We arrived in Vernon (say ver'no) before breakfast and boarded the bus for a short ride to the town of Giverny, where Claude Monet resided from 1883 until his death in 1926. We spent the morning visiting the beautiful gardens and charming stone farmhouse where he lived and worked. Being a long-time fan of Monet, I anticipated this visit and was not disappointed. The farm has been restored to the conditions when he lived here. The large home is bright and colorful. The 6 acre estate with water garden and the recognizable Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas looked just as we see in his masterpieces.
In the afternoon we enjoyed a leisurely walking tour through inviting, provincial Vernon. The small town suffered much damage in the wars of the last century, but it still boasts many charming corners and interesting buildings.
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