October 5th, 2013

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Visit to Le Musée des Égouts de Paris - Sept 18

As a contrast to our visit to Versailles we went to tour the sewers at Le Musée des Égouts de Paris. In 1964 when I went to Paris I went to the sewers tour which was very different - most of it was in a boat in the main sewer pulled by a couple of workers shouting the names of the restaurants and sights above. Now there is a museum with some interesting well-done exhibitions about the evolution of the water and sewer systems in Paris from when waste dripped into the Seine which was the source of drinking water. The tour was informative but less dramatic and macabre.

We saw flowing water, some of the machinery, a sign showing the old tour situation, an explanation how Victor Hugo knew a sewer inspector which helped him in describing the adventures of Jean Valjean, a small diorama with rats, streets signs showing what street was above.

I definitely recommend this as a place to go.

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A visit to Giverny - Sept 19

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Claude Monet lived in Giverny for 43 years. We were there for several hours. If you've ever seen some of his Water Lilies paintings you've almost been there. His house is a museum - no photographs allowed, but the pièce de résistance is the gardens. There were lots of flowers of all types - and then we crossed over to the Japanese pond garden where the lilies grow. What a gorgeous place! It is a 45 minute train ride from Paris to Vernon and then there is a bus that takes you to Giverny.

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