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Vernon and Monet’s Garden, and happy birthday to my son!

May 15, 2015
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After a good nights (and much needed) rest, we awoke to cool, but sunny weather. We had great breakfast choices and then we gathered to hear about the tour options for the rest of the week. We filled out tour forms and end of trip travelplans before we docked in Vernon. Some walked into town while others began lunch service.
At 1:00 the majority of the group loaded 4 busses headed to Giverny, the gardens and home of Claude Monet. The weather turned cloudy, but no rain. The gardens were amazingly beautiful and fragrant with the scent of wisteria

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In our opinion, the gardens were over-crowded with people, but our guides told us it was a light day. In the summer months they say the crowds are at least doubled. Glad we came when we did. The Japanese garden with the famous lily pond and bridge was the most congested, but lovely.

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The home tour also had lines, but color was everywhere, both inside and out.

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There were local school groups with small children getting lectures on gardening and art. Can you imagine immersing children into this amazing experience.

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We also saw people painting in carious parts of the garden, toured an art museum with a Degas exhibit and then a nice collection of impressionist paintings.

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I also toured a small nursery on-site which had some amazing plants, garden gadgets, and chicken coops–backyard chickens are popular here too.

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Even their wheelbarrows are painted!

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It was an amazing day for gardeners. From clematis

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Tonight we eat at the Chef’s Table to celebrate our son’s 29th birthday. (Ok, I was 12 when I had him lol!). All in all a great day, and a pretty nice way to spend a birthday.

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