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Jun 3, 2011 - Vernon, Giverny, les Andelys

We left Conflans last night about 7PM, we wake up today in Vernon. Vernon was a critical area during the time of the rivalry between the Capetians and the Plantagenets..how well do you remember your history?? Our excursion this morning was actually to another small town just outside of Vernon, Giverny. While travelling on a train Claude Monet noticed this village. He rented a house, which he eventually bought, created the gardens and proceeded to paint some of his most famous works such as the water lillies and the Japanese bridge....

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May 20, 2011 - Le Havre, France and on to Paris

We skipped Le Havre for a bus tour to Paris that gave us 3 1/2 hours on our own after a city tour. The bus ride to Paris was long, over 2 hours. The man in front of us was coughing, but we couldn’t move. Will Richard get sick? (Yes he did) Our guide was good and the driver was good but he didn't speak English. After stopping at a rest stop for a pee break the air conditioning in the bus stopped working. Paris is congested. We drove down the Champs Elysee, saw the Arc de Triomphe, all the fashion stores, the Louvre, the Pantheon, Notre...

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Mar 26, 2011 - Louviers & Rouen

Entry number 100 in the blog! A milestone! We've come inland a bit, to Louviers just south of Rouen. Doing a little bit of walking in the ancient Louviers forest, before heading to Rouen tomorrow, and then back to the coast. Only 6 days until we leave. It's strange, we're definately in wind-down mode. We've started to do such practical things, like make arrangements for the handover of the house, getting our jobs organised, putting the van up for sale. This is definately all coming to an end, isn't it? We're looking forward to coming...

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Oct 18, 2010 - Monet's Gardens

Vernon and Giverney (Claude Monet's house and famous gardens) We did have some difficulties getting here (Vernon) from Eu... Firstly, when we arrived at the town square beside the cathedral in Eu for the bus from Eu to Dieppe, we discovered it was market day; the place was crammed with vendors and it was obvious the bus was not going to arrive there. Fortunately, it was late enough in the morning for the tourist office across the square to be open, and they informed us that on market days the bus leaves from another place… about 10 minutes’...

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Oct 15, 2010 - Ville d'Eu

It is the wee hours of the morning (2 am), and I am sitting with my laptop in the corridor of the youth hostel in Eu, Normandy (just east of Dieppe). Unfortunately, I can't get internet connection in our room, so I’m sitting on a hard bench in the silent hallway downstairs, while Kirianne sleeps upstairs. This hostel is interesting – it’s the former kitchen outbuilding for the huge chateau of Eu, residence of the Dukes of Normandy (and later kings), built some 500 years ago! Our travel plans have been disrupted by a train workers’ strike -...

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Oct 10, 2010 - Nous sommes en FRANCE! Dieppe

Nous sommes en France!!! in a lovely seaside hotel in Dieppe. We arrived from England by ferry yesterday. (Thankfully a smooth sailing.) It's a fantastically sunny warm day here; Kirianne and I just spent the last couple hours on the beach! (not actually swimming, since K has a cold and it seems a bit foolhardy to immerse oneself in the English Channel in mid October, don't you think?) Anyway, I was lying on the cobbles (it isn't a sandy beach but rather smooth stones, average size of ping pong to tennis balls - murder on the feet to walk...

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Sep 26, 2010 - Rouen

We purchased a SIM for our GPS before we left and she’s having a little problem so we use the old fashion technique: maps and road signs. We follow the signs but the signs don’t show the distance but we make it OK as Linda transcends into the techie world and changes the GPS from miles to KM and local time – clever girl. We make it to Rouen and we find the first hotel but it doesn’t look appealing so we try for another, finally ending up in the main square Vieux Marche. We find another hotel and it’s charming (and has a heated towel bar for...

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Aug 29, 2010 - Monet's Home/Gardens

Since we didn't get the chance to see Monet's Gardens on the day we saw Versailles, we scheduled it in for when my parents were with us. The gardens themselves are stunning. Monet planted them himself to create different views no matter where you go. He cleverly planned it out so that no matter what season it is, something will be in bloom. The water garden is the most famous, known for its water lilies lazily floating down a river under the green painted bridges. Willow trees line the edge and canoes sit on a nearby shore. It was much...

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Aug 25, 2010 - Rouen

Since we did the old walk in Dinan and our train left later in the day, we didn't get to Rouen until late at night. It took us a while to get from the train to our hostel. They didn't give very good directions and we felt lost quite a few times. We did find our hostel eventually, and it was very nice, but it was much too late to do anything there (ps if staying at the hostel in Rouen through HI hostels, take the train AND the bus from the station...the walk is further than you would think.) As a result we had to save our exploring until the...

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May 17, 2010 - Saint Valery en-Caux (N.W. France)

Hey all, . After visiting the village of Villers Bretonneux, we continued on to Saint Valery en-Caux (Haute Normandie) on the North West Coast of France. This coastal town was the location where my mother's father (Edward Jordan) was captured by the German Army in WWII. . He was a member of the British Expeditionary Force, 51st Highland Division. Due to the rapid advancement of the German Army into western Europe, the allied forces retreated to coastal Northern France (Dunkirk) where British ships were to be sent to rescue the troops. After...

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Oct 15, 2009 - MunichRound2

Sitting in lobby of Hotel Ludwig b/k only way can log on w/this computer. In the COLD lobby - freezing here, about 30 F. Snowed in Berchtesgaden, couldn't go to Eagle's Nest, to museum instead. Beautiful, like Christmas card. Stayed at Hotel Bavaria. 6.51 a.m. train to Nurembeerg tomorrow, 1 hr, then train to Prague. Excellent trip. Too many things, may get knocked off any minute. Later. Wilda and Cel.

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