Monet’s Garden

Every time I sit to write about the few places I had visited, many weeks would have already passed. With no written records, I must rely on fast the fading memories and photographs. Compiling the scattered memories and organising them in a readable format in itself is an enjoyable experience.

France in summer is good. Even better is the countryside stretching between Centre and Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy). The summer of 2015 however was warmer than usual.

Driving to Giverny from Chartres in itself was a pleasant experience. Midway between, the car was stopped along with other traffic by a single officer for about 20 minutes for the cyclists to pass. Miles and miles of rolling countryside and tiny towns on the way for a pit stop. Shortly after Chateau d’Anet, the road lies along the rail track. GPS on the Mercedes E300 was spot on and took me straight to the parking lot which was full. A few minutes waiting saw a VW pulling out and could park the Merc just fine.

The place was crowded but not packed. Waited in the queue which was rather long. An official from Claude Monet’s house took the last few from the queue towards the rear entrance, a short walk from the main entrance.

From here, one enters the garden directly with the house located at the far end. Flowers does change the landscape seasonally. June was no different. A leisurely stroll with the buzzing bees and the blooms was quite relaxing…

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