Monet's Garden & World War 2 Beaches.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
423Trip End Dec 31, 2018
We learnt this to our detriment recently, trying to sightsee amongst the teeming throngs of weekend French families. We set off first to see Monet's garden, not all that far from Paris and unfortunately this proximity to Paris means it is an ideal spot to take the International day trippers to. It is beautiful however and we had glorious sunshine to walk around the gardens and lily ponds then tick it off the list of "Unforgettable Things to See".
Using back roads, we set a course for the cities of Le Havre (to see the city that was rebuilt in a unique way after being almost completely destroyed in WW2) and Caen (to see the city which was integral to WW2 battles). The roads were just so busy and it became a very stressful day. Towards the end of the day we arrived at the World War 2 famous beaches and traffic became bumper to bumper as holiday beachgoers mixed in with tourists
A very strong wind was with us most of the following day but the sun came out and we visited the memorials and bunkers and learnt about the D Day invasion of Normandy. Tourist numbers and roads were finally managable.
Footnote: Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret is UNESCO World Heritage listed, Monets Garden features in the book Unforgettable Places to See before you die.
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