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Paris Day 10 – Giverny

Ah, the French countryside. Today we leave the hustle and bustle of Paris and board a train for Giverny. Giverny is a quiet little village (if you don’t count the tourists) where Claude Monet once resided and is also the site of many of the inspirations for his paintings. It’s going to be a calm (except for the tourists) and beautiful day. Come along!

We got up, ate breakfast, and left in time to make it to the train station by 11. It was good that we did, because it took nearly 45 minutes to get through the line to buy our tickets for the 12:20 train to Giverny. Once on-board, our ride out was smooth and peaceful – a good sign of things to come.

Once we arrived in the train station near our destination, we piled on a bus (with many other tourists) for a quick ride out to Giverny. 20 minutes later, we were in the quaint, beautiful village of Giverny. First we stopped for lunch at a nearby hotel and ate outdoors in the shade with a great view of the countryside. Afterwards, we walked down to tour Monet’s house and gardens.

Here's where we ate lunch. It was a very pretty, peaceful place. Here’s where we ate lunch. It was a very pretty, peaceful place. I'm heading to Claude Monet's famous lily pond! I’m heading to Claude Monet’s famous lily pond!

One of the japanese bridges prominently featured in many of Monet's paintings. One of the japanese bridges prominently featured in many of Monet’s paintings. Here's the famous lily pond. Pretty isn't it? Here’s the famous lily pond. Pretty isn’t it?

Now here's a really pretty picture of the lily pond. Someone should paint it... Now here’s a really pretty picture of the lily pond. Someone should paint it… Baby bird! Baby bird!

Claude Monet's house (packed full of tourists) Claude Monet’s house (packed full of tourists) We found a chicken yard off the side of the house and I snapped a picture of this large rooster. We found a chicken yard off the side of the house and I snapped a picture of this large rooster.

We took a lot of pictures. Everywhere we turned, there was another pretty flower, bush, tree, pond, etc. Take a look at some of our favorites that we captured that day.

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After a lovely afternoon, we boarded the bus back down to the station and rode the train back into Paris. Kim and I stopped in at Jeff and Jen’s apartment for early evening drinks and then we went to Chez Omar for Moroccan dinner. We dined on vegetables, lamb, chicken, and couscous until we were stuffed, yet our half of the bill was only 16 euros. It was our cheapest night out yet! All in all, it was a wonderful, peaceful day and a nice break from the constant chaos that is Paris.

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