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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 21, 2018 - We now have a car

This morning we picked up the rental car and left Paris. We made it to Giverney, the home of Monet's beautiful gardens. After viewing the gardens and exploring the little village we then drove on a little further to our accommodation on a farm a few klms from Vernon. The whole town of Vernon was celebrating the start of summer with the main streets closed off and many bands playing outside pubs and restaurants. We enjoyed a beautiful French dinner before returning back to Forest Farm for an early night.

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Jun 15, 2018 - Honfleur, Deauville

This a.m. we walked through Honfleur's Old City to the Eugene Boudin Museum. We took audioguides and wandered through. Gord liked Boudin's Lady on the beach while I preferred Adolphe Mairais Return of the Herd. It has won several awards includong a Parisian award. In it the one cow's head turns and follows you as does a goat's. There wete others we both liked. After we went back to the hotel and drove D513 to Villeville. We were disappointed in this town and glad we had stayed in Honfleur. Further south along D513 we came to Trouville sur...

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Jun 14, 2018 - Etretat

We spent this morning in Etretat. We hiked first up the cliff with the sea arch and tooth. From the lookout we could see a third sea arch just beyond with a small bay between. The solid looking cliff is misleading. There are many cracks and crevices in it wracked by tides and weather. On the way back down we learned some of the history of Etretat. Before the Parisian elite discovered Deauville, they came to the sleepy little fishing village of Etretat. Along the beach there was a boat building and repair business and a net repairing...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Dieppe, Etretat

It was 10a when we talked the GPS into taking us on D925 to Dieppe, a mere 20 kms away. We found out as we wound through the narrow streets of Treport that it was indeed a city and not a village. It sprawled over the hilltop quite a ways. We meandered along mostly avoiding the little villages and towns to Dieppe. Dieppe is a big city with its Old Town sprawled across a river's mouth. We found our way across the river and beyond the cliffs. It is hard to believe the soldiers were expected to scale these cliffs! Further along is a Canadian...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Les Andelys

Day 19. Des Andelys 6/6/18. Wednesday. Cold and wet. 13-15 degrees We had another quiet day today, as it was raining and we were to go to castle ruins where the ground was quite slippery according to some of those who went. We felt it prudent to stay indoors, and we have enjoyed the down time, in preparation for our time in Bruges. We’re now on our return journey to Paris where we should arrive about 2.30am. There is quite a lot to see both sides of the river, passing by small villages and some bigger towns. What makes a village??........a...

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Jun 5, 2018 - Rouen

Day 18. Rouen 5/6/18. Tuesday. Wet and overcast 13-24 degrees The boat is staying put in Rouen today, and some people have opted for the full day Somme tour, others for the guided tour of Rouen and we’re having a sleep-in! We were finally up and ready for breakfast at 8.30, and then back to our room to rest, do some laundry and get some order into the chaos of my (L) packing. We went down to the lounge for coffee at 11, and soon enough, it was time for lunch. A lovely, lazy morning. After lunch the rain eased, so we went for a walk into the...

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Jun 4, 2018 - Rouen

Day 17. Rouen 4/6/18. Monday. Overcast, some light rain 15-24 degrees Last night’s dinner was another selection of tastes. Tony, I hope you would be proud of me for going out of my comfort zone and at least trying some of the foods....but I just couldn’t come at the snails, and I tried caviar a few nights ago and I didn’t like it, so gave that a miss. I’m cheap to keep!!! But it was a good fun night, followed by great entertainment in the lounge. I think I mentioned that lots of people on the cruise were coughing and sneezing, and we did...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Caudenbec-en-Caux, Normandy

Day 16. Caudenbec-en-Caux 3/6/18. Sunday. Hot and sunny 14-27 degrees We had an early start for our half day excursion to Pays d’Auge region in Normandy, renowned for its cheeses, cider and calverdos, where we visited the Le Breuil-en-Auge distillery for a guided tour and tastings, of both the apple products and the cheese. A great morning, although some of the cheeses were not quite to our taste. Hazel I think you’d like them! Ian did enjoy the cider. We then stopped at a lovely little ‘one of the prettiest villages in France’ for an hour...

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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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Oct 22, 2017 - Cliffs of Etretat

Today we woke up to rain. It rained all morning but we were sailing up the Seine River to our next destination, so they entertained us in the Lounge with a French cooking lesson and cheese tasting. Very tasty. After lunch, the rain stopped, the sun peaked out and we were off on our buses to the Cliffs of Etretat. These are beautiful white cliffs on the Normandy coast of the Channel. The French don't call it the English Channel, they just call it the channel. Who said it had to be English? At Etretat, erosion has created extraordinary arches...

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