Travel Blogs from Giverny
... 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 ...
... Close to the buildings were intricately groomed and sculpted geometrical plantings, but as far as the eye could see there were reflecting ponds and strategically treed forest. It was quite impressive, and may have been the better place to spend the day exploring. But we had a date for the inside tour scheduled, so had to scurry off to queue up.
As we rounded the front of the palace, the Battle ...
... this afternoon and got a fresh baguette that was still warm from being fresh baked and had some brie..... incredible! Did I mention I love Paris??? I think if I spoke French I'd stay forever! However I've hit maximum language confusion since a lot of people here will talk to you in French even if you speak to them in English, and I keep forgetting how to say things in French so will say 'por favore' or 'bitte' and then just go bleh..... and speak English! Brain ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed