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Thursday, June 5, 2014
Monet's home and gardens
Hi, Our next port was the small city of Vernon from which it was a 5 minute bus ride to Giverny, the location of Monet's home and gardens.
As we walked to the house we photographed some of the individual flowers and
took some overall views of the garden.
Here is a broader view of the garden taken from a window in Monet's home.
Photography was not allowed in the home, however, Ruthe was able to take this in the kitchen without the guards noticing.
The grounds included a large pond. Ruthe made this photograph to capture Monet's style.
The rowboat is used by workman doing chores such as removing algae from the pond.
Our walk back to our bus gave us the opportunity to photograph the village of Giverny (above and below).
We remained in Vernon for the afternoon and Ruthe decided to stay on the ship. Given some free time I elected to find the local railroad station (see - http://capitollimited.blogspot.com/2014/04/french-railroads-vernon.html). On my walk back from the station to the ship I passed through the small historic district where I photographed the Collégiale Notre-Dame (now Parish Church),
and some of the buildings in town exhibiting the typical Normandy facade (above and below).
Before dinner that evening we joined two other couples and a single passenger as guests for a snack in a local home. They had beautiful furnishings, including these antiques (above and below).
I am 78 years old. I took my first railroad photos in the mid 50's although active photography really took hold in 1971 when I moved to the Washington, DC area.
I enjoy photographing almost any kind of rail activity and have done so throughout the United States. In addition, I have photographed extensively in a number of Canadian Provinces and have had the opportunity to shoot some in foreign countries.
I am married with 2 grown daughters and 4 grandsons. Professionally, I worked for the United States Bureau of Mines until the organization was shut down in 1996. In my last assignment I managed the Bureau's Minerals and Materials Science Research Program.
My wife and I enjoy traveling. We have had a number of really great trips to South America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, Egypt and Jordan, and Africa. Photos from these trip will be included. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org