Giverny Off The Beaten Path

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    Canola Fields Forever
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    Top of Grand Val
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    The return hike is downhill!

    by roadeagl Written May 28, 2013
    Canola Fields Forever
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    Feeling a need to stretch our legs, we headed up Rue du Grand Val. I said up as up is the only way it goes. Not sure how far it is to the top, I'd guess a mile or so. Nice strenuous hike that culminated in vast fields of canola in bloom at the top. The good news is the return is downhill al the way. Some residents came over to the road to greet us as shown in the photo.

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    VERNON'S OLD MILL

    by balhannah Written Aug 23, 2011

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    This "Old Mill" is as "pretty as a picture!"

    Look at the photo, and try to imagine the "Middle Ages" when there were already five mills on the bridge to grind the corn. Today, only this one mill remains. This 16th century Mill was powered by the river's flow and could be lowered or raised depending on the water level.

    Many "incidents" happened here, why?.....Because during the famine, their Flour & Corn was being sent away, and the poor people were left hungry.
    One time, the Miller was grabbed, thrown in the River, rescued, then taken to the City centre where they tried to hang him from a street lamp. He was saved by the Lord Mayor who cut the rope with his sword.

    Try not to miss the Mill, it is historic and in a very pretty postion on the River Seine.

    From Vernon, cross the river. At the roundabout, turn left towards Gisors / Beauvais.
    From Giverny, straight on at this roundabout towards Gisors / Beauvais.

    Immediately after the roundabout, on the right hand side, there is the car park of a shop where you can easily park on Sundays. Or, on the left, 50 m after the roundabout, you can see a large gate giving access to a park (signs : " Base nautique / Centre de loisirs "). You can either park in front of the gate or drive inside the park (free entrance and easy parking).

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    TOURELLES CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Aug 23, 2011

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    Tourelles Castle

    After departing Giverny, we followed the road to Vernon.

    Located on this side of the River is Tourelles castle, which was built during the middle age's. It was a bridgehead meant to defend the town of Vernon which was situated at the border of the crown lands and the Duchy of Normandy.

    It is OLD ....In 1196, it was thought of and then built to stop Vernon being conquered and turned into a base for military operation's. The King had a bridge built [a few arches are under the Old Mill], and the end of the bridge was protected by the Bridgehead which is the one standing today.
    As you can see in the photo, it is tall and has four towers. One of these was destroyed in WWII and since has been rebuilt to make the Castle complete.
    When looking at the Castle, we had to try and imagine people entering via the waterfront and the Castle being surrounded by a moat and linked to the stone bridge by a wooden flying bridge, a little hard to do when sitting high and dry on the land. The Castle was hardly ever involved in warfare.

    It is FREE to enter the Park and have a look at the historic Castle.

    From Vernon, cross the river. At the roundabout, turn left towards Gisors / Beauvais.
    From Giverny, straight on at this roundabout towards Gisors / Beauvais.

    Immediately after the roundabout, on the right hand side, there is the car park of a shop where you can easily park on Sundays. Or, on the left, 50 m after the roundabout, you can see a large gate giving access to a park (signs : " Base nautique / Centre de loisirs "). You can either park in front of the gate or drive inside the park (free entrance and easy parking).

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    Monet's second wife

    by bpacker Updated Dec 12, 2007

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    Alice Hoschede

    This is the woman whom Claude Monet had an affair with while he was still married to his wife, Camille.

    Alice Hoschede was the wife of Monet's patron, Ernest Hoschede. And when Monet's wife fell seriously ill, Alice left her husband to care for Monet's wife and provided companionship for the artist. However, Monet's wife died soon after and Monet fell in love with Alice.

    Monet and Alice moved to Giverny after that and he married Alice a good 10 years after that (when Ernest Hoschede died in 1892 ).

    NOTE : The potrait of Alice that you see over here is not painted by Monet but by his American contemporary , John Singer Sargent.

    If you're interested to see this and more off beaten track destinations in Giverny, join a bike tour or click here to see more pictures. Web contacts are below

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    Necessary Provisions

    by lohki Written Dec 1, 2005

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    Holy Asparagas!

    Visit the Market in Vernon.

    It's always best to hit the town market before going anywhere....
    this farmers market was small and very friendly!

    The apricots and cherries I purchased here were fabulous!

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    Chateau Gaillard

    by skywalkerbeth Written Apr 8, 2005

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    artists capturing the castle ruins

    Richard the Lionhearted (Richard, Coeur de Lyon) built this in the late 12th century. It is in a strategic location, very high above the Seine, so he could see any foe on the river below.

    This was my second visit, my first was in 1999 with my friend William. The hills surrounding it just invite a nap on a nice sunny warm day.

    http://www.casteland.com/puk/castle/hnormand/eure/cgaillard/gaillard.htm

    http://perso.wanadoo.fr/jean-francois.mangin/capetiens/fenetres_filles/chateaux_gaillard.htm

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    Be A Lion

    by ExGuyParis Written Feb 11, 2005

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    Ch��teau Gaillard, with my friend Sue

    25 km to the northwest, you can discover Les Andelys, a charming village, and Château Gaillard, the impressive castle built by Richard the Lionhearted in 1196. The castle provides striking views of the town and the Seine River valley.

