, the bar is at your disposal for a discussion over a drink.
Monday 22th april, get up at the time you want! The breakfast room is open until 10:00. Then everyone is free to go back to his home. For those in a hurry, they can leave early in the morning. For the others, it will be possible to keep his room until noon or to extend the stay in the region and to discover individually other curiosities.
The price of €380 per person in a double room (e.g. €760 for two) or €480 per person in a single room includes:
– 3 dinners at the Novotel Rouen Sud
– 3 nights at the Novotel Rouen Sud ****
– 3 buffet breakfasts
– 1 meal in restaurant on Saturday lunch
– 1 meal in Le Puits Enchanté cabaret on Sunday lunch
– The show in Le Puits Enchanté cabaret
– Visit of the ruins of the Levavasseur spinning mill
– Visit of the castle of Bizy
– Visit of the Matmut contemporary art center – Daniel Havis
– Documents necessary for the smooth running of the weekend (road-book and other …)
Please note : Those travelling alone, please reserve a single room, not a double, unless you have found a roommate yourself. The organisation cannot select or find participants for you to share a room.
Every meal during this event is ‘all-inclusive’ comprising wine or beer, water and coffee. However, neither individual consumptions in bars, hotels and restaurants are not included in the price.
Your registration is final only upon receipt of the total amount of the registration and payment must be made by 15th January 2024 for the Sweet Trip 2024.
In case of cancellation, a fee will be retained on your registration:
Up to 60 days before the Sweet Trip: Your registration can be canceled free of charge
Between 59 and 30 days before the Sweet Trip: 80% of the total registration is refunded
Between 29 and 15 days before the Sweet Trip: 50% of the total registration is refunded
Between 14 and 8 days before the Sweet Trip: 20% of the total registration is refunded
Last 7 days before the Sweet Trip: No refund of registration
Attention: this document has no contractual value and can be subjected to changes deemed necessary.