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... flowers are grouped by colour. Most are familiar perennials. It is a great place to eat lunch!
Monet's house is open for inspection and shows a Chinoiserie influence. It has commissioned reproductions stacked high on the wall of his studio. The large family kitchen has a wood stove the country relatives would die for!
A tunnel under the road takes us to the famed water lily pond where crowds mill ...
... the English and the French. It's site, however, offers stunning views up and down the Seine Valley.
A couple of passenger river cruise boats are docked nearby and a cargo boat passes by. We eat our lunch with the white swans to the sound of the river.
Then we surrender again to Naggy Maggy and her instructions for the drive into Rouen Cathedral. It's a one hour drive through small villages, mown fields and woodlands.
Rouen Notre Damę Cathedral ...
... men and equipment could then be easily brought ashore. In an attack akin to Gallipoli, thousands died but the assault successfully drove the German forces back and eventually resulted in the liberation of France. The remains of those pontoons lie out to sea in a 180° vista, looking like a collection of distant submarines.
We call at the Cinema Circulaire atop the Arromanche hill where two of the enormous pontoons sit along with memorial plaques and wreaths from ...
From the small town of Vernon we traveled to Monet's Gardens in Giverny. A picture speaks a thousand words so I leave you with the images. I experienced so much joy here - as I have had fantasies of such a garden (and my Diana seems like another flower among them)! The better photos were taken with my canon which I will have to wait ...
... is the dining area which is painted a beautiful butter yellow including the furniture with blue dishes. It is a beautiful room, very warm and welcoming.
We then went to the shop and looked through all the goodies. This was one of Monet’s studios which was the last one he built. It is very large with very tall ceilings which allowed him to paint his large canvases. We then walked a short distance up the road to the ...