4.23.09 Rouen and Giverny
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Beautiful Spring day in
We left our carpark in
But by the time we left at 8am, the lot was finally cleared.
The light system at one of the roundabouts was one of the most complex I’ve seen. We’ve had before lights for entering the roundabout, but this one also had lights as you exited. Only they were tiny lights on the right for our double lanes. Very confusing, but we figured it out and no accident occurred. We were glad to be early in the morning though or it would have been more stressful.
We made it via motorway (8E) to Rouens. Parking was challenging to find, but we passed a curbed area where trucks and a camping car (that’s what Sugar is called in
We walked across the
After enjoying some baguette sandwiches (2.5E each) at a street café and wandering the lovely cobblestone alleys of this medieval town, we decided to head on down the road to Giverny.
Giverny is, of course, where Claude Monet, the famous impressionist painter, lived in the late 1800’s.
Upon arrival at the free parking at Monet’s Visitor’s Center, we asked the nice parking guy if it was possible to park for one night in the lot. He said that we could park high up in the lot by the house and gardens and to take the 2nd left. At that turnoff, we pondered the small road curving in front of us and pulled over to let a van through. A nice guy who worked there was in the van and toting in tourists- he kindly confirmed the location of the hidden parking lot and that we could stay overnight. They, fortunately, spoke better English than my attempts at French.
So we drove on up the skinny road and Jazy kindly pre-walked the lot to make sure we could fit, or at least turn around, amongst all the cars. We pulled up to the top and there was a band of open spots for Sugar. Later, we backed her into a spot in the emptying lot so that we are now taking up only one space.
The gardens were stunning and absolutely quintessential on this most glorious Spring day! The trees and flowers were blooming and the air smelled sweet. It was lovely beyond description. I took a million pictures to share. We saw a few tourists from
Monet’s house was also very lovely with a sunny yellow dining room and delft blue-tiled kitchen. We sadly learned very little about Monet though. There were no pamphlets or signs at all, not even in French. We’ll have to research on our own.
There was one room (his studio) which housed reproductions of his famous paintings- it listed the paintings’ names and where the originals are located.
The weather was pleasantly warm today. We wandered Monet’s gardens in short-sleeves and it felt perfect. The sun felt warm on our now-pasty white skin. We’re looking forward to some warmth.
We put together some dinner from yesterday’s grocery expedition: pate’, soft French cheese, a
Charles and Lia finished reading Book 6 of Harry Potter today- they are so glad Dad is bringing Book 7 with him.
We’re headed to bed early- the kids are in bed now at 8pm even with the time-change, though of course they’re still awake. We’re meeting Ned at Charles de Galle Airport at 8am on Sunday, so we need to get used to getting up early. We cannot wait to see him!
Hope our campground in
I’m off to download all those pictures!