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Travel Blogs from Rouen
What a delightful way to finish off our time in Paris and France.
Despite a few early hiccups, we had a wonderful day in the garden that inspired many of Monet's most famous paintings.
As we mentioned in yesterday's entry we had pre-purchased our train ticket so we set the alarm and made it to the station in time for a 7.50 departure. The trip takes about an hour, Giverny being north west of Paris. We found our platform and train and settled ...
... and spent up in the gift shop! It was a lovely garden, obviously created to provide perhaps hundreds of perspectives and little scenes that would be pretty to paint or draw. Gaps in flower beds around the little lake, narrow avenues of tall flowering plants arranged in colour themes. And views back to the pink house with its green shutters. Even on a grey damp day there was colour and reflection and plenty of photos! Inside the house were many many paintings by friends ...
... traffic jam of mhs all waiting to get out. In the end the German had to reverse his giant mh with car being towed behind. By the time the gendarmes arrived we were on our way leaving the Germans looking embarrassed. Well, at least they got their own back at the football!
Now sitting on a very nice aire in Neufchatel en Bray thanks to Victoria, our very own Trip Advisor, watching Brazil v Colombia. Parfait!
... but I haven’t bought a white top for ages.
Mary and I then took the Metro and picked up our City Vision bus tour to
Giverny to Monet’s Garden and house. What magnificent countryside Paris has –
very green and lush. It does seem like a wealthy country. The bus tour was very
Claude Monet’s house ...
... spire. We went to visit an ossuary that was used during the time of the Black Plague. The buildings surrounded a gorgeous courtyard. The ornamental carving is very macabre with skulls and crossbones. This was also the site if my almost tragedy. I stepped off a stone step and my body moved forward and my shoe and leg remained behind. I hobbled for the rest of the day but all was well. Rouen was also where Joan ...