Friday, October 2, 2015

Vincent in Auvers-sur-Oise. . . . . . . . .

Well I made it. Yesterday - another place I've dreamed of visiting for a long time -
Auvers-sur-Oise, a beautiful little French village, not far from Paris,
where Vincent painted so many beautiful canvasses in the last 70 days 
of his life.
I'll be sharing more of the story later - and lots of photos taken in the village
on yet another glorious sunny days 

Today we are back in Paris - this morning we did an escorted walking tour
 titled 'Heart of Paris'. The sun was shining yet again - we have been so 
fortunate with the weather - an entire week without a drop of rain, no dreary
skies, and very comfortable temperatures in the mid to high 60's.
Tomorrow we're off to Dijon by train and will join our second ship in the evening.
Must just say how absolutely amazing this cruise company has been - everything 
has been perfect so far and we hope it will continue as we reach Provence.

All I'm really concerned about is the weather at home - thank goodness my 
wonderful neighbors have secured my outdoor furniture etc. just in case 
the encroaching hurricane decides to pay North Carolina a visit.
 Fingers are crossed. Stay safe if you are on the east coast.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Never forget. . . . . . . . . . . .

Today was emotional for everyone who toured with us along the Normandy 
coast and walked the beaches - whether you had fathers, grandfathers, uncles,
 or others who fought in World War II.
We thank them - we miss them.
We remember them on each D-Day on June 6th.
More details coming later.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Claude Monet's Giverny. . . . . . . . .

It was lovelier than I ever imagined!
Especially for the time of year. 
Who would have thought (other than those of you who kindly shared such positive 
comments on Claude Monet's gardens when you visited in other than spring or summer),
that late September, in northern France, would bring perfect weather to view one of 
the loveliest small, almost natural gardens, in the entire world.
The fact that one of the most famous, most talented, most loved, Impressionist painters
 ever, designed and planted such an abundance of glorious plants, shrubs and trees,
is a wonder. That Monsieur Monet sat in a wooden boat in the water lily
 pond - and yes there were still some blooms floating in the early morning 
sunlight - transferring his garden with paint onto canvasses to make them last forever,
 and bring much joy to those of us who love this painting style, cannot be explained in
 just a few words here.

Please enjoy a quick look around the gardens - I only brought my light and easy to
 carry Nikon Coolpix on this trip (and of course kick myself every now and then wish
 I had the DSLR!), but I think you can get the idea of how beautiful yesterday
 morning actually was for all of us who took the excursion to
 Monet's gardens in Giverny.

Later, I'll share more of the gardens and the interior of the lovely Monet family home

Hope you love it all as much as I did.

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