More Reflections on our visit to Giverny

Trip Start Oct 08, 2012
Trip End Nov 29, 2012

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Flag of France  , Normandy,
Monday, October 22, 2012

Today we went to Giverny, which is where Claude Monet lived. His home and gardens are part of a living monument to one of the world's greatest painters. We caught a train to Vernon, the town that is 5 k from Giverny and cycled the rest of the way. It was a beautiful day of weather. Clear blue sky, the first we have had since arriving in Paris, and warm. 23 degrees. We kinda got lost on the way but in the end found Monet's house and garden. To say it is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen is an understatement. It is not hard to understand why Monet wanted to lived here with his family. The famous bridge is part of the garden. As is the house, which is large, but not palatial. But it is the lily pond that is breathtaking. Have a look at the pictures. No wonder he was inspired to paint so many lily works. We spent a good two hours in the garden and house and had lunch in the garden. Then we walked along the street to an Impressionist Gallery, which contained a range of works, including some of Monet's. After that we rode back to Vernon, returned the bikes and had a beer. Met a lovely couple from South Carolina, Roger and Carolyn, with whom we shared travel stories and pondered whether Obama would be re-elected. They had lived in Paris Paris when they were in their 20s. It was a stunning day. Thanks to our dear friend Russell Morton for insisting we visit Giverny. Wouldn't have missed it for the world Russell. Loved taking photos in this beautiful place. Rosanne noticed the multi-coloured leaves of the wall Vineland said take a photo of that and this is the result. Very Monet-like effect we feel. The couple we met at Vernon suggested we turn this pic into a teashirt to help fund our trip. Not a bad idea. One of the best parts of our trip has been the people we have met and the conversations we are having.
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Peter W on

aah, the bridge - amazing tranquility

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