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Giverny: Monet's garden in the rain

This was a Viator day tour. Picked up at our hotel, Giverny in the morning, Versailles in the afternoon, lunch on the way, all arranged and paid for well beforehand, before leaving Australia. One advantage: avoiding the long queues to get in. Not really a "conducted tour": it was more like "Here are your tickets, present them over there, then go there, and there, and I'll meet you here at twelve o'clock". (Or four o'clock after Versailles.) We were not prepared for the jostling crowd in Versailles, where we had no real choice except to move along with the pack, with little opportunity to say "ooh" and "aah" at anything. And it rained hard, and I had to wait a long time in a queue in the rain to retrieve my backpack. Giverny was slightly better, and the rain stopped after we had walked through Monet's garden in a very wet crowd with umbrellas. Still, the driver was polite and punctual, drove well, spoke English, and the lunch was exellent. My advice: Put Versailles well down your piorities list: you can find much more accessible and less tourist-infested chateaux away from Paris. Look at my Valencay gallery; we had that place practically to ourselves.

Click on one of the images in the slideshow, or on a thumbnail image below, to see a bigger picture
0211 Monet's garden in the rain
0211 Monet's garden in the rain
0216: Monet's Pond
0216: Monet's Pond
0219: Riotously informal
0219: Riotously informal
0221: Dahlias and lots of other things
0221: Dahlias and lots of other things
0226: In Monet's house
0226: In Monet's house
0227: From a window in Monet's house
0227: From a window in Monet's house
0228: Monet's garden
0228: Monet's garden
0229: In Monet's house
0229: In Monet's house
0224: In Monet's house
0224: In Monet's house
0223: In Monet's house
0223: In Monet's house
0222: In Monet's house
0222: In Monet's house
2516: In the formal garden
2516: In the formal garden
2517: In the formal garden
2517: In the formal garden
2518: In front of the café
2518: In front of the café
0233: Rebel in the formal garden
0233: Rebel in the formal garden
2519 In an unidentified village on the way
2519 In an unidentified village on the way
0239: Seen through the minibus window
0239: Seen through the minibus window
0241: Seen through the minibus window
0241: Seen through the minibus window