The plan for Tuesday was to take the train to Giveny to visit Monet's famous garden and with the help of a wonderful phone ap that helps you find your way anywhere using the Paris Metro it wasn't long till we were on our way on a fast train to Vernon.
Luckily, the crowds were not very large in this popular tourist spot and the gardens were spectacular.
The timing of our holiday meant we visited the gardens at tulip time and they were at their spectacular best. A riot of colour, the gardens stretched away from the pretty house towards the river. Green coloured frames everywhere contained climbing roses just coming into leaf, promising a wonderful display later in the summer and blossom trees with their soft white and pink were scattered about the garden too.
I think I took about 100 photos. I LOVE digital cameras. You can just click away to your heart's content without a worry.
Moving on from the colourful tulips you cross the road towards the river (Seine) using an underground walkway to the calm serenity of the water gardens where Monet painted the famous waterlily pictures and that wonderful green bridge. Of course everyone wanted their photo on the bridge so it was difficult to catch it unoccupied but I managed it as well as one with Tony there too. It is covered in a huge Wisteria which was about a week away from flowering but you can't have everything can you?
I'm so glad we managed a day here when the crowds were not too bad. I imagine it must be a real crush in the height of the tourist season.
We finished our visit with a tour of Monet's house and decided we could easily live in it. It has two huge bedrooms upstairs which look out over the gardens and downstairs has the loveliest kitchen and living rooms. Final photos of the garden then back to Paris on the train completed the outing.
Last night we strolled to my favourite restaurant in the world, Equinox, where we enjoyed a delightful dinner and conversation in broken French and English with a lovely waiter and the owner then we strolled home in a roundabout exploration of more of the fantastic Marais district in very cool temperatures and light rain.