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Jul 18, 2013 - Monet's Garden

Firstly, a few corrections from yesterday's journal. Firstly, after posting yesterday, Gina and I went for a walk over the bridge to the other side of the Seine - it's more than 200 metres wide, not 100 as I said. Secondly, you are all, except Kaye, obviously too polite to point out my error with the 'wedding room' photo. Not like you, Evan! I must have hit the wrong one to upload, so will send the correct one today. Or maybe no one's taking any notice - sacre bleu!!!!!! Today, we caught the shuttle bus to Giverny and Claude Monet's garden...

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Jul 17, 2013 - Vernon

This morning we hit the public transport system and caught the tram from our hotel in Rouen to the railway station and then the train to Vernon, a train trip of just under an hour. The train was impressive, a double-decker that only stopped 3 times between Rouen and Vernon on its way to Paris. So why Vernon? Well, it is a large town on the Seine just a few kilometres from Giverny and has the closest railway station to Giverny. Why Giverny? It's the location of Claude Monet's house and garden and after seeing the Monet exhibition in...

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Nov 6, 2012 - Vernon

We have been to the train station here to visit Giverny. Vernon was founded in the 7th century by the first Duke of Normandy, Rollo, a Viking. Vernon was important as a transit point between Paris and Rouen, and a river crossing place; it was well fortified and frequently besieged. A bridge was not built until the 12th century, the remains which are on the right bank and could be seen as we crossed the bridge to visit the mill and Castle Tourelles. The castle was a tower and small fortification built by Philippe Auguste in the early 13th...

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