Oh what a day we had in Giverny! Our Fat Tire Bike Tour met on platform 22 of Gare Saint Lazare, and we boarded the train for a forty minute ride to the village of Vernon. We picked up our red bikes there and visited the market, where we gathered provisions for a picnic before riding the bike trail to Giverny. This is the second time I have taken this bike tour and I think it’s wonderful for people of all ages. The only kicker is that you have to hope for a pretty day, because the tour will go rain or shine. Thankfully, we had lots of shine!
our chariots for the day
hollyhocks at the bike garage
cabbage and rosemary with a side of shallots
picture perfect picnic spot
I always look for these old signs in France.
driveway in Giverny
The small rooms and passageways of Monet’s lovely house were packed with tourists. Fortunately my friend and I had both been there before, so we hurried through the house, taking only a few pictures, and then lingered in the fabulous gardens.
Everyone loves the kitchen! I couldn’t stop myself from taking a few pictures, even though I no doubt have the very same photos in my photo stream from five years ago.
The gardens were in full bloom and were staggeringly beautiful.
We arrived back in Paris just in time for a glass of rosé before our 7:30 dinner reservation. It was definitely a day to be toasted.
This morning I kissed my friend “adieu” and waved her off to the airport, where she will soon be leaving a jet trail on her way back to Texas. This cool, crisp air will be a distant memory by the time she steps off the plane in Houston, which is predicted to be 90 degrees and 95% humidity. We will be suffering the same rude transition when we fly home a week from now. But this morning in Paris is heavenly, and I spent a delightful hour and a half at the park, savoring the spring sweetness while I can. Parc Monceau was unusually beautiful- almost heartbreakingly so.
The wisteria on the apartment building just outside the park is finally blooming. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to open the windows and allow that fragrance to waft in?
I love this bush. Anyone know if we can grow it in Texas?
close-up of sweet little bloom which looks like a bunch of baby birds waiting for breakfast!
Thanks for stopping by, and y’all come back now- ya hear?
I will be enjoying a final weekend with my parents before they fly away to Texas on Monday. I will leave you with some eye candy from the gardens of Cheverny, a chateau in the Loire Valley that we toured last weekend.
Sending you all wishes for fall gardening weather soon!