Monet’s Garden

Me in front of a beautiful garden of poppies. It was chilly!

Good afternoon everyone!

Today was early.  Hailey and I woke up at 6:30 in order to eat and get to the train station on time.  Our train to Vernon was quick, only about 45 minutes, but the train was crowded.  When we got off in this provincial town, we had to take a twenty-minute bus ride to GivernyClaude Monet lived in this tiny town of 500 residents for most of his adult life.  He had expansive gardens that inspired his famous impressionistic paintings.  Today I got to see these gardens! It was a little chilly and overcast, but not too bad! We walked around the immense garden and the lilly-pad pond and then toured his house.  It was pretty crowded, lots of Japanese tour groups, field trips, and old people. 

After the garden, we visited the only other attraction in the town, the Impressionist Museum.  It was nice, but pretty crowded.  The museum was featuring an artist, Bonnard.  This artist lived in the Seine rivervalley and then moved to Trouville/Deauville.  If you recall, that is where our entire group took a day trip.  What beautiful places, I would want to paint them as well!

Where Monet painted his famous water lilly pictures. It was splendid!

We then attempted to find the ‘main drag’ of town, only to discover there isn’t one! So we headed back to Paris, arriving around 2.  I took a nap.  It was glorious.  Hailey and I went to ‘Quick’ for dinner.  It is like a french fast-food restaurant.  It was decent but cheap.  McDonalds is way better! I will stick to my baguettes and ham/butter sandwiches! The entire group of us went out for beverages at nine.  We had a good time (some more than others) and grabbed a crepe before heading back.  I had Nutella/banana.  It was delicious. 

Good night!

Love,

Amanda

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