To begin our final summer fling in France, Las Chicas visit friends near Paris. We walk along the Mauldre River with Yvette and Django, and on nearby farm roads.
After a day of walks in the countryside, Las Chicas brave the tourist crowds of Versailles and its gardens.
Las Chicas beneath the arch, part of a Lee Ufan art installation in the gardens.
Troy, our friend and tour guide, notes that it’s a holiday in France so we will see the musical fountains in action! The sky threatens, and the wind chills at the start of our visit. But by the end of the day, we are soaked in sunshine.
We end our day with a crowd at the large Neptune Fountain. It’s a beautiful way to wrap up our visit to Versailles.
The next day, Troy takes us to Giverny where Monet lived and painted. The house, gardens and pond have been preserved as they were when he and his family lived here. We tour the house, which is crowded but has colorful views of the garden. Replicas of the Japanese prints Monet collected, some of his paintings, and paintings by his friends including Cezanne adorn the walls of the house.
The gardens are spectacular. A stunning array of flowers, some common, others exotic, encourage us to linger, take a lot of pictures and ponder Monet’s life in this place. Like many struggling artists, he did not come by this paradise easily, but appears to have spent many wonderful years here cultivating his bliss.
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