Today I thought it would be fun to participate in "Let's Take a Trip "over at Judy's Front Porch. Drop by her place for some more tours.
At our little Parisian hotel we discovered that they offered day trips out of the city right from the hotel. All you had to do was tell the front desk clerk you wanted to schedule a trip and then voila, a van pulls up to your hotel, and along with a few other passengers away we go. We were whisked off to Normandy, to see the gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny, France.
After we got off the freeway, we entered into the country side of Normandy. You can barely see the pillars of the old bridge that was bombed and destroyed during WWII
Upon entering the little village of Giverny this is what you see....hollyhocks growing along the roadside wild...This is the village, not very big at all.
After we parked we followed this trail that kept saying lily ponds ahead...when we finally got there, we just came out from the brush... and this was my first view... of this utterly amazing spot on planet earth...I was swooning a little...hehehe
These pictures don't even begin to do justice of coarse...the willows were weeping alllllll over the place...sigh
A parting shot of the famous wisteria bridge...the wisteria were done blooming, but that didn't matter too much...we were about to enter the GIANT bouquet! (see header)
What completely took me off guard in this garden was how much everything was grown up on structures into the air. Plants were just surrounding us from overhead and dripping from the air.
This is Monet's home. I didn't even bother going inside. It was hot, the line was long, and you could not tear me away from this garden dlb sigh....
Heading out of the village, one more parting shot of bliss
As we traveled back to our hotel, the driver took the scenic route and gave us a grand tour of the countryside. These are just a few shots out of the van windows.
Goodbye Normandy, someday I hope to be back to perhaps see those famous cliffs and beaches...