Morning Day #3 in Paris
Exhausted from the previous night, I slept until 10:10 causing me to miss the free breakfast provided by the hotel. Instead I ate at a nearby restaurant called Panache. I was served delicious full-bodied coffee and and incredibly flaky croissants with cherry jam. One croissant was filled with chocolate. I accidentally put salt from what I thought was a sugar bowl into my coffee, It was quite a shock when I took a big gulp! The nonjudgmental waitress kindly gave me another cup. Once again, I walked the thirty minutes to the France Tourism office feeling quite pleased that I was exceeding my step goal each day on my Fitbit while in Paris. Once I arrived at the France Tourism Office, I boarded the luxury air conditioned bus to Giverny with a small friendly group of ladies from various countries such as Turkey and Italy. Thankfully, they all spoke some English so the tour guide conducted the tour in English. In addition to being air conditioned, I was also able to charge my phone, but the WiFi was not working. The amazing tour guide, Frederick, shared his WiFi signal from his phone with me. Observing the lovely French countryside made the two hour drive quickly pass.
The day was unseasonably hot and Monet’s house and gardens were very crowded, but in spite of all the heat and excessive people the house and gardens were amazing! Everyone was complaining about the record breaking temperatures, but being from eastern NC which gets hot and humid during the summer, I felt right at home!
Monet planned every detail of the beautiful garden, inspired by his love for Japanese art. Bamboo trees and Japanese bridges added to the beauty of the pond. I was thrilled to actually walk across the Japanese bridges and see the pond covered in lily pads with pinkish lavender flowers and surrounded by weeping willow trees knowing this place inspired so many of Monet’s famous paintings. There was such an array of gorgeous flowers…poppies, lilies, roses, peonies, daisies, lavender, irises, etc., etc., that is was quite breathtaking. Walking through the house in which he lived for forty years was like stepping into a time capsule as his paintings and furniture were just as they were when he lived there. I especially liked the kitchen with the blue and white tiles and the copper pots and pans illuminated by the natural sunlight. No time was allowed for food so when I rushed through the gift shop and exited the house, I bought a cool bottle of water and two scoops of delicious ice cream, one limello sherbet and the other, melon. Just right for the hot day. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and considerate and kept me nearby when I told him I was hard of hearing. It was such an amazing tour!
The only way to top off this unforgettable day was to once again stop by the marvelous Cartier’s restaurant near my hotel and enjoy tasty escargot, sea bass with fennel (beady eye and all!) new potatoes, prunes in wine accompanied with ice cream and a glass of wine. Afterwards, I collapsed in bed anticipating tomorrow’s trip to Normandy!