France ~ Giverny, Monet’s Gardens and Home, Les Andelys, Chateau Gaillard, Rouen

Monday, July 20th ~ Uniworld River Cruise, Seine River, France


The River Baroness docked in Les Andelys

What a full, scenic, enjoyable, active, gluttonous, fantastic day! I can’t begin to tell you how much we are enjoying our Uniworld River Cruise. The service has been exemplary, the food wonderful, the excursions well-managed, and the ship itself spotless. The one and only downside, and I know this is a common problem on river cruises, is that the onboard internet is sometimes not as strong as I would like to see which makes writing my blog entries more challenging. Otherwise – we are off to a great start!

I will tell you more about the ship in a later post, but for now I will try to give a few highlights since we boarded the River Baroness yesterday in Paris. 

Right off the bat we had a bon voyage party on the upper sun deck as we cruised under one of the many bridges on the Seine River. Our captain wanted us to get a better view of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty together. We had learned a couple of days ago that the two Statues (the one here in Paris, and the one in New York harbor) face each other.

Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower in the background

Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower in the background

We arrived in Vernon early this morning and took a short bus ride to the small town of Giverny where Claude Monet had his magnificent gardens and home. This is where many of his most famous paintings were done, including the water-lily paintings.

Monet's Garden and lily pond

Monet’s Garden and lily pond

The gardens were much larger than I had realized. There are currently 12 full-time gardeners caring for the property. The variety of flowers was impressive. Monet leaned toward flowers in yellows and blue/purple shades.

He claimed to have two talents – painting and gardening. I would have to agree that he succeeded at both.

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We also toured through his home. My favorite rooms were the bright yellow dining room and the kitchen.

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After the tour we had time to walk the small town. We (of course) checked out the church at the end of town, and the cemetery right behind it where Monet is buried.

L'église Sainte-Radegonde Church

L’église Sainte-Radegonde Church

And a couple pictures to show you what a totally charming town Giverny is.

Giverny home

Giverny home with blue shutters

Giverny courtyard

Giverny courtyard with bike

Typical street in Giverny

Red and green shutters – Typical street in Giverny

Back on board for lunch and our floating home moved on up the river while we ate a delicious meal. Arriving at 3:00 in our next port city, Les Andelys, we set off for a walking tour up the hill to the remains of Chateau Gaillard, the stronghold of Richard the Lionheart.

The hike up the hill was a little steep, but our guide kept a gentle pace as we listened to his detailed explanation of the history and lore of the castle.

Chateau Gaillard

Chateau Gaillard

The view from up on top was well worth the climb to get there.

View of the Seine River from the Chateau

View of the Seine River from the Chateau

And some random pictures of the castle remains:

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We had only a few minutes at the end of our walking tour to explore the town of Les Andelys.

Stone steps

Stone steps

Les Andelys

Les Andelys

Les Andelys

Les Andelys

Our welcome Gala dinner was this evening and we are scheduled to arrive in Rouen around 10:00 pm. Tomorrow is another busy day, so I’m off to get some much needed sleep.

Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for comfortable walking shoes. I had to laugh when I witnessed a young lady who managed to walk all the way up to the top of the hill to see the Chateau in 4+ inch high heels. My feet hurt just looking at her…

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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6 Responses to France ~ Giverny, Monet’s Gardens and Home, Les Andelys, Chateau Gaillard, Rouen

  1. Brought back wonderful memories of when I toured many of the same places in 2000, while taking a class in Mont’s Garden with Art Study Giverny! Love your photos!


  2. I’m curious how or why you picked Uniworld for your river cruise. I’ll follow along to see if it meets your expectations. Safe travels, Tracey


  3. Your pictures are beautiful. I’ve just returned from a different cruise to the same locations–loved it. Thanks for sharing!


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