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Giverny - Monet's Gardens

Just like riding a bike

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It's an early morning train to Vernon (near Giverny) and the train station is uphill, so we cab it to the train station - 8 people with luggage in 2 cars, it was a cozy ride :) Again a short commuter ride, but it goes fine. It is funny that on these commuter trains, there are no gates or any scanning of tickets - but we are glad to have paid for our train ride nonetheless.

The half-mile walk to the hotel seems straight-forward and we aren't aware of any real public transit (later we see the buses). Way too early for check-in we dump off the luggage and head back to the train station to rent bicycles, but more about that later. There is a fabulous market on the way - fresh fruit, cheeses, cooked meats, paella, olives, etc. It would have been nice to shop and such, but we are on a mission to get to Giverny and the gardens to have enough time there...

Rishaun had wanted to ride bikes in Paris, which seemed a bit dicey, so we had promised him we would do the bicycles from Vernon to Giverny. It is supposed to be a reasonably flat 3 mile ride. We let everyone else decide how they want to get there - some have not been on bikes in years, a great many years. Perhaps the peer pressure (not from me) was too much, we all decided to go by bike. Unfortunately, my phone was low on power and I knew I wanted some pictures at the garden... With poor directions we played musical leaders, backtracking and stumbling through town. Once we found the "road" to Giverny, we found it congested and not bike friendly. I very nice French lady flagged me down (as the currently misguided leader) and said to follow her, we would go through her yard/garden up to the very nice bike trail that was more of what were expecting/hoping for - another memorable experience... (and another extremely nice French person)...

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The trail was very nice and only about 3 miles (after getting out of town). But we had different paces and ended up separating before arriving at the Gardens (Phil and Kate broke off). It was difficult to know where to go into the "village" and what to see or do. Be we wandered around and found a no wait entry and went inside. As you might imagine, it was a fabulous place. The gardens are covered completely with plants, mostly in-bloom.

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The house itself was amazing with famous painters of all kinds hanging on the walls (besides his own works, Renior, Seurat, etc.) - it was like a mini-museum. The house looks out to the gardens itself a well.

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There's an underground passage to the incredible water lillies gardens - simply breathtaking despite the crowd. The place is truly sureal and really lived up to the hype about it, at least in my viewpoint.

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We had a nice meal - actually Rishuan and I had a 3 course extravaganza with Rabbit, Leg of Lamb and dessert) - in a showy, quaint but toursy restuarant in the village.

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As is typical, the bike ride back was easy and seemed much shorter. After some recovery time, we are ready to venture out in the city for dinner. As you might imagine, decide what/where to eat is somewhat of an ordeal with so many people. After an extensive search of the town, we land on an italian place (yes pizza, but at least with an egg). It is a nice dinner with lively conservations...

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Posted by M6-Greg 01:11 Archived in France

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