Wow, finally, to see the famous lily pond, how great is that! Pleasure, wonder, wander......no words can describe the feeling, even now as I see these pictures again. First, we see them in other people's pictures, their descriptions, then we experience them for ourselves....isn't it how things can started? It should be! I can feel the excitement in the air among all the visitors that day, Westeners and Japanese and I.
To the lily pond, quick....
I want to now pick up my paint brush and paint....
This was my second time to stay at the HOtel Caron de Beaumarchais, a really sweet little place in the Marais district of Paris. The place was named after Pierre Auguste Caron de Beaumarchais, a man of many talents. One of it being a musician after having written the French opera, 'the marriage of Figaro'.
Decorated in eighteenth century style complete with wooden beams in the ceiling.
The blue tile in the bathroom is so pretty.
Old musical instruments decorate the reception area. The staff is really friendly and helpful and its so cosy beacuse of its small size. It wasn't cheap at 165 euros a night but well worth it.
I bought a train ticket to Vernon on a train from Rouen bound for Paris. I thought every Rouen-Paris train stopped at Vernon. I realised too late that the train I jumped on did not stop in Vernon, it went straight through and here I was with only a ticket to Vernon but was going further to Paris. Now what was I to do about Vernon? What's in Vernon? Monet's home and garden.As soon as I arrived in Paris St Lazare station, I went to the ticket counter, secured a ticket for Vernon the next day. Now I still have to resolve the situation about a hotel room since my reservation was for the next day. I went to my hotel but they were full for the night. They got another room in a nearby hotel for me. I changed hotel the next day. Phew!
Angelina's cafe, Paris is famous for their delectable 'Mont Blanc' a pastry made from chestnut paste.
Paris, as perfect as ever, perfect parks, perfect architecture, perfect town planning. They discovered the word 'finesse'.
The iconic glass pyramid that is the entrance to the Louvre museum.
Le Havre was bombed by the Allied forces during WWII. It was rebuild in a hodge podge of architectural styles. Its an absolutely boring place. I went because it was closed to Fecamp but left very soon after I discovered nothing that interested me.
Its a seaport and the major cruise lines dock here.
The guidebook said the Malraux may be a good place to see modern art but it looked quite empty. I'm too jaded to be bothered with a second rate art museum.
I had lunch at the restaurant of the Malraux museum, then left, walked the mile back to the train station.
Unless your cruise ship is docked at Le havre, don't go there.