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A Night Show at Notre Dame

Notre Dame at Night

One of the best parts of our week-long ramble around Paris was also the most unexpected. We had sauntered over to Notre Dame at dusk to get some night time photos and were treated to an impromptu performance.

Over the years we’ve seen scores of buskers commanding attention in nearly as many public squares. Some are good. Some are awful. These guys were among the best.

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Paris and New York, Perfect Together

Apropos to today’s post, my two great loves cleverly juxtaposed in this wonderful mash-up.

Impressions of Normandy

Monet’s garden in Giverny is the quintessential stop on the Impressionist trail, but it’s certainly not the only one. Continue west further into Normandy, and you’ll come across some other places where he was inspired to paint.

Rouen

Beginning in 1892, Monet spent a year camped out in front of Rouen’s cathedral, capturing the play of light on its façade at different times of the day and in various seasons. In all, he produced some thirty paintings of the Gothic church, none of which included the scaffolding and advertisements that besmirched the exterior while we were there.

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Famous Flora: Monet’s Garden

Monet's Garden Bridge Giverny

After seeing countless renditions of Monet’s water lilies on museum walls, we finally laid our eyes on the real thing.

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Night and Day on Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel at Night

Its familiar silhouette beckoned us in pictures and postcards for as long as we can remember. In some ways this walled city that appears to have sprouted from a rocky outcropping off the Normandy Coast is as much a symbol of France as is the Eiffel tower. And yet, somehow, we had never seen it with our own eyes before. On our latest trip back to France we were determined to change that.

 

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