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Back to our adventure in 2004………..
Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 Around
We experienced our first day of real rain. It was one of those rainy days where you can generally dash here and there but need an umbrella for a long walk. We only had about a two-hour drive by toll way to our next hotel; so we decided to have another serendipity day on the local roads which turned into a four hour trip. As navigator, my job is to read the maps and road signs. That’s great if Jim slows down here and there so that I can focus long enough to read the signs.
We were doing fine until we reached the large town of
Back in the car we magically found our road instantly and headed towards our destination of Giverny. Giverny was the final home of the artist Monet and has a lovely garden; his second most loved occupation after painting.
Our hotel is old and quaint. We’re in the attic or as some would say a garret; on the top floor with great views and a slanted ceiling. The bed is soft and lumpy but the ambience is the fun part of it. We do have a television, telephone which has allowed me to connect to the Internet (they had to turn the phone on at the reception desk) and a full private bathroom all in one room. Our toilette has been inside its own closet in the last two hotels with the sink, bidet and tub in the second closet. The rainstorm, thunder, lightening and heavy rain; started just as we got our luggage inside the hotel. The race today is north of here and they are riding in the rain! We had a fun welcome to the hotel. Friends in
Jim went to the museum to see work by the American Artists who were here before WW I; American
Today’s race was a team event and Lance’s US Postal Team came in first…Lance will be wearing the yellow jersey tomorrow as the overall leader time-wise! Happy days are here again! At least for one day!
Thursday, July 8th, 2004
We were off to the
Overcast weather as we started towards the toll road. We decided to take the more expensive but shorter route today. It was a fee for the road to
We arrived at the parking area for Le Mont St Michel and carried our luggage into the village walls and found the Hotel La Mere Poulard; our home for the night. It is located in the small village at the base of the Monastery. There are no cars allowed past the wall; roads are more paths than streets. But, since we had reservations we were allowed to park in lot #1; closest to the gates. We still had a piece to walk in the very strong wind that nearly knocked you down occasionally. After we finish watching the race on television today we will get out and walk through the village and enjoy the sights again. We toured the Monastery when we were here for the day in 2002; so we will spend the time exploring everything else. We have to move the car this evening before the tide comes in as most of the parking lot is covered with water for the night. The photo that is in the slideshow was taken on our approach to the Monastery after our stop for lunch.
The race today is headed south and will go through the area that we just left. But, if we’d stayed around to see them we would have arrived here very late; we changed our plans and will first view the race in Dinan. They will end their race today in
The sun looks like it trying to come out. It’s nearly 4 pm and the sun doesn’t set until nearly 11 pm this far north during the summer months. It will be a short night!