September 07, 2003
mistaken identity and lots of shopping in normandy

friday afternoon, nicki and i drove to giverny to see monet's garden. i even got to drive her peugeot 205 from giverny to just past caen!

the funny thing about seeing monet's garden was that we didn't actually see it the first time around. we got distracted by the american museum of art's garden and its colour-themed mini-gardens. 3.5 rolls later (between the two of us), we were walking along the street and realized that monet's house and gardens were further up the street and already closed. oops!

so we drove on towards mont st. michel where we had booked a b&b. stopped briefly for pizza and salad in a town just outside of caen (i think?) and took some pictures of mont st. michel at night before settling down for the night at our very cute and convenient b&b, Les Vielles Digues.

saturday was spent wandering around mont st. michel, toured the abbey, buying lots of postcards, eating a seafood lunch at a local restaurant, and then we headed to the picturesque walled city of st. malo. much shopping later (and the yummiest apple desserts where half an apple is baked in a mini pie shell), we drove to dinard to see some "crashing waves" but alas the weather was too calm.

we headed back to mont st. michel for the night (since i had left my sunglasses at the restaurant at lunch) but all the restaurants were "complet" because of all the tours and a wedding party. aie. so instead, we had yummy fish soup and crème brûlée after running back to a tavern/restaurant that had told us earlier it would be a half hour wait for a table.

whew. this entry is getting long.

after stopping to photograph a fully lit windmill, we made our way to juilley where we had booked a different b&b run by a very elderly couple.

sunday morning, we took the picturesque route back to giverny, stopping for cider and baked goods. (yum!) after successfully navigating monet's house and gardens (we preferred the american museum gardens, but the lily pond was pretty neat) we made good time back to fontainebleau, despite a couple of minor traffic setbacks.

and that was our eventful trip to normandy and back. pictures will be up as soon as i get back to vancouver.

à bientôt!

Posted by erin at September 07, 2003 09:39 PM
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