Mercure Rouen Val De Reuil
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... and boy was it hot out there, after munching our way through a baguette it was back on the road for another couple of hours. This autoroute is empty, lorries can't drive on Sunday's but think it's going cost another arm and leg in tolls!!!! Already stumped up €16 for a short one! Finally off the autoroute,that's another €56! Oh no popped on one for 1 junction ...
... largely unfenced - no animals graze the stubble. I can only assume the corn and hay are for feeding small mobs of the limousin cattle around the farms over winter.
We have little trouble finding a park in the main street of Giverney. It is a good omen. Crowds are down today with only one tourist bus visible. The Monet Museum is closed for a one week changeover in their exhibition... a strange thing to be doing ...
... 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 DamÍ Cathedral ...
... Monets inspiration for his world renown "Water Lily" artworks began. Crossing over the famous Japanese bridge and taking in the marvels of this beautiful garden. We then proceeded to his home- a sweet French style cottage with an extremely large dining room, lounge room and over 10 bedrooms. Why so many rooms? Fun fact: Oscar Claude Monet married his wife Janet and had 2 boys. There happened to be a banker in town who loved Monets artwork and invited Monet ...
... inverted world transfigured by the liquid element. Monet had his Japanese Bridge built by a local craftsman.
By the time the garden was restored the bridge was too damaged to be saved. It had to be rebuilt by a firm from Vernon. It is made of beech wood. The wisterias have been planted by Monet. After Claude Monet's death in 1926, his son Michel inherited the house and garden of Giverny. He did not live there and it was Monet's step-daughter Blanche who ...