Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Monday, July 26, 2010


I've always wanted to visit Giverny, and given that it's only an hour away from Paris, we decided to hop in the car this past weekend and go. (Though it did take us more than hour to get there....and not due to traffic lol).

Even though it wasn't the sunniest day of the summer, the gardens were still beautiful and I thought both the entrance price and the gift shop were really reasonable for once.The next day was spent exploring the nearby town of Vernon. We had sort of a funny experience at the tourist office (on the right in the photo below) - the woman working there said "You were at Giverny yesterday, weren't you?" We were surprised but said yes, and she said that she remembered us for some reason despite the hundreds of people she'd seen the day before. We also came across a fairly big brocante, and had a good time exploring things - I'd been looking for a boite à thé for some time now and I finally found one that didn't cost 30€. There were also several other activities in the area, including a couple châteaux and a base nautique where you could rent canoes, kayaks and jetskis. Anyways, it was a good weekend and a trip I'd definitely recommend, especially given it's proximity to Paris and the fact that you don't necessarily need a car in order to go.

Though I had to laugh when we got back to C's that night and he flopped down on the bed and said with a long sigh "Whew, I need to get laid". Apparently my trying to explain the difference "laid-back" and "lay down" has only served to confuse him further because now he confuses them all even more. I tell ya, "English Sundays" never fail to be a source of amusement for me.

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Blogger L said...

That's hilarious for the "I need to get laid", although I could take that as serious from a guy.

Did you visit Monet's house too? I remember being surprised by all the Japanese art he had, though I'm not sure if it was a temporary exhibit of his collection or a permanent thing.

July 26, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger DiaryofWhy said...

Hmm, I think he knows exactly what he's doing. He's a clever one, that C! :)

July 26, 2010 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Notre Vie Juteuse said...

Never been to Germany, might have to visit when we move back to France. Do love a vide grenier though, cheaper than a brocante. great pictures.

July 28, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger MISS YURI said...

oh man, brocantes. i used to hate that shit and now i'm like "YESSSS YOU WEREN'T MADE IN CHINAAAA"

but i also know that people become dangerously addicted to them and you go to their house and they have 8 million clown sugar bowls or something, which is creepy and i hope you and my other friends will never let me get to that point.

July 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Jadie said...

i so love your reportings of C's bunglings in English. He is such a good sport, and the howls we get are just SO WORTH IT!

July 30, 2010 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Pardon My French said...

I also love a good vide grenier, although you don't always find a bargain! I have to agree with DiaryofWhy, though -- not sure that was *really* a slip of the tongue, lol.

August 1, 2010 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Did you visit the Chateau Gaillard? It is awesome!

October 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM  

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