Travel Blogs from Giverny
In addition to the vein and vin, there was one other item I had asked be included in our itinerary: the home, flower gardens and water gardens of impressionist artist Claude Monet in Giverny. This was by far my favorite spot in France (and we saw several amazing sites here).
I inherited a love of impressionism from my mother and …
Giverny was a bust, as we arrived way too late. The hotel itself was nice and we had a good meal, but all the attractions were closed (e.g., Monet's house). We did take an evening walk through a local park that was the source of inspiration for some of Monet's paintings, but that was about it. Ended up as just a place to sleep.
... machine on the bus but that was quickly solved and we set off for Giverny.
It was a short trip (about 7 km) and we finally arrived. The gardens were magnificent - a huge area devoted to cottage garden style plants and then across a road - accessed by a tunnel - the water lily pond and Chinese bridge from one's most famous paintings. It was absolutely gorgeous, surprisingly peaceful, despite the many people there. There were winding paths that ...
... a lot of Cezannes I rather liked. The furnishings were interesting, the rooms all still as they had been, not a large house but so light and simple and lovely views of the garden of course. No photos allowed inside. We spent an hour or so there and had to head back for Rouen, this time deciding to take the tollway, as much faster. Which it was, and in fact only one section was toll, for which we'd saved more than enough coins, and there was a person in the toll ...
Wed May 1
May 1 is the French equivalent of Canadian Labour Day, only more so. Cindy noted that the French inclination toward the dramatic meant that such occasions are marked by much marching, protesting and general ballyhoo. She warned that France would be closed today and we could expect massed gatherings in Paris.
Happily, our morning's destination was Giverny, site ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed