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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Day 12 Walking in Paris ... Monet's Garden

Day 12 Walking in Paris

There are not many places that are on the top of an artist's bucket list ... but this one is must ... Monet's Garden.
Wednesday we were off very early in the morning to get to the metro which took us to Gare St. Lazare, the rail station that we needed to get to in order to connect with the train to Vernon. We were then off on what was advertised as a 4Km walk to Monet's garden at Giverny. 

We met a wonderful traveler from Japan that shared our journey from the Vernon train station to the gardens ... which is actually more like 5 or 6 kilometers. 

The weather was a little cloudy so it was a good walk and we arrived with some energy for wandering in the gardens.  One of the tips we had found online was to be sure to head to the water area at the bottom of the garden first ... good advice.  If you arrive early and are the first in the gate then you would see the lower garden without a crowd.  We were there later so it was a little crowded ... not too bad.  
You will get a better idea about the beauty of the lower gardens through the video rather than me trying to express just how beautiful it was ... there really are no words.

Monet's home is like a work of art itself with every room in a different color and his studio filled with original works of art that stagger your mind.

I have been reading a biography of his life and even though he became quite famous and successful in his lifetime ... he struggled for most of his career with financial concern and critics opinions. I had no idea just how prolific he was in his work. He must have created thousands of paintings in his long life ... he lived to 86 years and painted almost every day right up until the end.

What an education this trip is for us! There are more adventures to come ... 
Walk On Strong!

We walked back to the station and on to the  train bound for Paris. We were so exhausted that we were nodding off in our seats along with all of the other commuters at the end of a busy day. 

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