Saturday, 7 June 2008

Saturday Photo: Monet's Garden at Giverny

Roses, iris and clematis were in gorgeous bloom when we visited Monet's garden at Giverny on our trip. This was our second visit there--it's only about 45 minutes by train from the Gare St. Lazare and then an 11 € taxi ride from the station in the little town of Vernon. You can take a bus or walk also.

On the way back, after spending several hours wandering amid the truly lovely gardens, we walked the 5 km back along a cycling and pedestrian trail along which wild roses bloomed while the hillside above was dotted with red poppies.

We encountered about ten people in the hour and a half we sauntered along which made us feel that we were really getting a taste of the French countryside. Quite a shock to get back to the city around 7 p.m. when the foot traffic leaving the station was intense and the streets were full of cars. But more about that later.

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