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Oct 3, 2018 - Giverny or Bust

This morning we took Uber to Gare St. Lazar and boarded our train for Vernon-Giverny. Upon arrival, we opted to take “le petit train Givernon” to Monet’s home and gardens. It was, after all, 2 euros cheaper than the shuttle bus and why not save a bit? When we boarded, there were only single seats left, and I ended up in the last car facing backwards, just as I sat many times during family trips in our 1965 Pontiac Safari station wagon. This “vehicle” did not engender trust from me as I was held in only by a plastic chain as the driver raced...

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Jun 2, 2018 - Paris to Vernon (Giverny)

Day 15. Vernon 2/6/2018. Saturday. Overcast/sunny/hot. 15-33 degrees This morning we had late breakfast followed by an Information talk by the Tour Director, followed by an early lunch of which we had very little. It seemed no time since breakfast! We cruised down the river in daylight, and the scenery was as pretty as we’ve seen from the boat before. We moored at Vernon before lunch and after went by bus to Monet’s Garden at Giverney. We were there 25 years ago with Jill and Vince, and we certainly noticed a difference today - so many...

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May 17, 2018 - Giverny

After a late start, we drove past the grand Chateau, through the town of Versailles and along the motorway to Vernon. From here it was through the countryside, through neat little villages with tall rock buildings to the village of Giverny. The streets ate lined with hedges of green, red and orange. Arbors with clematis and roses abound. And then we enteted Monet's garden. Colors of pinks, reds, purples and white greet you. Azaeleas of every color are in bloom. Red, coral, pink and purple rhododendrons are grouped together. There are rows...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Giverny, France

My favorite artist is Claude Monet and many of his famous paintings were done at his home in Giverny. This is the site of the lily pond and the bridge that you see in so many of his paintings. My first time to Monet's home I was inspired and awe struck. The gardens. Wow! This is a cold region in the winter. They get snow here so the house and gardens are closed from November to April or May. The gardens are vast and depending on the time of the season you visit, you see different blooms. The first time I went was the beginning of September,...

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Nov 1, 2016 - Giverny

After the beautiful day, yesterday we woke up to fog. After checking our route out to head south again tomorrow we stopped first at Gaillon to look at the chateaux and then went on to the small village of Giverny. The main purpose was to visit the former house and gardens of Claude Monet. He lived here from 1883 to 1926, nearly half his life. It was a simple house hung with Monet’s amazing collection of Japanese engravings according to Monet own wishes. The gardens although autumn were a mass of colours and shapes. The water garden was very...

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Aug 1, 2016 - Vernon - Giverny & Monets Gardens

It was a very lazy start to the day. We had a sleep in, and had breakfast at 9am while the ship sailed along the Seine to Vernon. This easy start allowed me to get up to date with the blog. After lunch we were all bussed nearby to Giverny where Monet's house and garden are situated. We were on bus 3 and we had a very knowledgable guide who took us around the gardens, and into his house. The gardens and house were left unattended when Monet's last surviving child was killed in a bike accident. In circa 1980 a group of people organised a...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Monet's Garden, Giverny

Monet's Garden, Giverny Monet's garden has been a dream of mine for a long time. We got on the Metro to Saint-Lazare and then changed trains for the regional town of Vernon, Normandy, about a 40 minute train ride out of Paris. A naff little mini road "train" awaited us at the station. We chose that over the connecting bus and trundled around the picturesque streets of Vernon with a pre-recorded voice pointing out the highlights and history of the little town. I nearly choked on my baguette when the voice talked about William the Bastard's...

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May 28, 2015 - Coach Tour to Monets Garden, Giverny, Paris

Easy morning with a sleep in. The tour colds, bugs still hanging around - coughing and feeling out of sorts,but you press on - with more tablets! Seems a few bugs in the air even for locals - flying and travelling in coaches with people coughing without masks doesn't help either. Started our half day tour to Monet's Garden by cab to Paris City First Depot on Rue de Pyramides just through the Louvre for 13.45 departure. Good cab journey, friendly, informative driver. Well on time, so some sightseeing down Re de Honore an upmarket shopping...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Day 3 Paris - Giverny

This morning we have left nice and early as we have organised a tour to Giverny to see. The motivation to visit Giverny came from an exhibit we saw at the National Gallery of Victoria, based on Monet. At the end of the exhibit they showed a video which was on a massive screen, that was 180 degrees of viewing pleasure. We both were really moved by the video, and thought if we were to ever visit France, we’d hfsave to go here. Today we’re turning that bucket list item into reality. We’d decided we’d cab it over to the meeting point, so we...

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Apr 15, 2014 - Monet's Village - Giverny Vernon

Tuesday the 16th of April we took a tour bus to Monet's Village - Giverny Vernon. About an hour and a half away from Paris. We walked through his home and the gardens. All I can say is it was spectacular! The varying shades of color within each section reflects the thought and planning that goes into the selection of the flowers, bulbs, etc. Below you will find some detailed information on the area. Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the...

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Apr 11, 2014 - Walk-about Giverny

Last night some new travelers came to the bed and breakfast and "moved in" upstairs. As I mentioned this is an old place so the floors creaked. They did bed down early so no issues. But this morning I met them at breakfast. They are from Louisville. One of them had been to Columbus and mentioned Lindeys was his favorite restaurant. Small world! I also ran into a group of young women from Chicago in the Garden. They were heading to Bayeux (as are the Louisville group) next. I also met a four woman book club traveling together at Mont Saint...

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Apr 11, 2014 - Restaurants, Food, Art

After visiting Monet's Garden in the morning (9:30 to 11:30 gave me plenty of time) I went in search of lunch. Between Monet's Garden and the Impressionist Museum I was planning to visit in the afternoon (if you buy a combination ticket you can save a Euro or two) I found La Capucine Café. It was cafeteria style offering several hot soups, cold sandwiches, hot cassolets, what they called "creative salads" - with tuna, smoked salmon, ham, etc., quiches, and desserts. I would very strongly recommend this place! It had indoor and outdoor...

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