    See my Les Andelys page for more information.

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    Vernon Notre Dame

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 16, 2004

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    12th Century Church

    The day we spent waiting for the train, after we had located the nice creperie, my wife decided she would visit a hair salon. I said, "This is France. There will be a Notre Dame somewhere." Sure enough, not far from the town centre (of course) I found a 12th C "collegial" church. I don't know what "collegial" means, so if you read this and know, send me an e-mail. At that time it was under much needed renovation and I have not been back, but it is a wonderful old building.

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    Explore Vernon

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Vernon Creperie

    We did not know that there was a train strike the first day we went to Vernon and Giverny. We went early intending to return to Paris in the early afternoon. After some confusion, we figured out that the next train from Vernon to Paris was at 19:30. We decided to wander through Vernon for a bit and found this wonderful little creperie for a tide-me-over snack. It was some time ago and I don't remember what we had, but we both left saying what a nice place and good food.

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    Cycling in Giverny

    by bpacker Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    Off road cycling experiences

    Cyling is the best way to sight-see Giverny. The roads are quiet, the surrounding areas are lush with greenery and the places of interest are not too far away from one another. Why zoom past all these beautiful sights on a bus? Gimme a bike any time and let me breathe in the good country air and see the river, skies and hills anytime!

    To convince you furthur, I've attached pictures and write-ups on all the places that I've seen on the tour. And if you're interested, contact details for the bike tour agency is given below.

    Contact Details :
    Click onto the weblink given below and contact Fat Tires Bike Tour to reserve a place for yourself on the Monet's Gardens Bicycle Tour. If I'm not mistaken, the tour runs daily in summer if there are enough people. The tour cost about 65euros but it is worth it if you want to maximise your time and avoid eating Prozac from interpreting maps and missing train stops.

    Included in the tour would be :
    1) Your return train ticket from Paris to Vernon
    2) The entry ticket to Monet's gardens and house.
    3) Your bike leader guide
    4) Your bike, of course..

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    How Monet discovered Giverny

    by bpacker Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    Monet's Country House

    Sometime in 1883, Claude Monet discovered the beautiful village of Giverny while he was looking out of a window from a train.

    At that time, this chap was broke, his wife just died and he had taken up with a pregnant female companion with 5 kids. That's not all, he had 2 sons as well. So all in all, he had 10 mouths to feed. Poor fella! Yeah, other than being the Father of Impressionism, he was Father to a Huge Brady-Bunch family. What an enormous burden it must have been! Whatever it was, it turned out alright. The beautiful village which he spotted would be haven to him for the next 43 years. He eventually rented a big house there ( The Press House ) for his big family and planted his famous garden. The rest , is history

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    The church grounds where Monet is buried

    by bpacker Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    Sainte Radegonde Church

    Not far from away Monet's house and garden, lies an old village church where Monet is buried. If you look carefully at the walls of the church, they are still riddled by bullet and sharpnel holes. You'll also notice that the stained glass panels are gone as they have been shattered by the impact.

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    Of Hoschedés and Monets

    by bpacker Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    Monet's grave

    If you ever get an opportunity to visit Monet's grave, look at the names on the plot. You'll notice a lot of Hoschedes and Monets.
    Of you'll wonder who the Hoschedes are right? Well, Claude Monet used to have a rich patron by the name of Ernest Hoschede and the artist had an affair with his wife whilst still married...
    Eventually, the two lovers were married after the death of Monet's first wife and the old patron. Their children from their respective marriages also inter-married so that is why a nice big family of Hoschedes and Monets were formed.
    Carry on reading the rest of my tips if you're interested to see the faces of Monet's first and second wives.

    TIP: If you're interested to hear more of these stories and see more off beaten track destinations in Giverny, join a bike tour or click here to see more pictures. Web contacts are below

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    Picnicking next to the Old Mill at Vernon

    by bpacker Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    The Old Mill at Vernon, Normandy

    Near Monet's house, near the bridge spanning across the River Seine lies a beautifully restored mill and a beautiful park filled with swans and ducks. This is an excellent picnic spot. Go there if you can and have a picnic there before making your way to Monet's house.

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    Farmer's Market in Vernon

    by bpacker Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    %BMarketing in Vernon%B

    At our first stop on our bike tour in Giverny, we went to this farmer's market in Vernon (not too far away from the train station) to grab our picnic supplies. Lots of good stuff were found there. Really fresh produce like crisp apples, succulent peaches, juicy strawberries, etc were the main draw. The local specialties (apple cider and camembert cheese) weren't too bad either. Also available were olives, good wine, loaves of fresh baguette, etc. Guess what made the experience memorable for me were the friendly locals whom I interacted with.

    TIP : Market closes at lunch time.

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