Day Trip to Giverny, and Monet’s Inspiring Gardens

Day 4 for the Casual Tourists started with a 6 a.m. alarm. Our train to Giverny departed at 7:30 a.m. and we were meeting up with a friend we had made on our last visit to Paris. Florent was at the train station awaiting our arrival. Bonjour and two cheek kisses later we were strolling…

Eiffel Tower Still Spectacular on a Cloudy Day

    When the alarm goes off on day three in Paris, Ron and I roll over and look at each other and give permission to hit snooze. Maybe we hit it more than once. We meandered down the street and hit up a boulangerie. Croissants and baguette are pretty much a daily staple for…

Versailles Gardens Worth the Second Trip

Our first trip to Versailles was a lesson in so many things – the opulence and concept of ridiculous lavishness in the 17th century; how influenced a king was by Greek mythology;¬†how many miles I could actually walk in one day; the lack of public bathrooms in a giant palace that sees hundreds of thousands…

Destination: Paris!

After our last visit to Paris in 2015, Ron and I knew that we needed to return. We just had no idea it would be so soon. When my supervisor let me know that roundtrip tickets to Europe hit an incredible low back in¬†November, I quickly opted to take a break and book tickets. (She…