On Sunday, we went woke up docked in Vernon, France. A bus took us to Giverny to tour Monet's home and gardens. This is something I have ALWAYS wanted to see!
That's his beautiful home in the background (he bought this in 1883)
Lots of his paintings displayed on the walls
I loved the copper pots displayed in the kitchen
The flowers in the garden were breathtaking
Gardeners trained these branches to form perfect "Ts" to create a fence like border
Seth and I on the tour
Water lilies! You can barely make out the famous bridge featured in many of his paintings
We took a short walk to view his grave
When we returned to the ship, we took a nice (read: long and hot) walk with Brenda through Vernon. There wasn't a whole lot to see but we did walk to Chateau de Bizy.
We didn't tour the inside, but here's an iPhone photo from the visitor area window
On Monday morning I woke up and did a killer leg workout with another lady on the ship. When we were finished the ship was barely clearing this bridge! We arrived in Rouen that morning.
We did a walking tour of the city. The original half timbered buildings have the dates built on them
Notre Dame (in Rouen)- it's older and bigger than Notre Dame in Paris.
Seth with Saint Thomas
This is where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake (there's a memorial in the town centre)
Astronomical clock built in 14th Century
They had some great shops and Seth actually shopped with me (a rarity)
He *may have* only shopped with me because he loves eclairs. The pastry shops in Europe make my mouth water! Seth bought several eclairs on this trip :)
Notre Dame does a light show every night at 10 pm on the face of the cathedral
I have never seen anything like this, and I bet that other buildings start doing this. It was AMAZING!
There were two 15 minute shows - one is about Joan of Arc and the other was the Viking Invasion