Our first stop of the day was Monet's Garden and home - this was one of my top three favorite things we got to do while in France. It was chilly and rained off and on, but I still loved it!
You can see where the inspiration for the beautiful paintings came from!
As we were leaving Monet's home - I was struck by the brilliant colors of the flowers and wondered why all of the flowers in France seemed to have more beautiful colors even though they were many of the same flowers we have here. I realized that with the gray skies and very plain (neutral) colored houses, there was nothing competing with the flowers - they were allowed to look more beautiful because everything else appeared so muted. I've never forgotten this.
Next, we visited a beautiful church and then the location of Joan of Arc's death ~
We were all cold and wet and needed some refreshment - my Dad thought a cup of coffee sounded good! With Carrie's help we were able to order some coffee and I think he was picturing a nice big steaming cup - instead he got this and we all had a good laugh:
Next time, I'll show you our visit to Normandy! Have any of you been any of these places I've shared?