Chelsea Flower Show
Paris and London
2003


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Monet, Giverny, Hotel Baudy Rose Garden, American Museum, Versailles
 

Our tour starts…Friday evening we all gather for dinner and our first meeting! A wonderful dinner, our hotel is close enough to walk to a lot of things, is very quiet to sleep at night and most of all has great food! We all go to bed that night happy and satisfied.

Our whole day will be taken up by visiting Giverny and Monet, having lunch at Ancien Hotel Baudy, visiting their rose garden, walking around the village of Giverny.

Monet’s garden was as beautiful this year as last. Don’t forget to check out the recap of last year to see more pictures of this and other gardens…after having a wonderful lunch at Hotel Baudy, we walked through the gardens then headed down the street towards the old church and the final resting place of Monet. I just cannot seem to get enough pictures of flowers can I! We also visited the gardens of the American Museum – each of these gardens is a secret garden that you discover as you walk through and each a different colour combination – the pinks of the tulips and pansies etc. Wonderful little streets lined with roses, irises, wood and stone houses…a wonderful day had by all!
 

 


Our next day after breakfast we head out to Versailles – we plan to spend the whole day here so everyone can get in the tour of the Palace as well as see the fountain show and then visit the gardens. Last year I took a lot of pictures of the inside and so this year, let the group go through with my guide and I ran off to discover more of this beautiful place. You must remember there is a lot of walking involved but it is not hard walking and there is so much so see if you take the cuts through the special fountains. I start off with the orangery area – all these pots are taken in each fall for protection. I took pictures of the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon then to the Queen’s Hamlet and her Cottage. This Hamlet made Marie Antoinette’s garden famous. 12 houses were built here between 1783 and 1785 and ten still stand, including hers with the spiral outside staircase. Do you see the little thatched roof with the irises planted there? That was a sign of good things when irises made their way to a roof top. I sat in the bench that you see here by the spiral staircase, imaging what it must have been like to live at this time…the bridge with the two little ones in their yellow slickers watching the carp and swans in the pond. On the way back I kind of took another shortcut and ran into this garden with rhododendrons in bloom and the most magnificent tree limb that had swooped down to the ground and grown up from that position…

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

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