Out in Africa travel blog


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 town was closed down as the Monet house and gardens close end of the month. We did manage to find a little cafe for a warm drink and sharing of an apple tart. Good thing that after 2 weeks of sitting on our butts we are walking around as I had a croissant at the train station.

Returned back to Paris and took the metro back as close to then apartment as possible as Verne's legs are tired. The winding staircase will keep us in shape.

After lunch of pizza at a Greek restaurant in Paris where a Coke Zero cost $5 we found a bakery and purchased a baguette, croissant, chocolate e'claire and a piece of cheesecake.

We the walked through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries to the Orangerie Museum to view Monet's paintings of the water lilies. Rick Steve's was correct in his tourist book that it was the only thing worth seeing. Verne and I haven 't taken any art appreciation courses (I don't think Verne has had an art class) so we have problems with some of the impressionists artwork being good.

An enjoyable day. Historical Walk tomorrow.



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