The Old Mill
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Our Day with Monet
In all of our trips to Paris, we had yet to make a visit to Giverny, France, the site of Monet’s exquisite gardens. Giverny is a tiny village on the outskirts of Vernon, a small town just 45 minutes from the Paris Saint Lazare station. We were pleased to discover that Fat Tire Bike Tours offers a Monet’s Gardens tour. Since, in the past, we’ve used this company to take bicycle tours both in Paris and London, we felt confident that we were making the right decision by traveling to Monet’s Gardens with them. As expected, the tour was absolutely fantastic. Our day began with a quick Metro ride to the Gare Saint Lazare train station where we met our Fat Tire guide on the designated platform. Upon arrival in Vernon, we then took a short walk to the town square to pick up our picnic supplies. We were able to pick up baguette sandwiches from the boulangerie and a bottle of local cider. After shopping, we picked up our bicycles at a small garage just around the corner from the town square. We then cycled our way over to picnic beside this beautiful old mill house, the lone survivor of an ancient bridge that used to exist here. Once we were fueled up, we made our way to Giverny. We followed the trail situated along the route of the old abandoned train tracks that Monet used to take into town. We knew we'd reached Giverny when we saw the sign for Rue Claude Monet. The tour allows a full two hours to explore all Giverny has to offer: the gardens, his home, and the town.
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