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Oct 29, 2012 - Monet Day

Up early on this damp and gray day to go to the train station. Somehow we made it there even though we didn't know where we were part of the time. Got the first train to Vernon and then the shuttle bus to Giverny. One of the first ones to Monet's house and then the gardens. There were more autumn flowers than I though we would see, but coming to an end. The lily pond was quite nice and am sure it is gorgeous in the summer, as are the rest of the gardens. But there are also a lot more people. The place is closed at the end of the month and...

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Out in Africa

Oct 22, 2012 - Monet Day

Up early to head for the train station to go to Vernon. Somehow we managed to get there even though we weren't sure where we were some of the time. Got the first train and then the shuttle bus to Giverny to Monet's house and gardens. It was damp and cloudy today so it was chilly walking the gardens. There were some flowers in bloom but it is getting ready to close at the end of the month. I am sure it is beautiful in the summer, but also crowded with people! Enjoyed walking around the lily pond, the inspiration for his painting. Most of the...

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Out in Africa

Sep 12, 2012 - The ride - AA Flight #42, Monet gardens in Giverny and Honfleur

The flight was great - all 8 hours of it. We ate, the food was terrific, we slept in a cozy bed, we watched a movie and the flight attendants were very pleasant, something you don't find in domestic flights. With Rick Steve's on one arm and Frank on the other, we hit the ground running. Our luggage was out in less than 20 minutes and we head to Avis to pick up the car. These logistics were easily executed. Driving out of Paris was much easier than I thought it would be and within 30 minutes we were on a highway (after taking a wrong turn...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Drive to Rouen

Today’s itinerary will take us from Chartres northwards towards Rouen, and then west to Caen where we will spend the night. All up the driving time should be about 3.5 hours. We were a bit tired from last night’s light show, so we’re taking our time this morning and leaving a bit later. The drive out of the Loire region (where Chartres is located) was due to take about 2hrs, and we had planned to get there around midday, so we could eat lunch, but we ended up leaving Chartres about 12.30. I walked around a little bit in the morning to take...

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Aug 9, 2012 - Giverny & Paris

Today's highlight was a stop in Giverny [Jvef vernay] to see the home and gardens of the artist Oscar Claude Monat. There were lots of tourists (of course) but we were able to shuffle our way through his comfortable 2-story home of 43 years (no photos allowed). He had a very large collection of Japanese prints which he hung on the wall of most of the rooms. All but 3 of his own paintings were copies, the rest being in museums. The kitchen was cheerful and inviting with white and blue tiles on all of the walls. We took lots of pictures of...

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May 22, 2012 - Giverny Monet's Garden

This afternoon it was off to Monet's garden in Giverney. The garden is now in two parts: You now go through a tunnel under the road to get to the Water garden. I suppose if a road has to split a hostorical garden , theyve at least done it in such a way you think it might always have been like that! The garden is interesting not just becasue of the colour; and I'm sure you could go there in any seasoin and something would be flowering and it would look amazing. It is laid out like a formal garden, in rectangles. In the biggest of these...

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Europe 2012

Oct 20, 2011 - Rouen

Rouen is a fabulous city. The Rouen Cathedral is really interesting because early, late, and flamboyant Gothic styles are side by side. Our guide is very interested in architecture so we got quite an education. Hhe also taught us about the timber frame and it's development. This is a city I would love to come back to.

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Oct 20, 2011 - Abbaye St. Wandrille

This afternoon we hopped on the bus and drove through the most beautiful countryside to the Abbaye St. Wandrille. We walked through the ruins of the old cathedral on the way to the present day church. These ruins were those of the 4th cathedral. The 1st was destroyed by lightning, the 2nd by the Vikings, the 3rd by a careless monk who knocked over a candle, and the 4th by the French Revolution who used it as a stone quarry.The new church is a 13th c. stable that was moved and completed in 1969. The woodwork in the ceiling is exquisite. It...

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Oct 19, 2011 - Les Andelys

This morning we cruised from Vernon to Les Andelys. The Chateau Gaillard of Richard the Lion Heart fame is here. I climbed up there after lunch - that was a hike but well worth it. The castle ruins were fun to explore and the views of the town were spectacular. The ship put on quite a parade with sparklers for Harry's birthday. His cake had a fireworks display that was pretty spectacular. I would love to figure out how to get them back to the States. The kids would love them!

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Oct 18, 2011 - Monet

These gardens are a real highlight! After going through Monet's house we were turned loose in the gardens. I don't have to tell you that Molly and I were in 7th heaven. What we couldn't get over was there were iris blooming. At home they are through by May. Most of the flowers were at least 4' tall so were walking through gorgeous alleys of flowers. The lily pond gardens, though carefully planted, look wild. With the fall color beginning it was beautiful. Monica, the dahlia picture was taken for you. You wouldn't believe the variety of them...

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Jun 20, 2011 - Monday Day 14-Rouen & Paris "Julia in Rouen:An Opening Up of the Soul and Spirit."

Monday June 20 Day 14 Well today the forecast is cloudy with a chance of rain---and we’re off to Rouen. Of all places on this epicurean journey one might ask why Rouen? Apparently, besides being a medieval town (designed by a Viking in 911) and being the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431 there is also a famous restaurant there- the 14thcentury La Couronne. Built in 1345, it is not only the oldest restaurant in France---but it is also the site where Paul took Julia for her first French meal and is credited with being...

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