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Summer is almost here so we headed back to the beach on the Atlantic coast of France. We had a few days of rain at the beginning but also some great days full of sunshine and it was great to get outside. Being close to Mother Nature is very uplifting to the spirits.

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Look at that light! Isn’t it great?

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I love the pink light seen in this puffball which I think is a weed.

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A nice sunset with a beach fence which I love.

I love Monet’s home there in Giverny. It’s not huge or sophisticated, but warm and inviting.

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The house as seen from the garden.

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This room was new to me from my last visit. The walls were covered with replicas of his paintings and I believe he painted in here.

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Here was the window giving great light for painting.

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A photo of Monet himself.

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A view from upstairs overlooking the garden.

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The fireplace in the dining room. Lots of blue and yellow in the house and many Japanese prints and etchings.

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The kitchen.

Giverny is the village where Monet lived with his family and did his famous water lily paintings. I went out there via train and then bus with some ladies and we almost roasted to death as the temperatures hit 90 and above and it was very humid. I could have been in Houston. The next day it went down to the 70’s, our bad luck, but it was still beautiful.

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We went into the nearby Impressionist’s Museum first. No photos allowed which I found out after I took this one. It was nice to visit and they were having an exhibit of a lot of Degas took.

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The pond where he did so many of his paintings. He loved light and how it changed.

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The pond with a some flowers in the foreground.

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Loved the shape and color of these flowers.

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A water lily without its pad with cloud reflections.

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A view with a willow tree.

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The famous curved Japanese bridge. You can’t get a photo without people in it. Years ago I came here with friends. We arrived just as it opened and I rushed them to the bridge for photos before the tour buses and groups of people arrived. We arrived this time in the afternoon and it was packed, like the Louvre.

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The more formal gardens which were lush with flowers and bushes.

Rue de Buci is an interesting street in the Left Bank. I almost always wander down it when I am in the area.

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A pretty tea pot and cup in the window of a tea shop.

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Lots of places to eat and, if you are lucky, sun to sit in.

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Flowers for sale in special wrapping so they are in water and you can take them home like this.

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These beautiful roses were actually on Promenade PlanteƩ, in my neighborhood.

It was a beautiful sunny day in Paris and a pleasure to walk around the area of Palais Royal.

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I love this open space in front of a church where you can get a good look at the architecture of the buildings in the neighborhood from a distance.

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I popped into the Notre Dame des Victoires. This a statue of Saint Therese, a French born nun very popular in France.

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The gorgeous Place des Victoires has this great statue of Louis XIV.

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There is a great view of the back of Palais Royal from this newly opened Pain Quotidian.

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A view of the fountain in the distance with roses in the foreground at Palais Royal.

Back in Paris after our wonderful trip to Ireland. For three days I just hung out at the apartment, recovering. Being a tourist can be hard work. But I finally got out and went to my favourite place in Paris, Palais Royal and Passage Vivienne, a short distance away.

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This is the back section of Palais Royal before you enter the gardens.

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Passage Vivienne, so elegant, lost in time. These covered passages became a huge fad but slowly faded away with the coming of department stores.

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A shop there selling absolutely stunning scarves.

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Another look but at the roof this time.

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A bookstore with Victor Hugo in the window.

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