Part I - the good (and pretty too!)
So, today's trip...it was quite nice and it was pretty awful. Quite nice first. When you go to Giverny, the train takes you to a small town called Vernon and then there's a bus you take to Giverny itself. I decided that before I took the bus (because every person that got off at Vernon, was climbing onto the bus), I would explore the town for a while, have some lunch and then go. So that's what I did and it was just a real nice visit. The village center is the historic part and they have a little guide flyer at the tourist information office that takes you around on a walk of the major things, none of which are really major really, but it's very much a photo-op little village. And it's right on the Seine River so it has that attraction also. I started right in taking pictures and here they are.
Going back outside, this is a picture of the building that now houses the tourist information office.
I followed the street around to the back of the church and these next pictures are from there.
And the rest are just from my walk around the village.
They have a tiny little museum in one of these old buildings and these next pictures were taken there.
After all that wandering I was ready for lunch and figured I'd better get at it anyway, it I wanted to get out to Giverny with enough time to visit there. Had a lucky break in my choice of a place to eat. Nothing spectacular, but I've been watching people eat what always look like very good salads ever since I got here and finally decided that since it was so hot that's what I would try. I got one that had very nicely cooked chicken - real tender and thin sliced, lots of lettuce, large shreds of Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced artichoke hearts (I think) and one half of a hard-boiled egg sitting on top. It came looking really slathered with dressing and I though "uh oh" but the dressing was delicious and it was only on top. By the time it got mixed in a bit, it was just right. I ordered it as part of a fixed price thing which came with a choice of various entrees, a choice of cheese or dessert and a choice of wine or fruit juices. Had a nice cold white wine with it and and for dessert a tiny little "lavas" cake - first time I ever had one and it came in a pool of creme anglaise and was scrumptious.
So then it was time to get back to the train station to catch the bus to Giverny.