Yesterday morning we picked up our rental car & drove to Giverney which is only about 40 miles west of Paris. For those of you who don’t know, it’s where Monet lived and where his incredible gardens (which he frequently drew, including those famous water lilies) are. Unfortunately, it was raining all day yesterday but neither the rain nor my cold stopped us! His house is fun to walk through, although there are no original Monets there; it was good we had been to the museum in Paris the day before. The gardens were lovely & just fun to wander in (even if I was chilled!). As I said, this formatting is different. At this point I wanted to insert a photo of me in the garden & didn’t manage to do so. Guess I should have conferred with my tech advisor before the trip. Since the time I first wrote this blog, I did confer with him. I have managed to add 2 photos at the end of the blog. Perhaps next time I will manage to get them within the text.
Actually there is also a lovely museum practically next door to Monet’s house which specializes in Impressionism; surprise, surprise. The current exhibit was of American Impressionists (Mary Cassatt. Sergeant, etc.). It was quite good. They had some Monets as well!
We stayed overnight in a lovely little inn in Giverney. The Times travel section has been very helpful on this trip! It has the charm of an old inn but has been modernized; I liked it a lot; MDH not so much. He liked the Four Seasons George V in Paris! We had dinner at the inn which was outstanding. Time for breakfast here now (which was excellent) and then we drive to Rouen where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
More to come by one format or another.