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October 22, 2004

Mor on France/Monet's home

So we decided to take a little jaunt to Monet's home in Giverny. It took us two hours to get there instead of one because we missed the exit off the Parepheque! So after winding round on little French backroads we found his home. Luncheon on the terrace of the American Art Museum was lovely -- grilled salmon, vegetables in a tomato sauce, crusty bread, wine! YUM YUM YUM!!! then we went to tour the home.

You can definetly tell where Money got his inspiration and I would have loved to stay there hours.........the geraniums were up to my kneecaps!! The house is just a nice little house with lots of Chinese paintings but the gardens are glorious and this was in August!


Then we headed out to Reims to spend the night. We had a very nice little hotel with a very posh lobby. We spent our last night in France with the cafe cutlture. The street our hotel was on was the walking zone and was literally one cafe after another. We also rode a lovely carousel which was a double decker -- of course we rode on top! The next morning we toured the Reims Cathederal which was where Joan of Arc brought the Dauphin to be crowned!

Reims is smack dab in the middle of French Champagne country. So we toured one of the cellars which was really interesting -- 3million bottles of champagne in different stages! There was a tasting at the end and let me tell you don't buy chep champagne! Yummy stuff! Tattinger. (pronunced tatt-en-yay).

Then it was home again home again jiggity jog!


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