This weeks guest post is a live trip repot by: Mel  & Karen Ray

 

Giverney Visit on AMA Waterways Cruise
Giverny Visit on AMA Waterways Cruise
ALL ABORAD: AmaLegro … depart Paris last evening at 9:45 PM.
Ride is smooth and we slept well … and late! … arrived Vernon 10:30 AM (88 miles from Paris) … a few locks along the way … nothing spectacular.
On this cold, wet day the focus today was the small community of Giveny and a guided tour of the nearby Monet Gardens & home.  Not having “green-thumbs,” we were really/really impressed … the gardens are kept exactly as they were during Monet’s life there … we felt we were walking through some of his paintings as we enjoyed all the beauty & splendor.
Our excellent guide told stories of Monet’s personal life, personality, children, professional acquaintances, marriages & affairs.  At times Monet employed as many as 6 gardeners as he pursued gardening as passionately as painting! 
Monet's Giverney by Mel Ray
Mel & Karen Ray at Giverny
Mel & Karen Ray at Giverny
Back on the riverboat, our “Music at Sea” (MAS) group held a meet-greet-information gathering … so good to see Brooks Ahern, London concert pianist, … this being our fifth MAS cruise … several others we have shared earlier cruises … group size ~50 folks.
Happy-Hour & a lovely dinner … then a 60’s Party where Karen & Mel won first place in a competitive comedy dance.
Words fail to deliver the feelings we enjoyed this day.
AmaLegro remained overnight in Vernon.
AmaLegro cruise photo by Mel Ray
AmaLegro cruise photo by Mel Ray

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