The banks of the Seine are densely populated and highly
industrialized, but the northerly parts of the department remain rural and maritime.
These areas are characterised by the chalk cliffs of the 'alabaster coast', and the
forests and hills of internal rural areas such as Pays de Caux, Pays d'Ouche, and Pays
Rouen today is a city teeming with culture and dominated by Claude Monet's favourite
But Parisians often escape the city life to relax in the popular seaside resort of
Fecamp. It is this coastline, which stills holds the same fascination today, as it
did with the late 19th Century impressionist painters.