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Monet & Giverny

More flowers than Kuekenhof!

Monet's garden

Monet's garden

M on famous Japanese bridge

M on famous Japanese bridge

A Chimera (not gargoyle) on Notre Dame

A Chimera (not gargoyle) on Notre Dame


Our last day in Paris was spent in Giverny – the home and inspiration for French Impressionist, Claude Monet. This is M’s third time in this wonderful city and she finally visited her favourite artist’s residence. A short fast train ride followed by a bus was required before reaching Giverny. It seems Giverny has not changed since Monet walked the streets and contemplated his next piece. Old stone houses (now B&Bs and cafes) lined the narrow winding streets. His garden was ablaze with colour. Mixed beds of bulbs – daffodils and tulips of many colours between gravel pathways joined by arch-shaped trellis adorned the large front garden. And below ground walkway took you the famous waterlily pond with weeping willows and of course – the Japanese bridge. It was a glorious spring day to top it off. We returned to Paris in the mid-afternoon and tackled the climb to the top of the tower at Notre Dame Cathedral. The clear afternoon light was perfect and for the view of the gargoyles and chimeras and of course, the spectacular view of Paris. Tonight we board the overnight train to Barcelona.

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