Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Our Trip to Monet's Garden

Posted by Rosie

Simon, in his last blog, made a passing mention to our recent trip to Monet's Garden.  It was an early birthday present for me and as it wasn't something the boys wanted to do we really had to go before the end of term to save having to drag them along too.  It just would not have been the same with 2 bored boys in tow!

It's about 2½ hours from here but I can say well worth the trip.  The gardens are stunning, the village of Giverny is beautiful and there is plenty to entertain visitors for the day including art galleries, a museum, a self-guided walk, brocantes, restaurants and tea shops.

These are just a few of the photos we took which I hope will give you a small insight into our day - really though, you have to go to truly appreciate the gardens and village - you will not be disappointed.  The gardens are open daily from March 29th to November 1st from 9.30am to 6pm and to save queuing at busier times you can book your tickets on-line.  Their website is one of the worst I have seen for a major attraction but we managed to book advance tickets without any problems.  Click here if you dare!

Lakeside flowers
Lakeside leaf
Lakeside seed heads
The lake
The Japanese bridge and Verbena bonariensis
The house gardens - yellow
Sunflowers by Monet's house
The house gardens - pinks and purples
Gardens do not manage themselves!
Bamboo at a brocante in the village
Why walk when you can skateboard?
Grave of 9 British pilots whose plane crashed nearby in WWII
Awaiting visitors at the Baudy Hotel

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