Today we left the city for Giverney, the location of Claude Monet’s home and gardens, which were the inspiration for many of his well-known paintings. Much like Versailles, there was a long line to get into the gardens. Fortunately, it being outdoors the crowd was more manageable as we could spread out. The gardens are truly beautiful with multitudes of flowers of all sorts. The lily pond was alive with a choir of frogs croaking – perhaps praising the beautiful weather or else criticizing all the unwanted visitors.
After the gardens we took a snack break and then a brief but leisurely trip to the impressionist museum just down the way from the gardens. Before heading back to the city, we stopped in at a local artist’s gallery to pick up a piece of art purchased by one of the other members of the tour. Below are the artist’s palette, brushes and paint – just as colorful as the Monet’s garden.